BRING on Bulwell! is the cry from the LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE camp after the relief of a return to winning ways in the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division.
Early-season leaders Linby had stuttered in recent weeks, going a whole month without a win.
But doubles from top scorer Matt Murphy and improving midfielder Simon Marlow engineered an easy 4-0 eclipse of Cotgrave — and set up a potentially thrilling clash with local-derby and championship rivals Bulwell at Church Lane tomorrow (Saturday).
Linby got off to a dream start with a goal after only four minutes — Murphy turning his man to rifle a superb shot into the top corner from the edge of the area to cap a lovely move.
Centre-back Matt Peberday then saw a far-post header cleared off the line, from Damian Mann’s corner, before a penalty brought the second goal in the 27th minute. Man-of-the-match Mann was brought down and up stepped Simon Marlow to convert the spot-kick.
It was 3-0 by the break after a move fashioned by new signing Colin Woodward, a right-back who has been reecruited from Gedling Miners Welfare. Woodward linked up well with Simon Martin and his pass picked out Murphy, who produced another sublime piece of skill to find the corner for the talented 21-year-old’s 13th goal of the season.
The game was over as early as the 49th minute when the combative Marlow pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area to shoot his second goal, beyond ‘keeper Dan Johnson and in off a post. Only a superb save by Johnson denied him his hat-trick later.
n LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Miles/ Woodward, Peberday, Jago, Dakers/ Martin, Marlow S., Winfield, Marlow D./ Murphy, Mann. Subs: Prewett (for Martin 72), Howell (for Peberday 82), Falconer.
n A DEBUT goal by one of manager Dave Elson’s new signings earned LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES a welcome draw in the Notts Senior League’s Second Division.
The 1-1 scoreline represented the first point of the season for bottom-of-the-table opponents Sandhurst Reserves.
But after a worrying losing streak, Linby were content to stop the rot. Stuart McNeil put them in front before Terry Redfern equalised for the home side.
n LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Guyatt/ Peel, Cross, Scott, Riley/ Duffin, Cheeseman, Ball, Walters (man-of-match)/ McNeil, Ingram. Subs: Hamilton (for Ingram 70), Mee (for Scott 72).