Quest for cup double rounds off local football season

SAME AGAIN, PLEASE -- Linby Reserves celebrate last season's cup-final success.
SAME AGAIN, PLEASE -- Linby Reserves celebrate last season's cup-final success.
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The last match of the 2014/15 football season in the Dispatch district could yield another cup-final success.

For LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES are gunning for a back-to-back double in the Notts Senior League’s Junior Cup.

Jamie Wheatley and Jay Parkin’s side lifted the trophy last term, routing Radcliffe Olymnpic Reserves 4-1 in a memorable final that earned the club their first trophy for 17 years. Emotions ran high as the players fulfilled a promise to win the cup for 31-year-old supporter Craig Dowhan, who had been killed in a car crash weeks earlier.

Now they are back again -- this time taking on First Division rivals, Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves, at Basford United’s Greenwich Avenue ground on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.30).

With one league match to go, Linby trail Kimberley, who are managed by ex-Hucknall Town man Andy ‘Windy’ Miller, by eight points in the league table, and they lost to them 4-0 in March. However, they triumphed 2-1 in the other fixture between the two sides last August and, of course, their unbeaten record in the Junior Cup now stretches back two whole years. On their way to this season’s final, Linby have knocked out Southwell City Reserves (5-2), Ruddington Village Reserves (4-1) and Ashland Rovers Reserves (2-1).

Linby Reserves will be relying heavily on leading scorer Luke Price in next Tuesday’s final. And he continued his red-hot form with two more goals in a 4-1 win over Gedling Southbank in their penultimate league match of the season, taking his tally to 36 in 26 appearances.

First-teamers Joe Butler and Ruban Mitchell were also on target. The win followed a 4-0 defeat at home to champions Underwood Villa last midweek.