Two draws from their final games of the season enabled LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE to leap above local rivals, Hucknall Rolls Leisure, and finish ninth in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.
Linby were held by Blidworth Welfare (1-1) at Church Lane before battling out a 2-2 scoreline away to Real United.
The Blidworth match was always going to be difficult only two days after Linby’s county cup final. But they should have won easily, missing a catalogue of chances.
Somehow the visitors snatched a 29th minute lead when Liam Theakstone fired into the corner from the edge of the box. But the locals responded well and after Joe Butler had rounded ‘keeper Sam Henderson for a shot that was cleared off the line, man-of-the-match Dale Chapman levelled on 50, following up a 20-yarder from Ruban Mitchell that was saved,
Amazingly, three more efforts, from Ruban Mitchell, Chapman and Matt Peberday, were cleared off the line, while Henderson pulled off a string of magnificent saves.
Manager Dave Marlow turned out for the entertaining clash last midweek in which Linby hit the woodwork four times and Real twice.
Aaron Jenkins volleyed the home team in front on the stroke of half-time and after two goals from man-of-the-match Damian Mann (direct from a corner and a wonderful 25-yard shot) seemed to have won it for Linby, Tyrone Burton headed home a late equaliser.