Linby cup heroes are brought down to earth

After their heroics in the league cup the previous week, LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES were brought back down to earth.

For they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table Nottinghamshire in the First Division of the Notts Senior League.

On an awful Grassington Road pitch in Aspley, lacklustre Linby fell behind in the 22nd minute when Perry Foster hit a scorching shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

They did equalise five minutes from the interval when home ‘keeper Darrel Rose made a mess of a cross by man-of-the-match Aaron Potter, enabling Jonny Bernard to tap home.

But nothing much else happened in a scrappy game of poor quality, and Notts were able to bag only their 11th point of the season in 21 matches.

LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Guyatt/ Austin, Prewett, Dickens, O’Neill/ Bernard J., Potter, Murray, Miller/ Price, Cheeseman. Subs: Ryan (for Miller 65), Paterson D. (for Austin 70).

In the same division, HUCKNALL ROLLS LEISURE RESERVES failed to stop the march to the top of the table by West Bridgford.

Rolls’s squad was again stretched, but there were no excuses for a poor, tired-looking performance in a 3-1 defeat.

After gifting Bridgford their first two goals, substitute Danny Gamble took advantage of a slip by the ‘keeper to halve the deficit just after the hour.

But within five minutes, a vibrant, energetic visiting side had restored their two-goal advantage.

Jurgen Charlesworth (2) and Toby Sewell were the men on target for Bridgford.

ROLLS RESERVES LINE-UP -- Smith B./ Edwards F., Dove, Brooks, Lamb/ Richardson, Hutchinson K., Thomas, Lindo/ Rick, Hayes G.. Subs: Brown A., Gamble.

Adrian Gibson’s side were in better form on Wednesday night when they held another of the division’s high-flying promotion-chasers, Kirton Brickworks, to a 2-2 draw at Rolls.

Gareth Hayes was one of the locals’ scorers.