Blues and Town slip deeper into trouble

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Maltby’s fine run ends but Armthorpe keep up the good work

IT was not a good weekend for the regions local teams as both Hallam and Dinnington Town suffered heavy defeats to increase their relegation fears.

Maltby Main went down to a first league defeat in 12 games, beaten 1-0 at Muglet Lane by Nostell Miners Welfare where Richard Britton headed the only goal of the game on the half hour mark

Parkgate saw their game at Scarborough postponed with the Queensgate pitch waterlogged.

But Armthorpe Welfare continued their good run with an impressive 4-3 win at high riding Tadcaster Albion, while In Division One Worsbrough Bridge Athletic held leaders Staveley to a goalless draw at Park Road, despite playing the whole of the second half with ten-men after having Martyn Scully sent-off just before the break.

Dinnington sunk deeper into the relegation mire following a 4-0 home defeat against rivals Hall Road Rangers as Town slipped to an eighth league defeat on the spin and 13th without a win.

Dinnington were undone by two goals in 10 minutes midway through the first half with David Ricardo and Grant Millington goals putting Rangers in the driving seat. Matt Fyvie added Rangers third on 65 minutes before Tom Chippendale put the result beyond doubt late on.

Julian Watts first league game in charge of Hallam finished in a 5-0 defeat at leaders Farsley AFC.

The Blues were swept aside in the second half at Throstle Nest after holding out until the 54th minute. Adam Valente made his debut in goal after signing from Selby Town, while the Blues fielded two players from the U19’s and a reserve with one or two of the senior players absent for one reason or another

Goals from Andy Cooper and Gareth Grant inside the first 15 minutes of the second half put the leaders in control. Cooper extended the lead on 71 minutes with Ben Jones heading the fourth six minutes later before the experienced Simeon Bambrook grabbed the fifth with seven minutes remaining.

To add to both Hallam and Dinnington’s troubles, relegation rivals Liversedge pulled off a shock 5-3 home win over championship hopefuls Bridlington Town to leave the Blues anchored to the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety, with next to bottom Town three points ahead but having played more games than any of their relegation rivals.

Armthorpe’s climbed to eighth in the table after their victory over Tadcaster. Joe Wilcox headed in after 11 minutes with Leo-Fortune-West tapping in the second a minute before the break.

Albion pulled one back four minutes after the interval through Ryan Quarter but Henry Sibenge’s superb 25-yard rising shot restored the two goal cushion just after the hour. Terry Taylor made it 3-2 but Dave Buck scored a fine individual effort on 82 minutes to effectively win the game as Albion reduced the deficit in the last minute through Tom Woollard on the break.

Askern Villa kept their First Division promotion hopes alive after coming from behind to beat Leeds Carnegie 3-1 at Manor Way. Kyle Hawthorn fired the visitors into a 35th minute lead before Villa hit back with a three goal salvo late in the second half. Lee Wilkinson steered home a Jay Rollins cross on 72 minutes for the leveller with Rollins the provider once more for Daniel Ferguson to fire Villa in front from eight yards two minutes later before Ferguson converted a late penalty.

Brodsworth Welfare slumped to a 7-1 home defeat against Pontefract Collieries despite taking a 22nd minute lead through Ian Sharp. The visitors restored parity six minutes before the break but it was Jamie Cooke’s own-goal on 57 minutes that turned the game Collieries way.

Tuesday - League Cup 3rd rnd: Pickering T v Parkgate. Premier Div: Brighouse T v Armthorpe W. Div One: Pontefract Colls v Askern Villa, Rossington M v Brodsworth W, Worsbrough Br v Hemsworth MW.

Wednesday - Premier Div: Maltby Mn v Dinnington T. Div One: AFC Emley v Staveley MW, Handsworth v Grimsby Boro.