Hopes that LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE could revive the Notts FA Saturday Senior Cup glory days of their distant past were shattered on Tuesday night.
Three times in the 1940s and 1950s Linby lifted the prestigious trophy under the management of former Arsenal star Ernest ‘Tim’ Coleman.
But their first brush with this season’s tournament was a forgettable one as they produced an awful Third Round (last 16) performance in a 4-1 defeat at home to Southwell City.
Linby had beaten their Central Midlands League, South Division counterparts 4-2 in a league match earlier in the season.
But since then, they had nosedived towards the foot of the table, winning just once more, whereas Southwell had improved to post a run of 11 matches without defeat.
That run only came to an end last Saturday when they collided with title-chasing Bulwell. And there were few signs on Tuesday night that the defeat had dented their confidence.
It certainly hadn’t dented the confidence of dangerman Steff Whiteley, who helped himself to a matchwinning hat-trick, including a wonder goal to open the scoring in the 25th minute.
Whiteley struck again from a set-piece six minutes later and the visitors bagged a third goal through Liam Webster just before half-time.
By the time Whitley had completed his treble 14 minutes into the second period, the tie was all over bar the shouting.
Linby did pull a goal back nine minutes from the end through substitute Rhys Davies. But there was no denying it had been their worst performance for several weeks and no denying Southwell’s dominance.
At least Linby had some county cup success to cheer this week because their reserve-team reached the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Saturday Intermediate Cup for the first time in their history.
Drawn at home to Magdala Amateurs Reserves, who are struggling near the foot of their own Notts Senior League, First Division, Jamie Wheatley’s side strode to a 5-2 victory. And they achieved their win despite the absence of a host of players, including star midfielder Aaron Potter and defensive rocks Matt Falconer and Sean O’Neill.
Two goals from man-of-the-match Luke Price, plus one apiece from Jonny Bernard, Reece Jackson and Alistair Murray, were too much for Magdala.
LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Guyatt/ Martin S., Cheeseman, Dickens, Austin/ Bernard J., Murray, Wallis, Miller/ Jackson, Price L. Sub: Prewett (for Cheeseman 67).