Brilliant Millward spearheads Linby romp with hat-trick

ALL RIGHT JACK -- Linby's man-of-the-match, hat-trick hero Jack Millward.

ALL RIGHT JACK -- Linby's man-of-the-match, hat-trick hero Jack Millward.

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A 15-minute hat-trick by young Jack Millward was the highlight of a 6-0 romp for Linby Colliery Welfare against bottom-of-the-table Southwell City in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

With nine players unavailable, Linby might have feared an upset against a side who had lost seven of their previous eight starts. But they needn’t have worried as they dominated play and could have scored even more goals.

Mind you, there were 28 minutes on the clock before they made their initial breakthrough. Good work by centre-back Will Spray, making his first-team debut, released Kaylum Mitchell, whose intelligent through-ball enabled Joe Butler to power his way past the last man and coolly slot home.

Four minutes later, Matt Murphy smashed a shot against the underside of the bar before Linby finally turned the screw in the second half, which opened with Butler volleying home Kaylum Mitchell’s free-kick.

Millward struck in the 57th, 59th and 72nd minutes, snaffling a rebound from seven yards after Butler’s shot was cleared off the line, drilling superbly under the ‘keeper and volleying home a Murphy cross. He also had a hand in a goal for Kaylum Mitchell, who finished a one-on-one in style.

To their credit, Southwell never stopped trying to play football and would have bagged a consolation but for timely interventions by Spray and Ash Winfield.

LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-1-1) -- Guyatt/ Marlow S., Spray, Winfield, Meakin/ Millward, Mitchell R., Charles, Mitchell K./ Murphy/ Butler. SUBS: Coupe (for Meakin 52), Marlow D. (for Millward 77).