Linby CW manager Dave Marlow was delighted to see his side win a local derby at Hucknall Town for the first time as a late extra-time striker saw them edge home 3-2 in the Notts FA Senior Cup on Saturday.
Sub Matt Murphy grabbed the all-important winner six minutes from the lottery of a penalty shoot-out and Marlow beamed: “That was a very positive result and we are delighted. The lads had a real focus and were extremely determined.
“We won this with a game plan we had set out three weeks ago. The lads showed tremendous attitude to perform the game plan to a tee.
“We looked at Hucknall’s strengths and weaknesses and they have three or four fantastic players. We knew if we were able to nullify them it would give us time and space to play and go forward.
“We changed our formation to match them.
“Hucknall deserve a lot of respect as they are a good team, so we felt our best chance of getting a result was to change our normal style of play and go 4-4-2.
“We tried to match them with three in midfield but we needed two up top to stop them passing the ball out to midfield.”
Marlow added: “Conditions were very difficult for both teams so the game wasn’t the greatest of spectacles.
“It wasn’t a game for nice passing, it was a cup tie and made for challenges and getting stuck in and not giving time on the ball.
“The thing that pleased me most was our fitness and we grew stronger as extra-time went on. That was brilliant as when we lost 4-0 to Hucknall earlier in the season, I thought they looked fitter than us.
“The focus now has to be on us. We have another difficult cup tie this weekend and then we need to start climbing up the league. We are so inconsistent in the league and that is my priority.”
Meanwhile Hucknall Town boss Andy Graves apologised to the club’s supporters for their poor display.
“I thought the game overall was poor,” he said. “I am not sure if that was Linby playing well as I expected better from them, but we were a million miles away from our standards.
“If Dwayne Ngandi’s effort had gone in it would have been harsh on them and likewise their late winner on us as neither side deserved to win and I must apologise to our supporters for our performance.
“Although there were some mitigating circumstances, we let them down.
“The only positive we can take is that apart from the Floodlit Cup we can get back to concentrating on the league as we are on catch up after our Vase run and we also don’t have a game this Saturday with the Eastwood game now pulled for some reason.
“Hopefully the break will allow a few knocks to heal and a couple of players to return.
“It was good to get Cayne Maxwell back playing as we have missed him and he only came off as a precaution after taking a knock on the same ankle.”