Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 20
25/11/23 - Wombwell Town vs Armthorpe Welfare
It felt like forever since the Wellers last played due to a couple of postponements, but it served as time to allow injuries to heal and new signings to be made.
While the first half was virtually devoid of chances, it gave Gavin Allott and Kane Reece time to settle into the action after injuries and for Tyler Walker and Ant Mackie to get used to their new team mates on their debut.
The action in front of goal however didn't materialise with a header from Gadhafi Kiwanuka going wide and a lobbed effort over his shoulder at the end of the half by Brad Kerr easily caught by Billy Hicks.
Half Time: WTFC 0, AWFC 0.
The Wellers pressed forward more in the second half and after referee Louie Parker correctly waved on appeal for a penalty away after Mackie went down on 50 minutes a spot kick was given just six minutes later.
A long throw by Owen Sykes into the box was flicked on by Allott to Kerr who played the ball back in front of goal only for a follow through clearance making contact with Allott who went down in a heap.
Allott hit the penalty into the corner of the net, despite Hicks diving the right way, to record his 7th penalty for the club and 16th goal in 10 appearances.
The equaliser from Armthorpe came with ten minutes remaining as a throw from the right was half cleared by Kerr to player/manager James Baxendale.
Baxendale's ball back into the box missed everyone bar substitute Charlie Clegg who reacted the quicked at the far post and put the ball over Jono Davis into the roof of the net.
With time running out a long ball forward by Sykes was flicked on by substitute debutante Joe Jagger and latched onto by fellow sub Eddie Agnew, sporting a new look with a shaved head.
As Agnew raced clear the offside flag was raised against Mackie some 20 yards away from the ball, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
There could have been another penalty awarded as Reece played in Jason Paling down the right and found Jagger in the box. With the striker on the ball and two-handed shove in the back saw the on loan striker go down, but the appeals were waved away.
One final piece of controversy saw a bizarre free-kick given in added time. Davis' throw from his own area was headed on by Reece to release the Wellers into the attack once more, only for the referee to blow for an apparent handball.
Wombwell Town - 1
Gavin Allott 57 (pen)
Armthorpe Welfare - 1
Charlie Clegg 80
Player of the Match