The Mitchell brothers were the headline act that stole the show. But this wasn’t Grant and Phil on Albert Square in EastEnders. It was Ruban and Kaylum on Church Lane in Linby.
For the teenagers inspired a 6-0 thrashing of Doncaster outfit Askern that eased LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE into the Second Round of the Central Midlands League Cup.
Nineteen-year-old Ruban bagged a hat-trick and Kaylum (17) was man-of-the-match against Askern, who sit seventh in the league’s North Division, Now Linby have been drawn at home to the North division’s leaders, Clay Cross Town, in Round Two.
After their terrific start to the league season in the South Division, Linby boss Dave Marlow took the opportunity to rotate his squad, leaving key players such as Matt Murphy and Ash Winfield in the bench and starting Kaylum up front. But it had no impact on their confident form and, after a cagey start, they exploded into life with a whirlwind barrage of four goals in ten minutes.
Kaylum justified his inclusion by having a hand in all four goals. First he jinked his way to the byline before crossing to the far post where Kyle McDermott’s header was saved and Joe Butler swept home the rebound. And then, after seeing a shot cleared off the line, he supplied a delightful through-ball for Butler to slot in expertly.
Next, Kaylum’s pace created a one-on-one that he crashed against the bar, with brother Ruban calmly picking up the pieces this time. And three minutes later, he deservedly got on the scoresheet himself, dispatching a penalty after he had been fouled at the end of a mazy run.
With the tie all but over, the rest of the action was an anti-climax. But two more goals from Ruban Mitchell completed his treble by the hour.
First, he pinged a half-volley into the bottom corner after Terry Henshaw’s free-kick had been cleared to the edge of the area. And then, just before the hour, he finished superbly in the bottom corner from an exquisite through-ball by gangly striker Butler.
Demoralised Askern might have conceded even more as their ‘keeper, Danny Jones, made saves to thwart Butler, Murphy and that man Kaylum Mitchell.
LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Rocco/ Frizelle M., Peberday, Henshaw, Coupe/ Mitchell R., Charles, Ryan, McDermott/ Mitchell K., Butler. SUBS: Winfield (for Ryan 60), Murphy (for Mitchell R. 60), Loydall (for Peberday 64), Mann.