Linby hope to save semi as frost bites

UNPLAYABLE -- the Hucknall Rolls Leisure pitch, which went from waterlogged (shown here) to frozen.
UNPLAYABLE -- the Hucknall Rolls Leisure pitch, which went from waterlogged (shown here) to frozen.
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As the frost bites hard, LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE are keeping their fingers crossed for a break in the bad weather to stage their big county cup semi-final this weekend.

Linby are scheduled to entertain Sandhurst in the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate Cup. And given that the visitors are struggling one level below them on the non-league ladder, Dave Marlow’s side have high hopes of making the final.

However, the weather decimated the local-football programme last weekend when all bar two matches involving Dispatch district clubs were postponed.

A lethal combination of snowbound, waterlogged and frozen pitches was to blame, with the victims including Linby’s attractive home clash against leaders Mickleover Royals in the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.

If their clash with Notts Senior League (NSL) outfit Sandhurst goes the same way, it is likely to be re-arranged for the following Saturday. The winners face either Cotgrave, of the NSL, or Bilsthorpe, of the CML, in the final.

Among other matches to fall foul of the weather were two big cup-ties involving HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE, whose pitch went from being waterlogged to frozen in a matter of days. Rolls will now play ther CML, league cup, Third Round (last 16) tie against Sherwood Colliery on Wednesday 18th February, while a new date needs to be fixed for their Floodlit Cup, southern quarter-final at home to Belper United.