Free-scoring frontman Matt Murphy was at it again as LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE graced Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium in the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate County Cup.
Because they finished as low as next to bottom in the Central Midlands League’s South Division last season, Linby were demoted from the senior county cup.
And the First Round draw of the intermediate version pitted them against Bawtry Town, who play at Rovers’ academy stadium within the Keepmoat complex.
But they were far from overawed and a hat-trick by Murphy steered them to a comfortable 4-1 victory.
Linby were creating chances from the off, with Damian Mann, Joe Butler and Murphy all foiled by home ‘keeper Sam Jepson before the opening goal finally arrived in the 36th minute. Left-back Tom Coupe was upended in the area and although Murphy’s penalty was saved, the striker was first to the rebound and smashed home.
Three minutes into the second half, Linby’s top scorer struck again with a curling shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards after good work by Kyle McDermott and Ruban Mitchell.
And it wasn’t long before he’d completed his treble, finding the top corner with his left foot from the edge of the box after good hold-up play by Butler.
Linby won another spot-kick for their fourth goal in the 69th minute when Butler’s forceful run into the danger-zone was halted illegally. This time, young substitute Ben Samuels stepped up -- and scored at the first attempt.
Bawtry bagged a consolation goal five minutes from the end when a wicked 25-yard drive by Ross Bird was well saved by Luca Rocco, only for Dan Harper to snap up the rebound. But even then, Linby could have had a fifth as sub Kaylum Mitchell went on a typical mazy run that took him past four defenders for a one-one that Jepson saved.
This Saturday, Dave Marlow’s men return to league action against champions Clifton All Whites.