If only the rest of the season could be like this! That’s what LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE must be thinking after an electric start to their latest campaign in the Central Midlands League’s South Div ision.
Memories of last term’s calamity, when they finished next to bottom, were consigned to the dustbin as they crushed Calverton Miners Welfare 8-0 at Church Lane on Tuesday night.
OK, Calverton are the diviion’s whipping boys. They were the only side to finish below Linby last season and also leaked eight in their opening match of the new campaign last Saturday.
But Dave Marlow’s boys could do no more than deal with what was put in front of them. And they were happy to bask in their biggest victory since December 2011.
It certainly gave them much-needed confidence ahead of a trip to play champions Clifton All Whites in their second fixture this Saturday.
All eight of their goals came in the first 64 minutes after they had raced into a 5-0 lead by the half-hour mark.
And they could easily have broken double figures had they converted other chances, which included young striker Joe Butler hitting a post.
The rout was triggered as early as the second minute when a corner from Damian Mann was volleyed home by full-back Mason Frizelle, son of Marlow’s new assistant manager, Paul Frizelle.
Eight minutes later, an almost identical flagkick was thundered home by Ruban Mitchell. And in the 13th minute, star frontman Matt Murphy opened his account for the season by converting a penalty, awarded for a foul by the ‘keeper on Tom Coupe.
Man-of-the-match Mitchell was on target again to finish a fine move involving Coupe and Butler. And so was Murphy, who took advantage of more good approach play from Butler.
The second half opened with the sixth goal from midfielder Adam Fox after he had combined with Murphy.
And it wasn’t long before Butler was deservedly getting his name on the scoresheet.
First he beat the last defender to slot home after a searching pass from Mitchell.
And then Butler shot home on the half-volley after Terry Henshaw had fed marauding left-back Coupe for a cross from the byline.
Mann, Murphy and Coupe all had other efforts saved as Linby revelled in their heaviest win since they joined the CML three seasons ago.