LINBY Colliery Welfare got their debut season in the Central Midlands League (CML) off to a flying start with a tonic 5-2 win over Blidworth Welfare last Saturday.
A large crowd at Church Lane only had to wait 30 seconds for the home side to make their mark in the South Division after quitting the Notts Senior League.
For that’s when they opened their account. Damian Mann skilfully beat his man and hit a rasping shot, which Blidworth keeper Micheal Yates did well to parry But Linby’s top scorer from last season, Matt Murphy, was on hand to slam home the loose ball.
Then followed exchanges at both ends which saw Linby’s debutant keeper Curtis Holmes save a Josh Brentnall free-kick and Yates save from Kyle McDermott.
On 38 minutes, Linby went two up with a fine goal, as great work by centre-back Matt Peberday saw him break up a Blidworth attack and send Murphy away down the right, and although he had a lot to do, he cut inside to finish well into the bottom corner from a narrow angle.
After the break, Linby looked comfortable. But on 61 minutes, Blidworth pulled a goal back out of nothing as Lee Townsend’s excellent cross was volleyed home by Carl Gould to make it 2-1.
A lively end to the game unfoulded. With 12 minutes left, Ashley Winfield looked to have settled Linby nerves when he headed home after both he and sub Charlie Niblett had seen shots cleared off the line — the goalkeeper colliding with the post during the scramble and dislocating his shoulder.
But Blidworth pulled it back to 3-2 a minute later through Josh Brentnall with a good finish.
However, Linby were to have the final say. First Ryan put Niblett through one-on-one with the substitute keeper and he made no mistake for 4-2, then, with a minute left, Niblett and Jonty Bradshaw set up McDermott to smash home from eight yards — a goal his man-of-the-match performance merited.
n LINBY LINE-UP — Holmes/ Marlow D. (for Niblett 69), Peberday, Jago, Dakers, Bradshaw, Ryan, Winfield, Mann (for Potter 55), Murphy (for Henshaw 61), McDermott.
TUESDAY’S scheduled game with Kimberley Town was cancelled after Kimberley pulled out of the league.