Linby produce fine fightback

BACK TO LINBY -- NSL all-time leading scorer, Andy Start, has switched from derby rivals Rolls Leisure
BACK TO LINBY -- NSL all-time leading scorer, Andy Start, has switched from derby rivals Rolls Leisure

LINBY Colliery Welfare got back to winning ways in the CMFL South with a 4-2 win at Nottingham United on Saturday.

And yet they had started the game poorly by going 2-0 down inside 32 minutes before eventually fighting back for all three points.

The first goal came just two minutes in, Carey Knight lobbing Glenn Guyatt in goal despite appearing to be in a very offside position.

Matt Murphy saw an effort cleared off the line for Linby when put through one-on-one, and a similar chance on 20 minutes saw keeper Karol Czupajlo race from goal and handle outside the area resulting in a straight red card and reducing the hosts to ten men.

Replacement keeper Andy Richards pulled off a stunning save to deny Damien Mann from the free-kick, but after Az Ryan’s shot was also saved on 30 minutes, United went two up on the break with Knight finishing well.

A penalty brought Linby back into the game, Murphy firing home after Mann had been fouled, and Matt Peberday’s shot was cleared off the line just before the break.

Baz Payne hit the bar early in the second-half and Winfield and the returning Andy Start both went close before the equaliser came on 69 minutes, Ryan heading in from three yards following a corner.

Two minutes later Linby were in front, Start setting up fellow sub Tom Coupe who hit a scorcher from 25 yards into the bottom corner.

And the win was sealed six minutes from time as Martyn Burke’s cross was headed in by Payne to complete the comeback.

Linby: Guyatt, McShane, Jago, Paterson (Start 54), Dakers, Peberday, Ryan, Winfield, Mann (Coupe 66), Murphy (Burke 66), Payne.

l Attention now turns to this weekend when Linby’s old rivals Hucknall Rolls Royce will be their hosts in the Notts Senior Cup second round.

Added spice to the game is that so many of the players that will be on view have played for both clubs in the past, though Linby will be without new striker Andy Start who is cup tied having played for Rolls in the first round

Although Linby edged Rolls out 2-1 last season at Rolls, it was a 1-1 draw at Linby.

Entry to Saturday’s game is £3.