Linby CW vow to keep on playing, despite cup problems
Linby CW were left frustrated by the last minute cancellation of their CML Chairman's Cup clash with Arnold Town on Tuesday night.
The competition has currently been suspended and manager Andy Tring believes it could now all fall through.
Tring has already agreed with Saturday's visitors Blidworth that they will play it as a friendly whatever happens and said: “Everything is on hold at the moment.
“We were due to play Arnold on Tuesday but we got an email on Monday to say Arnold could not fulfil the fixture and the Chairman's Cup has now been put on hold.”
But, after the Covid lay-off Linby are determined to get some football in one way or another and Tring said: “We have had a few teams approach us to set up a little competition between the clubs wanting to carry on with the cup competition.
“So hopefully we can get some decent friendlies whatever happens. If we can play clubs from Step 6 it's a benchmark for us.
“We did really well in the 0-0 draw with Clipstone last weekend and they had a couple of Step 3 players – one from Buxton and one from Matlock – in their side.
“We will play on until the end of June but the June games may have to be away while we do some work on the pitch.”
Matt Peberday has now joined the club as assistant manager.
A former Linby player, he is now 31 and can still play but has suffered with injuries and so is looking to become involved in coaching.
“We have kept all the squad of players from pre lockdown and a couple of reserve team players, who have shown promise, have been involved. But we are still looking to strengthen,” added Tring
“We have a couple of players who have said they will commit to us. They have spoken to their current clubs but we can't sign them until next season.
“We are aiming for promotion to Step 6 next season. Pinxton have gone up with Clay Cross so that's one of the bigger teams gone.”
He continued: “We have had really good feedback from the United Counties League with the ground improvements and the criteria we need to meet.
“It's all systems go with that and we have a couple of good sponsors in to help us. We are looking to build a new stand and put hard standing on two sides of the pitch. We are ticking all their boxes.”
Linby Reserves play Melbourne Dynamo away in league action on Saturday.