Ammers lose ground at Welfare

Ammers conceded the advantage to Armthorpe Welfare in the relegation run-in the 86th-minute of their visit to The Marra Falcons Stadium, beaten 2-1 on Saturday despite having led.

Kaiden Cheetham had lifted Ammers out of the drop zone again for twenty-four minutes, breaking clear of Armthorpe’s defence on the hour mark.

Harley McCormack’s header at the far post from a corner was enough to move Armthorpe back above Ammers.

Craig Maynard’s red-card, leading to a penalty, was compounded as Charlie Clegg converted, leaving Ammers now four points adrift of this afternoon’s opponents.

Ousmane Sidibe made his Ammers’ full debut since signing from Horbury Town. TJ Kongolo and Birama Sidibe the two other changes to those that started against Wakefield.

Sidibe’s first action in Ammers red, this afternoon, was a late shoulder challenge to cost a foul. Seeing the delivery headed wide at the far post, Finlay Wade exploited the space afforded behind, turning inside then back out and being fouled on the edge of the opposite box. The opportunity comes to nothing despite both sides creating early chances

Evan Fortune-West twice went close within the opening five minutes, first denied from 5-yards out by Viles tipping over and then being positioned underneath the corner from the right, centre of the box, half-volleying over the bar.

Another corner, this occasion from the left, beat Viles protecting his near post, giving Clegg sight of an open goal only to head over.

Fortune-West found space slightly wide of the congested centre but making the angle more difficult. He turned infield and chose power over accuracy, firing over.

Diallo’s speed had looked The Ammers’ outlet for the opening 25 minutes but when that avenue was closed, a passing lane to Korbel was open, receiving the ball back before finding Smith in space deep. His shot was blocked but rebounded onto Wade’s toes.

The winger, inside the right channel of the box, shifted the ball onto his right foot before seeing his effort parried by Billy Hick.

The ball again dropped favourably for Ammers, Kaiden Cheetham volleying first-time, beside the penalty spot, wide of the right-hand post.

Fortune-West then succumbed to portraying the stereotypical role of a forward his size and moving deep, away from Ammers’ box to start the build-up, positioning himself perfectly as the target-man for a pressured clearance away from Armthorpe’s box. Jack Varley is clear wide left, able to run at the full-back and cross to the again well-postioned forward supported in the box but the delivery lacks the accuracy, dropping the wrong side of goal before the break.

Viles’ confident call was equalled by the conviction when he’s given a short back-pass on the edge of his box, cleared with no hesitation.

Diallo continued his run of form from the first-half, passing Kurtis O’Donnell playing as Armthorpe’s right full-back. The decision was to cut the ball back into Korbel but he’s smothered before he can get his shot away.

Ammers’ direct play found it’s target after an hour as Cheetham opened the scoring. The visitors’ number 9 is the first to the direct ball over Armthorpe’s defence, closed down by Hick in goal but is able to round the ‘keeper. It’s not a simple finish, forced wide to the left and with some distance still to cover but he decided to shoot early, from the edge of the box, into the centre of goal.

Smith too found space having drifted wide, then looked for Wade in the centre of the box from a cross from the right, outjumped by the centre-half.

Wade then got fouled twice to make sure he received the free-kick. Countering, Wade staggered his run on the right, the acceleration tempting a late leg from the defender. Wade stumbled but the ball ran onto Diallo. As the former received the ball back, he looked inside initially before making way round the outside of his marker again, held back by his shirt and winning the free-kick deep into Armthorpe’s half which came to nothing.

The league was back in status quo on 84 minutes as McCormack headed in to level from a self-inflicted corner from Ammers’ regards. Maynard misplaced his free-kick on half-way line, straight to Jack Varley with a clear sight at goal to run into. The forward was caught by the chasing defence and the ball forced behind for a corner. The initial delivery was again cleared behind but the second’s deep delivery was met by McCormack to head inside the post.

Armthorpe extended their advantage to four and also in personnel as Maynard’s late challenge in the box conceded a penalty and saw him sent off four minutes early, Charlie Clegg converting the penalty.

There was not enough time for a response from Ammers who lose ground on their relegation rivals in the meeting in Doncaster.

Retaliation can come at Selby Town who host The Ammers in their next league fixture on Saturday 3rd February.