Non-league football: Welfare’s bid for safety boosted by Miners win

Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston
Armthorpe manager Brian Johnston

Armthorpe Welfare took another step towards Premier Division safety with a hard earned 2-1 home win against bottom of the table Nostell MW.

Brian Johnston’s side lost 4-1 to Rainworth MW in the League Cup in midweek but the league is an immediate priority.

Matt Semley edged Armthorpe in front on the half hour mark after a weak punch from the visiting goalkeeper - and the second, on the stroke of half-time, came in similar circumstances, Craig Aspinall rifling home.

Nostell pulled one back 12 minutes from time in fortuitous fashion, but hopes of the visitors salvaging a point all but vanished in the 88th minute when they were reduced to ten-men.

The victory saw Welfare climb to 16th and two points outside the relegation drop zone with five games in hand, ahead of a tough home clash against third-placed Cleethorpes Town on Saturday.

Maltby Main came from two goals down at Clipstone to draw 2-2; their fourth draw on the trot.

Clipstone went two ahead through Mike Trench and Oli Ryan, but Josh Nodder’s brace - including a penalty - levelled the scores, and lifted Maltby to ninth.

This weekend the Miners host Rainworth MW where they will be looking to make up for a 3-1 defeat at Kirklington Road at the start of December.

Meanwhile, Rossington Main’s trip to Division One champions-elect Hemsworth MW went the way of the form book as the hosts ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

It looked ominous for Lee Holmes’ side once Nash Connolly had given the home side a second minute lead, nodding in a looping cross at the far post - moments after Rossington had hit the post.

Bill Laws doubled the advantage, converting a cross from close range on 35 minutes, and Connolly then scored his second on the stroke of half-time, rifling in from a low cross with the help of the crossbar.

The fourth arrived in stoppage time, Connolly completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot as Hemsworth maintained their 11-point lead at the top.

Rossington’s cushion over the bottom two was cut to six points after Worsbrough Bridge Athletic picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at Selby Town.

Rossington host improving Grimsby Borough this weekend in their penultimate home game of the campaign.

The two teams drew 2-2 at Bradley Road when Main came from 2-0 down at the intervale. Indeed Rossington are unbeaten in the last four league meetings and did the league double over Borough last term, including a 4-0 victory. Grimsby - one place but nine points ahead of Main - go into the game unbeaten in the last four.