Tired LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE are in danger of finishing in the bottom five at the end of their debut season in the Central Midlands League.
This follows their ninth defeat by only the odd goal in the South Division -- this time at Southwell City.
A poor game resulted in few chances and was settled by a controversial penalty when Aaron Ryan was adjudged to have fouled, despite minimal contact. Ben Smith confidently converted the spot-kick.
Linby’s only bright spot was the continuing emergence of promising 17-year-olds Joe Butler, who hit a post, and Charlie Miller.
Now they need to win their last match against Sutton Town AFC next Tuesday night to edge towards mid-table respectability.
LINBY LINE-UP (4-3-3): Miles/ Marlow D., Banister, Jago, Dakers/ Ryan, Niblett C., Winfield/ McDermott, Butler, Murphy. Subs: Mann (for Butler 45), Miller (for Jago 46).
Three days earlier, Linby were unlucky not to beat high-riding Mickleover Royals when producing a much better display in a 2-2 draw.
They twice fell behind to goal from African striker Silas Majoni in the 15th and 48th minutes.
But they deservedly levelled each time -- man-of-the-match Kyle McDermott turning his man to find the top corner from the edge of the area on 27 and youngster Butler finishing superbly from a cracking through-ball by Ryan.
Butler also had an effort cleared off the line, while Linby had two penalty-claims rejected as they dominated the final half-hour.
LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2): Miles/ Banister, Peberday, Henshaw, Coupe/ Niblett C., Ryan, Winfield, McDermott/ Butler, Murphy. Subs: Fox (for Niblett 70), Miller, Endy, Dakers, Marlow D.
LEGENDARY veteran striker John Riley added another goal to his all-time record total for the club to boost LINBY RESERVES’S promotion in Division Two of the Notts Senior League.
Riley went on as an 80th minute substitute in Linby’s 6-2 win over Moorgreen and scored from the penalty spot with his first kick of the game!
Alistair Murray (2), Ant Wallis (penalty) and Ross Cheeseman were also on target, and Linby went on to beat the same side 3-2 last Saturday, courtesy of a last-minute goal from supersub Daniel Bernard.