Match Report: Armthorpe Welfare 0 Nostell MW 2

A goal in each half consigned Welfare to their third consecutive defeat in a game in which they rarely threatened the opposition, writes Steven Pennock.

Welfare were without both Leon Loftus and Lee Betts who were unavailable whilst Liam Radford was  still missing through injury.

Nostell had a great chance in the 4th minute when Jack Cowgill headed a corner over the bar from just a few yards out and eight minute later Welfare ‘keeper Alfie Stevens-Neale watched a 25 yard free-kick fly harmlessly wide.

Welfare’s first real venture into the Nostell box came on 19 minutes when Steve Garner picked out Craig Aspinall’s run into the box but his ball across goal was cleared by Rhys Meynell.

A minute later Nostell took the lead when Jack Owen dispossessed Craig Laight mid-way inside the Welfare half and he sent Andrew Horbury away to easily slot the pass past the advancing Stevens-Neale.

At the other end Welfare responded with Garner seeing his header from a Josh Dodd corner acrobatically collected by ‘keeper Matthew Brooke.

Dodd fired wide from distance before Stevens-Neale was called into action, flinging himself to his left to push away an angled shot from Horbury on 35 minutes. Three minutes later Stevens-Neale pulled off another great save, this time to deny Adam Hayton who had arrived late into the box to get on the end of a pull-back from Horbury.

Welfare came close to equalising on 40 minutes when Dodd’s deep corner was headed back across goal by Kyle Wesley and part cleared to Aspinall who saw his well struck first time volley from 25 yards brilliantly pushed over the bar by Brooke.

Stevens-Neale was well placed to collect a low shot from Horbury on 53 minutes and watched a looping header just clear his crossbar on 67 minutes before pulling off a fantastic save to deny Nostell sub Danny Edwards who had all the goal to aim at from 15 yards.

Nostell grabbed their second goal on 80 minutes when Jack Owen rose to meet a corner and steer a header into the net from close range.

Three minutes later Owen worked his way into the box before firing and angled shot wide with just Stevens-Neale to beat.

Welfare introduced youngster Jack Durose for the last five minutes as the game petered out.

Welfare : Stevens-Neale, Paskell (Greaves 65), Bucknall, K. Wesley, Laight, Garner (Sherburn 65 mins), Dodd, Aspinall (Durose 85 mins), Mansaram, Williams, O’Neill. Unused subs. Simpkins, A. Jackson.

Referee : Mr. G. Whitehead

Attendance : 92

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