Nostell kick-off crucial month with Arnold Town test

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JANUARY is set to be a crucial month in Nostell MW’s battle against relegation from the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Premier Division.

Welfare ended 2012 in 20th and four points above bottom side Lincoln Moorlands, sparking concerns of an end-of-season relegation dogfight.

The New Year will give Alan Colquhoun and his men renewed hope of improved fortunes, however, especially with four of their six league matches being played on home soil in January.

Fellow strugglers Arnold Town visit the Welfare Ground for the first of those matches on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Victory for Welfare in their first match of 2013 would see them leapfrog their visitors and boost morale ahead of a seven-match month - Nostell also host Dinnington Town in the League Cup Third Round.

Home matches against Tadcaster Albion, Staveley MW and Retford United follow with trips to Armthorpe Welfare and basement side Lincoln also on the cards.

Welfare go into Saturday’s match licking the wounds of back-to-back defeats, however, the last of which came on Boxing Day with a 3-1 home loss against Thackley.

But they will be out not only for crucial points but to exact some revenge on Nottingham-based Arnold after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the reverse league match at Eagle Valley on the opening day of the season in August.

See this week’s Wakefield Express for all the latest sports news from around the district.