Rampant Linby set for Rolls challenge

MURPHY'S LAW -- striker Matt Murphy, who scored two more goals for resurgent Linby -- DISPIC NHUD11-2150-8
MURPHY'S LAW -- striker Matt Murphy, who scored two more goals for resurgent Linby -- DISPIC NHUD11-2150-8

THE stage is set for a fascinating local derby against Hucknall Rolls Leisure (Saturday September 17) after resurgent Linby Colliery Welfare completed six of the best.

Linby’s sixth straight win since the arrival of new managers Dave Bradshaw and Dave Marlow kept them top of the Notts Senior League, Senior Division table.

Now it is up to Rolls to try and dislodge them from their 100% perch in what should be a blood-and-thunder duel for local supremacy. The match kicks off at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club ground at 3 pm. See next week’s Dispatch for full report and photos.

Linby’s latest success was a 3-0 win at struggling Magdala Amateurs, who have yet to taste victory this term.

The points were effectively wrapped up inside the first five minutes after a goal apiece from exciting strike duo Matt Murphy and Damian Mann.

Murphy drilled home after good work in midfield by Ash Winfield and joint boss Marlow. And then Mann ran through to slot past ‘keeper Dan Burke after Winfield’s through ball had caught the Magdala backline flatfooted.

The third goal capped the move of the match in the 34th minute. Aaron Potter sprayed a crossfield ball to the feet of Marlow, who beat his man and crossed for man-of-the-match Murphy to superbly turn a defender and plant a shot in the bottom corner from 14 yards.

From then on, Linby were content to drop into third, or even second, gear, keeping the ball for long periods.

They would have had more goals but for the agility of goalkeeper Burke, who denied Mann three times in the second half and also foiled both Murphy and Marlow.

Burke’s opposite number, Scott Miles, was a virtual spectator for most of the match. But he proved his worth when Tobias Clayton hit a stunning volley from the edge of the area late on. Miles brilliantly tipped it over.

LINBY LINE-UP (4-4-2) — Miles/ Martin, Howell, Peberday, Dakers/ Marlow D., Winfield, Marlow S., Potter/ Mann, Murphy. Subs: Briody (for Marlow S. 55), Ingram (for Howell 65).