Butler goals wrap up a fantastic February for Linby

JOE BAGS -- man-of-the-match Joe Butler (right), who scored two of Linby's goals.
JOE BAGS -- man-of-the-match Joe Butler (right), who scored two of Linby's goals.

Young striker Joe Butler enhanced his reputation as in-form LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE completed a fantastic February with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Holbrook St Michael’s.

Man-of-the-match Butler put in a massive shift that was rewarded with two goals to take his tally for the season to 20. And his efforts helped Linby into contention for the league’s team of the month award after a run of three straight wins in the Central Midlands League’s South Division, plus the booking of a place in the Notts FA Intermediate County Cup final.

Dave Marlow’s men were in front from the 21st minute when a long ball by centre-back Matt Peberday caused confusion in the Saints defence, enabling Butler to pounce and squeeze home from a tight angle.

As the chances accumulated, goalkeeper Luca Rocco pulled off a brilliant save. But Linby were on top and after Butler’s volley had been cleared off the line and substitute Tom Coupe had struck a post, Ruban Mitchell calmly dispatched a penalty for his 16th goal of the campaign after a typical surging run by Coupe had drawn a foul.

Saints did grab a lifeline with a goal from Shane Burrows. But the points were sealed in the 70th minute when Butler slammed home after visiting ‘keeper Dan Waddington had saved an effort by Linby debutant Dale Chapman.

LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-1-1) -- Rocco/ Frizelle M., Loydall, Peberday, Henshaw/ Charles, Ryan, Winfield, Mitchell K./ Mitchell R./ Butler. SUBS: Coupe 9for Winfield 50), Chapman (for Ryan 57), Marlow D. (for Mitchell K. 84).