More cup-final delight for double-seeking Linby

MURRAY MANIA -- Alistair Murray (right), who scored Linby's opening goal.
MURRAY MANIA -- Alistair Murray (right), who scored Linby's opening goal.
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Holders LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES reached their second successive Notts Senior League, Junior Cup final with a narrow extra-time victory on Wednesday night.

First Division Linby beat Second Division Kirkby underdogs Ashland Rovers 2-1 in a tight semi at Hucknall Rolls Leisure’s ground. And it meant the club have two finals to look forward to because the first team have already booked a place in the Notts FA Intermediate Cup showpiece.

Jamie Wheatley’s team went into the tie on the back of a dismal defeat against Nottinghamshire in their latest league match last Saturday when a depleted side that included four 18-year-olds and assistant boss Jay Parkin were hammered 6-1, despite a goal from Ben Samuels. They also took time to find their feet against Ashland, whose star striker Julian Topliss wasted two fine chances early on, including a one-on-one saved by goalkeeper Glenn Guyatt.

However, after top scorer Luke Price had seen a goal disallowed for offside and two penalty appeals had been turned down, Linby took the lead in the 65th minute when Alistair Murray headed in a corner to the far post by Aaron Potter. Topliss levelled eight minutes later to force extra-time. But Price bagged the winner in the 102nd minute and later hit the bar.