Linby lads benefit from council cash

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FOR a second year running, Linby Rangers have benefited from Notts County councillor Mick Murphy’s drive to ensure that the local community is supported by allocated money.

Following the support provided last season with financial assistance, appearances at local games and being guest of honour at the club’s presentation evening, Coun Murphy honoured his promise to continue to help Rangers’ U10 team.

A club spokesman said: “The move from being Hucknall Rangers to Linby Rangers has provided a number of positive benefits for the U10s team, and we are very thankful to everyone at Linby Colliery Football Club for making us feel welcome and providing us with the full use of the club’s facilities.

“The cash injection secured by Coun Murphy helped with the transfer by providing the kids with a new Nike kit and tracksuits embroidered with the Linby logo.

“The club cannot thank Coun Murphy enough for his continual support of local football.”

In one of very few matches played at the weekend, Hucknall Sports U14s enjoyed a 3-1 win over West Bridgford Spiders in the Saturday Shield.

Unbeaten Hucknall were looking to maintain their run of form and would need an outstanding performance to overcome a side from a division above, and with their inspirational manager Stewart Bowley missing due to work commitments.

Sports started the game stronger, forcing most of the play into the opposition half and making many chances with Diriso, Towle and Eastwood coming close.

After some great wing play by Everton the ball was lobbed into the box with Hallam chasing down only to see his shot cleared off the line by some great defending.

However Spiders began to press hard into the last quarter of the first-half, testing Kal Orton who put in a brilliant performance.

Bowley and Evans were introduced to keep the pressure on Spiders and made an immediate impact as Hucknall then took the lead.

When a free-kick from Mitch Davies was cleared, Evans returned the ball towards the six yard box and it fell to James Stenson who turned well and powered home a strike from just inside the box.

Sports held the lead at the brak with the defence of Smith, Newton, Stenson and Green standing firm.

Few chances came to either side in the early stages of the second-half but it was eventually 2-0 midway through as Eastwood skipped past two players then the keeper to slot home.

Spiders who were awarded a penalty which was dispatched well giving Orton no chance and this made for a tense final five minutes with Spiders pushing for an equaliser, which they nearly got with Newton having to clear a lobbed shot off the line.

But the final say was left to Hallam whose pace took him past the Bridgford back line and around the keeper to dispatch the third goal with only two minutes remaining and they went on to run down the clock for an outstanding win.