Bogey team Clifton All Whites put the wind up LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE for the third time this season to damage their hopes of finishing in the top half of the Central Midlands League’s (CML) South Division.
Having already lost to Clifton in both the league and the Notts FA Senior County Cup, Linby completed an unwanted hat-trick with a 3-2 defeat in their second league clash.
Now they have work to do in their final four games to add some gloss to their maiden season in the CML.
It was always going to be an uphill task for Linby against Clifton, who were fresh from their league cup semi-final win over North Division leaders Dronfield Town.
For they were without four key players in Aaron Ryan, Kyle McDermott, Damian Mann and Mark Jago. And they fell behind as early as the tenth minute when Carl Westcarr slotted a one-on-one past ‘keeper Phil McNeill.
Both sides then had efforts cleared off the line -- Michael Banister (against his former club) denying the dangerous Alex Haughton and, at the other end, Matt Murphy being foiled after good work by Tom Coupe.
But Linby gave themselves a chance when equalising four minutes into the second half. This time, top scorer Murphy finished with aplomb, across the goalie, after a through ball from Ash Winfield.
Sadly, parity lasted only two minutes before Clifton were awarded a harsh penalty when Terry Henshaw was deemed to have fouled Will Heath. It looked as if Henshaw had won the ball but despite Linby’s protests, Westcarr struck from the spot.
As the locals hit back, Charlie Niblett wasted a golden chance to level before substitute Dorian Miller extended the home side’s lead.
Coupe netted a consolation after a determined run two minutes from time.
LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2): McNeill/ Banister, Henshaw, Peberday, Dakers/ Burke, Niblett C., Winfield, Coupe/ Payne (man-of-match), Murphy. Subs: Bernard J. (for Burke 73), Marlow D. (for Winfield 63), Miller, Butler.