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Double boost for Welfare

24th May, 2017

Armthorpe Welfare manager Mike Carmody has revealed that last seasonís Managerís Player of the Year, Chris Gowen, and the Players' Player of the Year, Josh Gibbons, have both committed to remaining with the club for next season.

The South Yorkshire side are rebuilding for life in Toolstation NCEL Division One after they finished in the Premier Division relegation zone last month.

Looking forward to the new challenge, Carmody said: "It's tremendously positive news that two of our most consistent performers have agreed to be part of a new chapter for the club as we look to assemble a strong squad for the coming season.

"I know I can always rely on them both to give me all they have for the cause."

Experienced left-back Gowen (pictured left) joined Welfare in October last year from Selby Town with the 34-year-old having also previously played for Frickley Athletic (two spells), North Ferriby United, Pickering Town and Barton Town Old Boys.

Gibbons (pictured right) joined from Askern Villa and made 27 league appearances last season as he cemented a place in the centre of the Welfare defence with some commanding displays.

Gowen added: "When I signed for Mick last year my aim was to help him and the club avoid relegation, something which I'd never experienced before.

"I was hoping we could achieve this - then, I'd have probably hung my boots up but, after the disappointment of last year, I'd hate to bow out on a relegation.

"I'd imagine this will be my last season, so hopefully we can put the wrongs of last year right. It wouldn't have felt right walking away.

"Last year was very disappointing for everyone at the club but I know from speaking with Mick that a lot was going on behind the scenes to make the club that bit more professional and it certainly wants to go in the right direction.

"The problem, as always, is finances and if players want to play, but with the players Mickís hopeful of getting in, I can't see any reason why we can't aim for a play off spot."

(Story Source: Armthorpe Welfare)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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