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Match Report: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 5 – 0 Nottingham FC

Central Midlands Alliance South – 14 October 2023

Matt Peberday’s Linby side put in a dominant performance on Saturday afternoon to maintain their fine form of late, and stretch their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions, following a comfortable, 5-0 home win, over bottom club Nottingham FC.

Dominating from the off, Linby saw early chances go begging before eventually taking the lead midway through the half; Jack Smith, Ewan Gibson, and Josh Wass all saw efforts saved by Liam Randle in the visiting goal.

The opening goal arrived on 21 minutes, and by the time the thirty minute mark was reached, the hosts were already three goals to the good; a long-ball from Billy Brooks led to the first, the visiting centre-half helping the ball on into the path of Mitchell Slawson and he proceeded to fire past Randle, from the edge of the box, and in off the post.

A second goal was added five minutes later, Gibson with a throw-in to Dylan Walker and his deflected effort nestled into the bottom corner; then with the hosts pretty much in the ascendency, Rory Smith snatched the third, reacting quickest to a spilled effort from Gibson to put the loose ball in the back of Randle’s net.

Slawson went off injured on the half hour, replaced by Ashdon Bernard, before a fourth goal was scored seven minutes before the interval, a Corey Wood dash to the line was squared to Gibson who fired home; the visitors though, they had a great chance to get back into contention just minutes later when awarded a penalty, Destiney Wog however sending the spot-kick wide of Jack Walker’s goal and the hosts led 4-0 at the break.

After a goal-spree in the first, the second was not much so, Gibson shooting wide of goal as the game ticked into the final fifteen, and Randle saving from Smith’s effort from the edge of the box; the fifth goal for the hosts came with five minutes left on the clock, Smith releasing Bernard who, although his initial effort was also saved by Randle, followed up well to score, putting the seal on a 5-0 win.

Linby CW – Jack Walker, Rory Smith (Sam Atkin, 66), Corey Wood, Alex Paterson (Connor Gillan, 46), Billy Brooks, Josh Wass, Dylan Walker (Patrick Stefeniak, 46), Ewan Gibson, Jack Smith, Sean Craven, Mitchell Slawson (Ashdon Bernard, 30) (subs – Patrick Stefaniak, Greg Conn, Sam Atkin, Ashdon Bernard, Connor Gillan)

Nottingham – Liam Randle, Kyle Jack, Jonathan Haywood, Charles Ogannonaya Nathen Johnson, Tyrelle Bartley, Karim Iqbal, William Hawkins, Azwon Allen, Destiney Wog, Romeio Poku (subs – Lettisier Flemmings, Aaron Adams, Orlando Robinson, Kye Wade)

Linby MOM – Ewan Gibson

Officials – Kevin Theobold / Robin Bourne / Ellis White

In Division One East, the Reserves are currently fourth in the table, having lost 2-1 away to Blidworth Welfare, that having led early on with a twenty-yarder from Spencer Pollitt, the hosts netting through Reilly Hodge and Luke Bacon, Reserves ‘keeper, Will Wass keeping his side very much in the game.

Next up for Linby CW, as they push towards the top six in the CMA South, the second of three home games in a row when they host Melbourne Dynamo on Saturday 21 October, they having seen off Teversal in their weekend outing (1-0 at home)

Match Report: Teversal 3 – 4 Linby Colliery Welfare FC

Central Midlands Alliance South – 10 October 2023

At Church Lane, on the opening game of the season, Linby were beaten 4-2 by visitors Teversal, in the return fixture, less than ten weeks later, and more drama ensued as seven more goals were netted, this time Linby coming out on top.

Victory at the Tomlin Personnel Park saw Matt Perberday’s side stretch their current, unbeaten run to four matches (three wins and a draw in all competition), as they moved up to tenth in the Central Midlands Alliance South.

