LINBY Colliery Welfare dominated from start to finish against Holbrook St Michaels on Saturday but somehow fell to a 3-2 defeat in the South Division of the Central Midlands League.
The corner count of 17-1 in Linby’s favour told a story, but goals against the run of play ultimately cost Linby dear.
After losing right-back Joe McShane to an injury on ten minutes, player/manager Dave Marlow was thrown into the action.
And it was Linby who almost broke the deadlock as Andy Start shot inches wide and then Baz Payne had a header well saved.
Aaron Ryan then saw an effort cleared off the line before Holbrook suddenly went in front through Jamie Stewart on 25 minutes, and despite continued Linby pressure that’s how it remained at the break.
Chaz Niblett hit the post, Payne’s shot was cleared off the line and Jonty Bradshaw and Damian Mann both missed chances to level the scores before Holbrook then, once more against the run of play, made it 2-0 as Chris Saunders found the net.
Matt Murphy eventually pulled one back on 71 minutes after good work from Niblett, and it was 2-2 just five minutes later as as Mann’s cross to the far post was calmly laid off by Bradshaw to Marlow who found the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Mann was then sent through one-on-one but after rounding the keeper his shot was cleared off the line by a defender — the ball hitting the player’s standing heel and then the post after he’d missed with his right foot.
Then, on 88 minutes, Holbrook stole the win, as Saunders struck again following good work by Sharp - an agonising finish for Linby who deserved to win the game.
n LINBY LINE-UP — Harvey, McShane (Marlow 10), Peberday, Jago, Dakers, Bradshaw, Ryan, Niblett, Coupe (Mann 55), Payne, Start (Murphy 62).
Man-of-the-match: Chaz Niblett.