Non-league football: Away specialists win ninth on the road

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For the second week in a row the Northern Counties East League programme was disrupted by postponements with eight of the scheduled matches called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Amongst those affected were Hallam’s clash against Dinnington Town at Sandygate along with Dronfield Town’s game against Rossington Main at Stonelow Road and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic’s match with Hemsworth MW at Park Road.

Parkgate are still looking for their first points of 2014 after being well beaten 4-1 at home by Athersley Recreation which saw the visitors chalk up a ninth away league win of the season from just 12 trips.

The Steelmen were undone by a three goal salvo in the space of 14 first half minutes. Kieron Scargill fired Athersley into a 24th minute lead then Joe Thornton doubled the advantage four minutes later with Scargill scoring his second and Athersley’s third eight minutes from the interval to leave the hosts with it all to do.

Jack Briscoe added the fourth 11 minutes from time to put the result beyond doubt before Parkgate grabbed a consolation effort in stoppage time with Under 19s player Dylan Parrott scoring his first senior goal.

Armthorpe Welfare took the bragging rights in the local derby beating Maltby Main 2-0 at Church Street, a result which saw the hosts make it four wins from the last five, whilst for the Miners it was the complete opposite bringing up their fourth defeat in five.

Armthorpe went ahead in the 11th minute when a long kick from goalkeeper Will Biggs found its way to Darren Mansaram who played the ball off for Kieran Benson to score with a good finish across the keeper.

Welfare doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half as Danny Taylor took full advantage of a defensive error to nip in and lob the ball over Ben Dring in the Miners goal.

With the visitors pressing, Rob Branagan almost set up a grandstand finish 10 minutes from time but unfortunately for Maltby his header from a corner flashed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce hung on to their slender lead at the top of Division One with an expected 3-0 victory at struggling Appleby Frodingham.

Lee Swift fired Shaw Lane into an early lead but they had to wait until the 73rd minute before breaching the Frodingham’s determined resistance through an Ashley Flynn effort with Flynn wrapping up the points with his second and the visitors third seven minutes later.

AFC Emley are without a win in three after being held at home 2-2 against Yorkshire Amateur.

Ryan Pleasant put Emley in front on 18 minutes. They fell behind 2-1 but Liam Schofield levelled on 68 minutes.