BAD weather hit the league programme once more with snow and rain causing the postponement of all but seven of the scheduled fixtures.
Locally, only games involving Maltby Main, Armthorpe Welfare and Rossington Main survived with Rossington romping to their biggest away win of the season after beating Grimsby Borough 6-0, a result that saw the Oxford Street outfit climb to 16th in Division One.
But there was disappointment for both Armthorpe and Maltby with Welfare thrashed at home by Lincoln Moorlands, while Maltby went down at reigning Premier Division champions Bridlington Town.
Armthorpe were humbled 8-2 at Church Street by Lincoln Moorlands Railway and had striker Leo Fortune-West sent-off in the first half, though Welfare were already 5-0 down at the time.
Des Bennett’s side had made a reasonable enough start with Craig Wilkinson and David Buck both going close early on.
However, they were rocked back as Lincoln struck four times in 20 minutes before the break. Nathan Adams opened the scoring on 22 minutes and added a second seven minutes later. Sean Cann grabbed the third from the penalty on 37 minutes following a foul by Welfare keeper Jamie Green.
It was 4-0 three minutes later when Cann curled in a great effort that Green could do little about and within two minutes Josh Schofield had added a fifth.
It got worse for Armthorpe just before the break when Fortune-West was given a straight red for an alleged stamp on an opponent. Buck reduced the deficit in first half stoppage time with a simple close range header from a James Walker cross.
Armthorpe were fortunate not to be down to go down to nine-men when Green conceded a second penalty six minutes after the interval, from which Cann made it 6-1. Adams completed his hat trick for the seventh on 54 minutes with Schofield running in his second and the visitors eighth just past the hour mark. Henry Sibenge pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining with a low drive after Craig Morley had headed the ball on but it was an afternoon to forget in Armthorpe in what was their biggest hiding for many a year.
Maltby Main dropped one place to sixth after a 4-2 defeat at promotion chasing Bridlington Town in a scoreline that flattered the defending champions.
The seasiders were 2-0 up inside the first 10 minutes with goals from James Bennett and Craig Palmer with Craig Hogg extended the lead from the penalty spot on 21 minutes.
The Miners though came back strongly and had the home side on the back foot for the remainder of the half but without making it count.
However, Steve Adams side got the goal they had deserved on 58 minutes when Simon Hickey headed in to give them hope. Maltby continued to push forward only to be caught on the break seven minutes from time as Scott Phillips put the game out of reach with fourth before the Miners deservedly got a second in time added on through Scott Whittington.
Rossington got off to a flyer at Grimsby with a goal after just three minutes, Liam Charlton steering a shot wide of the keeper after Jake Vernon’s fine ball over the top. Grimsby were down to 10-men on 25 minutes when David Unsworth was sent off for bringing down Charlton as he bore down on goal.
Rossington doubled their advantage seven minutes before the break when the Borough keeper allowed Michel McDonald’s cross from 40-yards out near the touchline to squirm through his hands.
Charlton extended the lead in first half stoppage time, sweeping home a Jason Stokes cross before Vernon headed the fourth five minutes after the interval from Charlton’s pin-point cross.
Sub Zeph Thomas grabbed a brace, the first on 85 minutes, a great strike into the top corner from just outside the box after Nathan Fraser had laid the ball off, before putting the icing on the cake of what was a fine Rossington performance deep into stoppage time with a low drive across the keeper after playing a neat one-two with Vernon on the edge of the area.
Fixtures - Tuesday - Division One: Hemsworth MW v Brodsworth Welfare, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Leeds Carnegie.
Wednesday - Premier Division: Hall Road Rangers v Maltby Main.
Division One: AFC Emley v Handsworth.