Promotion for ladies Linby Magpies

Notts County Ladies' senior team 2012
Notts County Ladies' senior team 2012

ECSTATIC former Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies have completed their first season under the Notts County banner with promotion for their senior team.

NOTTS COUNTY LADIES were awarded promotion to the next tier of women’s football, the East Midlands League, after winning their last game in the Notts Ladies League.

Notts won 6-2 at Bingham Town to clinch third spot in the table, courtesy of goals from Courtney Walters (2), Alex Francis (2), Cath Eyley and Jasmin Bear.

Having also reached the semi-finals of the league cup and the quarter-finals of the county cup this term, The Magpies are now looking forward to testing themselves at a higher lebel.

Said manager Andrew Eastwood: “The girls have worked so hard, and I’m proud to have managed and coached a terrific bunch.

“The team spirit throughout the season has been the best, and we have always tried to play attractive football.

“Big thanks must go to the backroom staff of goalkeeper coach Steve Allcock, fitness coach Henry Mason and physio Carol Eastwood, plus to Matt Lawson, of Notts County, for his help and support with our final games.

“Next season will be a tough test for the team but I’m sure they’ll put the effort in.”

Captain Selina Brierley was equally overjoyed. “I have been honoured to be part of our hard graft and great performances,” she said.

“Our team spirit has been strong and positive throughout the season. I feel it is a tremendous achievement to win promotion. It’s not been easy. We’ve had to battle hard in every game as teams want to beat us because we are Notts County.”

The club, based at Church Lane, Linby, have run five sides during their first season under the Notts County name, with under-16s, under-12s, under-tens and under-nines as well as the seniors.

The under-16s have also enjoyed a successful campaign, finishing third in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the league cup.

A new, second senior team is to be launched next season.

OUR PHOTO shows the Linby team celebrating their promotion.