The formbook was thrown out of the window as LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES demolished HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES in their first big local derby of the Notts Senior League season.
Rolls went into the clash as favourites after an unbeaten run spanning six matches that contrasted with a sequence of seven straight defeats for Linby.
But Jamie Wheatley’s men powered into a four-goal lead by the 25th minute and went on to inflict a clinical 5-0 victory on the shellshocked home team.
Star of the show was midfielder Alistair Murray, who took full advantage of his demotion from the first team by scoring the first two goals against his former club and producing a man-of-the-match performance.
Murray’s first was a mis-hit cross that floated beyond Rolls ‘keeper Max Thompson and his second was a header from eight yards after a cross to the back post by Aaron Potter.
Linby’s top scorer Reece Jackson, who signed from Rolls in the summer, also got in on the act with two goals -- an unstoppable volley from ten yards and a penalty, awarded for deliberate handball by defender Billy Brooks.
Captain Brooks duly received his marching orders from the referee, leaving Adrian Gibson’s youthful outfit on their knees and with no prospect of recovery.
The red card capped a chaotic opening spell for the home team. To their credit, ten-man Rolls did have a go in the second half, leaving two players up front. But they were rattled throughout by the pace of seasoned striker Luke Price, who added a fifth goal for Linby on the hour.
LINE-UP -- HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES (3-5-2): Thompson/ Brooks, Dove, Robinson/ Whiles C., Wright J., Solomon, Hayes G., Lamb/ Rick, Henrys. Subs: Gamble, Davis, Walker T., Lindo.
LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES (4-4-2): Guyatt/ Niblett C., Falconer, Dickens, Fox/ Wallis, Potter, Murray, Cheeseman/ Price L., Jackson R. Subs: Endy T. (for Dickens 60), Martin (for Murray 65), Bernard D. (for Cheeseman 70).