The bid by LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES to lift the Junior Cup for the second season running in the Notts Senior League bit the dust on Tuesday night.
Jamie Wheatley’s Linby side were beaten 1-0 by First Division rivals Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves, a team managed by Andy ‘Windy’ Miller, who played for Hucknall Town in the 1990s and spent many years with Hucknall Sunday side, Rolls-Royce Athletic.
The final, played in front of a crowd of 181 at Basford United, was a dull affair, especially in a cagey first half when the only close call was a stinging shot from Damian Mann that whistled inches wide.
Linby, who sprang a surprise by fielding first-team boss Dave Marlow, livened up in the second period when they created enough chances to have won the game. However, for once, their leading marksman Luke Price left his scoring boots at home. Three times Price was released for one-on-ones, twice by Mann and once by Ross Cheeseman. But he put two wide and had the other saved by ‘keeper Dan Turner.
Instead it was Kimberley who netted the only goal in the 70th minute when Luke Hodgman latched on to a through ball and rounded goalie Glenn Guyatt. As Linby pressed for an equaliser, Kurt Savage and Price had efforts cleared off the line before Matt Falconer’s soaring header flew over.
LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-1-1) -- Guyatt/ Bernard J., Falconer, Murray, O’Neill/ Mann, Cheeseman, Niblett C., Savage/ Marlow D./ Price. SUBS: Endy, Marlow S. Whitehurst, Paterson A., Perkins.