Linby produce a stunning fightback

BACK ON THE GOALS TRAIL -- Andy Start hit the target for new club Linby
BACK ON THE GOALS TRAIL -- Andy Start hit the target for new club Linby

LINBY Colliery Welfare defied the awful weather to record a 4-2 win over South Normanton Athletic in the CMFL South Division on Saturday.

With South Normanton boasting a seven-game unbeaten run and tough opposing players including former Nottingham Forest player Craig Armstrong, Linby knew they would be in for a hard day at the office.

But they go off to the perfect start when Tom Coupe played in Andy Start on three minutes and he coolly slotted home past keeper Chris Dodsley for 1-0.

Linby keeper Jack Harvey then made a stunning save to deny Chris Atkins as the visitors counter-attacked at pace, before Chaz Niblett forced Dodsley into a good save at the other end.

Linby then saw Mark Jago and Start both have shots cleared off the line in quick succession before Normanton equalised when Ryan Bowen volleyed past the hapless Harvey for 1-1.

And not long after the break the visitors had the lead when a good cross from Martin Lench was headed home by Jordan Alls ten yards out.

Harvey saved well to deny Atkins but on 63 minutes came probably the big turning point in the game as Lench was given a straight red card for stamping on Aaron Ryan and Normanton were down to ten men.

Just three minutes later Linby were level as Start took Joe McShane’s deep cross and fired past Dodsley from 12 yards.

Linby then won the game in the last two minutes with two outstanding goals, as first man-of-the-match McShane beat two men before hitting an unstoppable 30 yard dipping shot into the bottom corner, and then sub Martyn Burke slammed home the rebound after Start’s shot was saved.

Linby: Harvey, McShane, Peberday, Jago, Dakers, Bradshaw (Burke 76), Niblett (Winfield 63), Ryan, Coupe (Murphy 63), Payne, Start.