On-form Linby beat Holbrook St Michaels


Holbrook St Michaels were beaten 3-1 by on form Linby at the weekend.

Linby started well as Ruban Mitchel shot inches wide in the opening exchanges after a good pass from Joe Butler.

Holbrook showed their intent on 14 minutes when, after a neat move striker Mickey Dunn shot narrowly over the bar.

Linby took the lead on 21 minute when a long ball from Matt Peberday was not dealt with by the Saints defence.

With the centre half Scott Dawson and keeper Dan Waddington indecisive, Butler pounced onto the loose ball and squeezed his shot in from an acute angle.

Linby continued to press and good work from Mason Frizelle released Butler, who saw his shot well saved by Waddington on 26 minutes.

A minute later Kaylum Mitchell’s corner was volleyed an inch over the bar by brother Ruban.

Ruban Mitchell then headed Ash Winfield’s precise cross narrowly over on 32 minutes as the home side dominated.

Holbrook did have their chances and Jamie Stewart had a close range volley brilliantly saved by Luca Rocco on 38 minutes.

Holbrook survived a scare two minutes before half-time when Butler’s volley was cleared off the line after beating the keeper..

Sub Tom Coupe volleyed against the post on 55 minutes as the home side continued to push hard for the second.

It finally came a minuute later when Coupe was fouled and Ruban Mitchell slotted home for his 16th of the season.

Holbrook grabbed a lifeline 10 minutes later when Shane Burrows scored from close range after a near post corner was flicked on.

But the two goal cushion was restored on 70 minutes when Coupe crossed for Butler to score from 14 yards after Dale Chapman had created an initial opening.It was Butler’s 20th goal of the season.

Linby felt they should have had another penalty on 75 minutes when Chapman went past the keeper and appeared to be brought down.