YOU have to go back 60 years for the last time LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE made any sort of impact in the Notts FA Senior County Cup.
To the days when former Arsenal star and subsequent Notts County boss Ernest ‘Tim’ Coleman was their manager and they won the trophy three times.
But those glory days were re-lived on Thursday night last week when Linby came from a goal down to beat Clipstone Welfare, who play one level above them in the Northern Counties East League’s First Division.
The Third Round (last 16) tie, originally postponed because of snow, had to be switched from Linby’s Church Lane ground as they don’t have floodlights.
But it mattered little to Dave Marlow’s troops, who triumphed 2-1 to earn a quarter-final crack at Retford United (SEE BACK PAGE).
The locals had to endure a shaky opening 20 minutes when Clipstone’s ex-Hucknall Town striker Steve Carty brought an outstanding one-on-one save from goalkeeper Phil McNeill and then Jamie Tryner blazed over from only 12 yards.
However, Linby not only settled down, with strikers Matt Murphy and Baz Payne and wideman Kyle McDermott always dangerous, they also piled on the pressure.
Soon it was the turn of Clipstone’s ‘keeper, Jamie Davies, to make superb stops as he foiled Murphy, Payne and left-back Tom Coupe. Murphy looked sure to score after combining well with McDermott and Payne -- only for Davies to produce a stunning reflex stop.
Clipstone still snatched the lead with virtually the last kick of the half when a free-kick to the far post saw Carty lose his marker to volley home with panache.
But whatever Marlow said at the break certainly worked because Linby came out to play some untouchable football in the opening spell of the second period.
Terrific work by man-of-the-match McDermott created the equaliser as he skipped past his man to cross for Payne, who slid a fine finish into the bottom corner.
And six minutes later, McDermott was again the architect as his superb pass found Murphy, who drilled a devastating 20-yard drive into the bottom corner.
The goal proved to be the winner, with Linby comfortably seeing out the rest of the tie. Az Ryan, Chaz Niblett and Jonty Bradshaw controlled midfield, while the back four of Simon Marlow, Mark Jago, Michael Banister and Coupe were solid.
LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- McNeill/ Marlow S., Jago, Banister, Coupe/ Bradshaw, Ryan, Niblett C., McDermott/ Murphy, Payne. Subs: Burke (for McDermott 79), Mann (for Murphy 85).