THE EXPECTED blood-and-thunder local derby failed to materialise as Linby Colliery Welfare put Hucknall Rolls Leisure in their place to advance into the Third Round of the Notts Senior Cup.
The pair previously traded blows in the Senior Division of the Notts Senior League and although both wanted to switch to the Central Midlands League (CML), only Linby have made the leap this season.
Extra spice was provided by the fact six of the Linby squad had played for Rolls in the past and three Rollers had previously been at Church Lane.
But it was the CML crew who bossed the opening exchanges with a side that had Phil McNeil making his debut in goal, Simon Marlow back after a two-match ban and ex-Rolls skipper Kyle McDermott back from injury.
A good-sized crowd of 115 saw a whirlwind start to the game as Rolls striker Matt Rick (ex-Linby) wriggled free into a one-on-one but was denied by McNeil
But it was Linby who opened the scoring in the second minute as a long ball from Joe McShane picked out Baz Payne for a flick on collected by Damien Mann, who ghosted in for a neat finish with Rolls looking for an offside flag.
Linby were on top and looking dangerous on every attack and doubled their advantage when Jonty Bradsahaw picked up the ball 30 yeards from goal and curled in a stunning finish that bounced in off the far post.
By this stage the visitors were rampant and Chaz Niblett went close from 20 yards, Mann had a chance and a sweeping 15-pass move ended in Niblett’s shot being well saved by Rolls ‘keeper Pearson.
The second half continued in the same fashion, with Rolls struggling to contain Linby’s neat pacy football and when they mixed it up with long balls, Baz Payne gave the Rolls defence all sorts of problems with his height and hold up play.
Chances continued to flow with a Payne header from a Bradshaw cross flying over the top before the former missed a gilt-edged chance from a Jonathan Dakers centre.
But it wasn’t long before Linby’s killer third goal arrived on the hour.
Another flowing move, involving McShane, Aaron Ryan, Niblett and Matt Murphy released Bradshaw down the right for a cross that was fizzed past Pearson by man-of-the-match Payne from eight yards out.
On 73 minutes, Linby substitute Martyn Burke fired a glaring chance wide at the far post before, with five minutes remaining, Rolls bagged a consolation.
Their best player on the day, Billy Brooks, showed great energy to pierce the defence and finish from 18 yards.
But to complete a bad day for Rolls, the last action of the game saw ‘keeper Pearson dismissed for a second yellow card after a reckless challenge on Burke.
Linby now go into the hat for the last 16 draw alongside the ten seeded clubs, including Hucknall Town.
n ROLLS LINE-UP — (4-4-2): Pearson/Hulme, Short, Duncan, Tolley/ Conn, Allen, Brooks, Betteridge/ Marshall, Rick. Subs: Matthews (for Betteridge 45), Smith (for Conn 70), Matthews (for Allen 78).
n LINBY LINE-UP — (4-4-2): McNeil/ McShane, Peberday, Marlow S, Dakers/ Bradshaw, Ryan, Niblett, Mann/ Murphy, Payne, Subs: Coupe (for Dakers 67), Burke (for Bradshaw 72), McDermott (for Murphy 84).