CONVINCING LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE are back in the top four of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division after their third victory on the trot.
Linby confirmed that they have consigned their dicey run of form to the dustbin with a 2-1 win over Selston far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
And it put them in the perfect frame of mind for their league cup quarter-final against lowly divisional rivals Sandhurst tomorrow (Saturday).
Despite the absence of skipper Mark Jago (working) and Aaron Potter (suspended), Linby were on top and creating chances from the off.
Man-of-the-match Aaron Ryan headed inches over from a Jonathan Dakers corner before lithe striker Damian Mann went close on three occasions.
In a one-sided first half, Linby forced no fewer than ten corners before finally making the breakthrough in the 38th minute when Mann fashioned a chance for Matt Murphy. The top scorer’s initial shot was saved but he netted at the second attempt from 12 yards after Ryan had picked up the loose ball and calmly squared.
Against a strong wind in the second period, Linby had to do much more defending. But Matt Peberday was outstanding at the back, and they still carved out the best openings at the other end.
Mann beat two men in the blink of an eye before feeding Ryan, whose shot shaved a post. But the points were sealed three minutes from the end when Peberday broke up a Selston attack for the umpteenth time and produced a peach of a through ball to release substitute Ricky Hodgson, who picked out fellow sub Matt Clowes to finish.
Selston snatched a consolation goal with virtually the last kick of the contest when Damien Curran turned and drove into the corner from the edge of the area.
n LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Miles/ Marlow D., Peberday, Falconer, Dakers/ Bradshaw, Ryan, Winfield, Marlow S./ Murphy, Mann. Subs: Hodgson (for Mann 80), Clowes (for Murphy 85), Howell (not used).