Linby held, but happy with their best points tally

SAINTS ALIVE -- Harrowby clear their lines, despite the presence of Joe Butler and Mason Frizelle in a Linby attack. (PHOTO BY: Mick Peberday).

SAINTS ALIVE -- Harrowby clear their lines, despite the presence of Joe Butler and Mason Frizelle in a Linby attack. (PHOTO BY: Mick Peberday).

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Philosophical LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE were far from downhearted, despite being held to a goalless draw by lowly Harrowby Saints at Church Lane.

For the point gave them their highest tally (37) since they joined the Central Midlands League’s South Division from the Notts Senior League three years ago.

It should have been three points, though, because Linby created more than enough chances gto beatg their Grantham visitors. Indeed they forced no fewer than 14 corners in the second half alone.

After a slow start, in which Ruban Mitchell headed off the line, Dave Marlow’s side settled down to shade a closely-fought first period. Saints ‘keeper Jack Nason pulled off terrific saves to deny Tom Coupe and Rian Charles, both after good work by Damian Mann, while Joe Butler also went close twice.

The nearest Linby came to breaking the deadlock was eight minutes into the second half when a shot by man-of-the-match Ruban Mitchell was deflected on to the bar.

Such bad luck set the tone for the rest of the game, with a close-range shot by Coupe somehow cleared off the line and 18-year-old Rian Charles wasting a golden opening.

Nason made another wonderful stop to thwart Butler in a one-on-one and, four minutes from time, he rounded off a fine display by brilliantly saving Kaylum Mitchell’s first-time volley.

LINBY LINE-UP (3-5-2) -- Rocco/ Loydall, Peberday, Henshaw/ Frizelle M., Mitchell R., Charles, Mitchell K., Coupe/ Butler, Mann. SUBS: Chapman (for Mann 68), Fox (for Coupe 80).