The transformation of LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES was completed when they clinched promotion from the Notts Senior League’s Second Division.
Linby’s second string have often been the fall-guys in recent years and finished in the bottom five last term.
But they have been revived by the new management team of Jamie Wheatley and Jay Perkins. And va 4-1 victory over Selston Reserves in their final match of the season last midweek grabbed the runners-up spot, just two points behind champions Clifton Reserves.
They will now go up to Division One, joining near-neighbours Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves.
“Wheatley has completely turned round the fortunes of Linby Reserves inside just one season,” said club secreyary Ady Ward.
“He has brought quality into the side, with the likes of Ant Wallis and Alistair Murray, and has shown a willingness to work with first-team boss Dave Marlow.
“Indeed Marlow has even turned out to play for Wheatley.”
The decisive match was virtually over by the 15th minte as Linby stormed into a three-goal lead, courtesy of Wallis, top scorer Ross Cheeseman and first-teamer Damian Mann with a piledriver.
Selston substitute Liam Gregory pulled one back in the 70th minute before one of the home team’s subs, Mitch Duffin, rounded off the scoring.
LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2): Guyatt/ Martin, Ball, Prewett, Dickens/ Bernard J., Murray (man-of-match), Endy, Mann/ Wallis, Cheeseman. Subs: Bernard D. (for Bernard J. 50), Duffin (for Mann 68), Mee (for Endy 73).
HUCKNALL Town’s youthful reserve-side wrapped up their Central Midlands League, South Division programme with a 2-0 defeat at Real United.
The result means HUCKNALL TOWN AFC finish next to bottom in the table after only three wins and 14 points from 30 matches. But they have shown plenty of promise, leaving manager Andy Graves with lots of hope for the future.