It would be the visiting Linby that would open the evenings’ scoring, Mason Moore netting after ten minutes to keep up their recent form of netting early on in games; a great move involving a trio of players in Sean Craven, Mitchell Slawson and Dylan Walker was eventually squared for Moore to finish past Joe Parker in the home goal from ten yards out.
Midway through the opening half and the hosts fashioned out a great chance to equalise when a free-kick reached Max Curzon and his subsequent volley towards goal was saved well by Will Wass; had they equalised, things may have been different but, ten minutes before the break, Linby doubled their advantage when Moore and Ewan Gibson combined, however, a foul inside the box resulted in Tim Lewis pointing to the spot, Alex Paterson obliging with the finish.

The hosts did halve the deficit just before interval, Linby failing to deal with a cross and Ben Denton was on hand to finish past Wass, the visitors going in 2-1 to the good at the break.

A matter of minutes after the restart and Peberday’s side restored their two-goal advantage when Moore crossed well for Walker, and he laid the ball nicely for Paterson to fire home his second, and Linby’s third of the evening, from the edge of the box and into Parker’s bottom corner.

In an end-to-end classic, both sides kept on coming and, on the hour mark, Teversal wedged themselves back into the game when Liam Carver fired home low into Wass’ bottom corner; the hosts could even have been level minutes later, Liam Weedop’s goal-bound header though stopped by Wass’ crossbar.

A second penalty was awarded with less than twenty minutes remaining, the visitors afforded the opportunity to again hold a two-goal advantage; Sean Craven found himself first fouled by Parker, with Moore scoring from the loose ball, but, referee Lewis instead pointing to the spot and Paterson, on a hat-trick, sees his effort saved.

Minutes later, and at the other end , Carver , pounces on an un-cleared ball to equalise,giving him his second of the match, chaos then ensuing at the death.

We did say it was a classic, and, with all that gone before, the final five minutes created even more drama when first, with five minutes remaining, a free-kick to Linby reaches captain Greg Conn, his header is saved by Parker only for Craven to knock home the rebound – that however is disallowed for offside, and the game remained at 3-3, for then at least.

Time for some last minute drama also when Walker arrows the ball over the top of the home defence as far as Craven, and he angles an effort back across Parker and into the net to seal a 4-3 win for the visitors.

Ten games into the season (in all competitions, eight league, two cup), and Connor Gillan leads the way in appearances with nine (6/3), with a handful of appearances on eight apiece; scoring-wise, Sanousi Ibrahim leads the way with four goals, followed by Ashdon Bernard, Alex Paterson, and Dylan Walker all on three each, Paterson in the mix following his double at Teversal.

Next up for Linby, the first of three, consecutive home matches as Matt Peberday’s side look to break into the top six; Nottingham FC head to Church Lane this coming Saturday (14 October), followed by Melbourne Dynamo (21 October), and Blidworth Welfare a week later (Buckingham Insurance League Challenge Cup Second Round, 28 October).

Teversal – Joe Parker, Charlie Smith (capt), Joe Toon (Ashton Ward, 88), James Whitmore, Liam Weedop, Robbie Savage, Jason Heppell, Ethan Glaves, Max Curzon (Isaaac Potter, 45), Liam Carver, Ben Denton (subs – Isaac Potter, Owen Draycott, Ashton Ward, Aaron Whibberley, Lewis Clift)

Linby CW – Will Wass, Rory Smith, Corey Wood, Alex Paterson Greg Conn (capt), Josh Wass, Dylan Walker, Ewan Gibson (Sanousi Ibrahim, 71), Mitchell Slawson (Connor Gillan, 76), Sean Craven, Mason Moore (subs – Sanousi Ibrahim, Ethan Fells, Connor Gillan, Billy Brooks, Jonathan Wass)

Linby MOM – Mason Moore

Att – 94

Officials – Tim Lewis / Oliver Lycett / Ian Booth

Match Report: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 4 – 1 Meden Vale Colts

Notts FA Senior Trophy (7 October 2023)

An earlier kick-off was seen at Church Lane this past Saturday afternoon as Linby CW (Central Midlands Alliance Premier South) and Meden Vale Colts (Notts Senior League Division One) battled it out in the opening round of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Trophy.

