Unlucky Linby count the cost of goalkeeping blunders

Another goalkeeping error, just three minutes from time, coast LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE a match they should have won against Bilborough Pelican in the Central Midlands League, South Division.

Linby estimate they have lost as many as 24 points through blunders by the seven goalies they have used throughout their debut season in the league.

So it was a case of deja vu when what should have been a regulation save for Glenn Guyatt, from a 25-yarder by Alex Doyle, ended up with him pushing the ball into the top corner.

There was still time for man-of-the-match Ash Winfield to crash a header against the bar, but Linby slipped to a 2-1 defeat that failed hopelessly to reflect the way they dominated.

They should have been four up in the first half, only to be denied by the woodwork or Pelican ‘keeper James Johnson.

And even when they finally broke through -- Chaz Niblett finishing a one-on-one with aplomb -- they were stunned by a controversial Pelican leveller only moments later with their first attack of the game. The linesman’s flag was up for offside as Doyle pounced after Guyatt had palmed the ball away, but the referee gave the goal.

The second half was more even, with Guyatt denying ex-Linby and Hucknall Rolls Leisure striker Joe Ashurst. But at the other end, substitute Kyle McDermott’s shot was cleared off the line.

LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2): Guyatt/ Marlow D., Banister, Henshaw, Dakers/ Niblett C., Ryan, Winfield, Coupe/ Start A., Murphy. Subs: Murray (for Dakers 37), McDermott (for Start 60), Burke (for Coupe 84).

In Division Two of the Notts Senior League, LINBY RESERVES kept alive their slim hopes of the title and/or promotion on Tuesday night with a 6-2 win at Moorgreen.

But they did not help their cause by stumbling to a 4-3 reverse at home to top-of-the-table Clifton Reserves last midweek. Jonny Bernard fired a hat-trick, only for former player Luke Price to come back to haunt the locals with two of the visitors’ goals.