Manager Dave Marlow has disclosed the key to the great revival at LINBY COLLIERY WELFAR, which came grinding to a halt in their latest Central Midlands League (CML), South Division match.
No sooner had Linby been praised from the rooftops for their remarkable transformation from last season than they were brought down to earth by a 3-1 defeat against Mickleover Royal British Legion.
However, they remain in the top four of the table and after the tributes paid to manager Marlow in last week’s Dispatch, the young manager gave an insight into the reasons why his side have suddenly turned round their form.
Linby had pulled up few trees in their first two seasons in the CML and finished as low as next to bottom last term.
But Marlow stressed how important it had been to be given “trust, patience and, most importantly, time to build a good club and team”.
Writing in Linby’s matchday programme for last Saturday’s clash with Mickleover, the 35-year-old Marlow said: “On the surface, it appeared that we were on the decline.
“I’m sure that after such a poor season, people were questioning whether there should be a change and that maybe the status quo wasn’t right.
“However, since I’ve been at the club, I have felt nothing but loyalty from its members and have never felt the pressure of having to achieve immediate success.
“Although last season didn’t appear a success, it was actually really pivotal for a couple of reasons.
“Firstly, it saw the introduction of a new group of exciting and very talented young players who were emerging out of our fantastic under-18s.
“Getting 20-plus games of experience at both first-team and reserve-team level has been momentous for this group of players’ development.
“Last season also gave our more experienced players an opportunity to regain their fitness, form and hunger for the game. You can now see that youth and experience combining so well every time there is a fixture. Long may it continue.”
The Mickleover defeat was Linby’s second reverse against the Derbyshire side in three weeks. They also crashed 5-3 in the away fixture on 1st November.
Linby started well enough and a bullet header by Aaron Ryan, from a Matt Murphy corner, gave them a tenth minute lead. But two goals from set-pieces -- a direct free-kick by Ben Stockley and a free heasder for Sam Bartram -- changed the game.
On a heavy pitch, Linby struggled to move the ball with tempo and leaked another Bartram goal in the second half.