It all came to a head yesterday at Langwith Road as the crowd of 96 saw a thoroughly entertaining tie between Shirebrook Town and Armthorpe Welfare – with Alan Widdowson’s side romping to a 6-1 win, their biggest win for a number of years in the league.
Mark Robinson opened the scoring on 9 minutes, only for Gareth Roberts to equalise ten minutes later. Then Shirebrook came into their own with two quick goals before the break an then three within twenty-one minutes of the restart (Sam Dockwray ‘35, ‘66 and Billy Simpson ’45, ‘58 and Issac Fisher ‘49).
Widdowson was obviously delighted with the win, “We went into the game with a great attitude and spirit and this showed when the whistle was blown.
“It took a while for us to get to grips with the strong wind and armthorpe started better than us creating a few decent chances . We then started to play quicker and in the right areas and got our rewards with the first goal from Mark Robinson.
“We then switched off for 10 mins and Armthorpe got a deserved equaliser when we didn’t pick runners up from a set piece. After this we rolled up our sleeves and took total control of the game. We was denied the lead from the penalty spot as there keeper made a brilliant save from Carter Widdowson spot kick. But from the resulting corner a Sam Dockwray bullet header put us in from.
“Then just before Half Time Billy Simpson made it 3-1 with a tap in from some great play down the flanks . We virtually put the game to bed in quick succession with goals from Isaac Fisher and a 2nd for Billy Simpson. Fair play to Armthorpe they kept going and Levi Owen had to be at his best with two brilliant saves.
“We got our final goal from a counter attack with Sam Dockwray finishing the move with the finish. A very good and disciplined performance from us throughout. Sam Dockwray led by example up top . I thought he was outstanding today.
“The whole team deserve credit for the part they played in what could of been a very tricky game . All the best to Armthorpe for the rest of the season.”