New optimism at relegation-reprieved Linby

A MOOD of fresh optimism was in the air at the annual presentation night/barbecue of Linby Colliery Welfare.

Held at Linby’s Church Lane ground, the do welcomed new managers Dave Bradshaw and Dave Marlow, who are hoping to reverse the fortunes of two gloomy seasons.

Last year, the first team finished rock bottom of the Notts Senior League’s Senior Division with a tally of just seven points from 30 games.

But Bradshaw and Marlow have already been busy in the transfer market, luring promising centre-back Matt Peberday from Gedling Miners Welfare among a host of new signings who also include Jonathan Dakers, Aaron Potter, Simon Marlow, Mark Jago and Jonty Bradshaw.

Despite poor weather, there was a good turnout for the presentation, with striker Matt Murphy taking two of the main awards — players’ player of the year and top goalscorer.

Luke Parkin and Richard Peel were the joint winners of the managers’ player of the year award, while Peel took the prize for most consistent player.

Clubman of the year went to Glenn Guyatt, while the reserves’ award-winners were Jon Cross (managers’ player), Gary Towle (players’ player), Guyatt (most improved player) and Sam Scott (top goalscorer).

Linby have reported back for pre-season training, which takes place at their ground every Tuesday from 7 pm. They have also organised five pre-season friendlies — away to Southwell City on Tuesday July 19, away to Basford United on Saturday July 23, at home to Greenwood Meadows on Tuesday July 26, at home to Bilborough Pelican on Saturday July 30, at home to Clifton on Tuesday August 2 and at home to Notts Community on Saturday August 6.