Linby looking forward to cup derby

Linby Manager Dave Marlow
Linby Manager Dave Marlow

Linby Colliery are looking forward to a mouthwatering Notts FA Senior Cup local derby with Hucknall Town next month.

Linby were handed a walkover into the next round last weekend when first round opponents Attenborough were unable to raise a team and withdrew from the competition.

Then Hucknall won 1-0 at Keyworth on Tuesday night to set up the derby between the two Central Midlands League South Division rivals.

It also offers Linby a chance of revenge after a 4-0 league defeat Hucknall in August.

“It’s a fantastic draw,” said Linby manager Dave Marlow. “We played them earlier this season and to be fair they are a talented team. They are well in contention and have a good chance of winning the league.

“But this game gives us a chance, not necessarily of revenge, but of showing ourselves in a better light. There is less pressure in the cup than in the league and I hope we can get a result.

“Our reserves have drawn them as well in the Intermediate Cup so it will be a double challenge.”

He added: “Obviously it was pleasing to get through to the next round last weekend, but we would prefer to have played to be fair.

“We found out on Thursday night that the game was off, then we did try to arrange a game with Bulwell but it was too short a notice.

“The reserves had a game so we stuck with that and will be training hard this week.”

Linby have the chance for a booster on Saturday when they host bottom club Southwell City. But they are taking nothing for granted.

“It’s been a bit of an unstable start,” said Marlow. “Saturday gives us a real opportunity to get a win, but we don’t want to be complacent. We will need to work hard as they are a good, young side.

“Losing 3-1 to Sherwood was the biggest disappointment as we had a lot of the play, though we didn’t help ourselves when our keeper was sent off.

“We now have a run of games in which, when you look at them, we could pick up points from and get some points to climb the table, but it is a long season.

“We still feel really confident and are still in both cups which is pleasing.

“Being a young team we can’t afford to go into any game complacent. We have to be 100 per cent focused and then rely on our talents.”

Linby are likely to give outings to recent signings, centre back Tyler Guy, midfielder Jack Millward and left-sided player Sam Meakin,

“We have three new signings from the last week or two who will want to make an impression,” said Marlow. “It will be exciting for them to have an opportunity. We have had to strengthen with work commitments, which has been a massive one for us.

“They are three quality young lads and that’s how a club like ours is able to exist at this level.”