‘Massive signing’ to drive Linby ambition

Glory-seeking LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE have beefed up their backroom staff as they prepare for their big Notts FA Senior County Cup quarter-final next week.

Linby, who have reached the last eight for the first time in 16 years, have appointed Steve Peat, formerly of Hucknall Town, as their new general manager.

Peat held the same position at Watnall Road for seven months last year after making the switch from Rainworth Miners Welfare with chairman Derek Blow.

“Steve will bring his extensive knowledge of non-leaguie football,” said Linby secretary Adrian Ward.

“He is charged with raising the profile of the club, dealing with sponsorships and helping us get back into the elite of Nottinghamshire football.

“He is a massive signing for Linby. It is a great coup attracting him here. He will being new ideas and drive.”

Peat, who quit Town amid their latest financial crisis, said

“Hopefully I can help put Linby back on the map.

“They are very much up and coming, with some exciting plans. A team for the future.”

Peat will link up with Linby’s new chairman, ex-player Dave Elson, and highly regarded young manager Dave Marlow, who has steered the club from the doldrums in his 20 months at the helm.

Their Senior Cup tie takes place at Hucknall Town’s ground next Thursday night against Clifton All Whites.

Clifton, who are managed by Chris Driffill, are one of Linby’s rivals in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

They performed heroics to reach last season’s final (before losing 2-0 to Eastwood Town), and knocked out Retford United, of the Northern Counties East League, in the last round.

They sit just above Linby in the league table, having beaten the locals 3-1 when they last met in September.

Marlow’s men lost their latest league match at title-chasing Belper United last Saturday.

But considering they were without four key members of their strike force, Matt Murphy, Baz Payne, Kyle McDermott and Damian Mann, plus goalkeeper Phil McNeill (rested), they were far from disgraced by a 1-0 defeat.

Indeed the only goal of the game, scored by Josh Wisdom in the eighth minute, looked suspiciously offside.

LINBY LINE-UP: Lewis/ Henshaw, Jago, Banister, Dakers/ Niblett C., Ryan, Winfield (man-of-match), Bradshaw/ Start A., Peberday. Subs: Marlow D., Marlow S., Burke.