Saxby leaves Linby for Blidworth

New arrivals Aidy Harris (left) and Lewis Saxby (right) at Blidworth. Picture by Ellena Hutchinson.
New arrivals Aidy Harris (left) and Lewis Saxby (right) at Blidworth. Picture by Ellena Hutchinson.

Lewis Saxby has left Linby Colliery and been appointed the new manager of fellow Central Midlands South Division club Blidworth Welfare.

The 27-year-old has wasted no time in assembling his backroom team with coaches Daniel Machin and Daniel Hatfield, who worked with him at Linby, joining him.

Saxby said: “The facilities were a massive pull. It is nice to be in a position where we don’t need to raise money or upgrade the ground before we can challenge as we are already in a strong position. The chance to play in the FA Vase was also a big influence.”

Saxby has taken four players with him from Linby; player’s player of the season and captain Aidy Harris, manager’s player Jordan O’Callaghan, pacey attacker Lewis Weaver and ex-Ollerton striker Joshua Brentnall.

“These are the lads I’ve worked with closely last season and for some of them before that at Teversal too and they know how I work and I can trust them,” said Saxby.

“That doesn’t mean the lads who are already here won’t get a chance. I’ve invited them all down to pre-season and I’m sure a fair few of them will be involved next year.”

Saxby guided Linby to ninth in the standings last season, having created a squad from scratch at the start of pre-season, and did the double over Blidworth.

He wants a blend of youth and experience with him for next season and organised their first friendly on July 1st against Ravenshead FC at the Welfare Ground (kick off 3pm).