Linby boss, Matt Peberday, made a couple of changes to his starting eleven ahead of kick-off, Connor Gillan replacing the ill Josh Wass, whilst new signing, Jack Smith, recently joining from Hucknall, also started.

Both sides had chances in the opening quarter of the contest, each looking to get a foothold in the tie with Dylan Walker heading wide of Wigglesworth upright in the opening minutes before J Smith volleyed an effort at Jack Walker in the home goal; Walker would push the effort onto his crossbar before catching the rebound.

Smith came close to opening his account for Linby minutes later, Wigglesworth though equal to it, before calls for a penalty for the hosts are waved away by the referee after Walker was seemingly brought down in the penalty area.

With 25 minutes on the clock, the deadlock was finally broken as Patrick Stefaniak and Ashdon Bernard combined well on the left flank, the visitors failed to deal with the resulting cross and Mason Moore fired home his first of the afternoon from ten yards out.

Minutes later and Moore was at it again, doubling both his, and Linby’s tally when he knicked the ball off the toes of the Meden Vale defence, saw his first effort saved by Wigglesworth, but followed up quickest to net the rebound.

A third was added ten minutes before the interval, Linby threatening to run away with the game in the first half; a miskick from ‘keeper Wigglesworth was fired back into the net from debutant Smith, the hosts finding themselves three goals to the good.

Shortly before the interval and the visitors pulled a goal back, an initial shot from L Jepson was saved by Walker in the home goal, however, the Meden Vale man was first to the rebound to afford the NSL side a glimmer of hope.

Moore’s afternoon was wrapped up just after hour mark when Peberday replaced him with Mitchell Slawson to freshen the attack up a little, and that move paid instant dividends for the CMA outfit; Slawson, within minutes of taking to the field, played the ball through to Ashdon Bernard, and he proceeded to lob the hosts’ fourth of the afternoon over the advancing Wigglesworth.

It would be a killer goal, putting an end to any hopes the visiting Meden Vale had, as Linby CW took their place in the next round of the Senior Trophy on the back of a comfortable, 4-1 home win.

Linby Colliery Welfare – Jack Walker, Rory Smith, Corey Wood (Ethan Fells, 75), Alex Paterson (Sanousi Ibrahim, 66), Billy Brooks, Connor Gillan, Dylan Walker, Mason Moore (Mitchell Slawson, 62), Jack Smith, Patrick Stefaniak (Ewan Gibson, 45), Ashdon Bernard (subs – Mitchell Slawson, Ewan Gibson, Sanousi Ibrahim, Ethan Fells)

Meden Vale Colts – Ryan Wigglesworth, Robbie-Jay Dickenson, Joe French, Brandon Davis, Daniel Taylor, Josh Taylor, Jake Smith, Stuart Grainger, Mason Broadhead, Alfie Gaughan, Liam Jepson (subs – Alfie Smith, James Marriott, Alistair Jones, Ellis Wigglesworth, Lasana Suso)

Linby MOM – Mason Moore

Att – 88

Official – Daniel Seward

Next up for Matt Peberday’s CMA South side, the return fixture with Teversal in the league, at Tomlin Personnel Park on Tuesday (10 October) night, before welcoming Nottingham FC to Church Lane this coming Saturday (14 October) afternoon.

Match Report: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 3 – 0 Arnold Town

Buckingham Insurance League Challenge Cup First Round  23 September, 2023

Church Lane was buoyant on Saturday (23) afternoon as Linby, who won the League Challenge Cup in 2022, began this season’s competition with a comfortable, 3-0 win, over the previous weekends’ opponents, local rivals Arnold Town.

Matt Peberday’s side again raced out of the blocks but, different to recent weeks, pushed on to extend the advantage gained, although an early goal was disallowed for offside after Dylan Walker had found the back of the net just five minutes in.

Just the one goal was netted in the first period though, despite several chances from the hosts, Patrick Stefaniak and Gregg Conn combining before the latter released Mason Moore who slotted into Piotr Strycharz’s bottom corner with less than twenty on the clock.

Home shot-stopper, Will Wass, denied Toby Francis midway through the half, pulling off a double save, whilst both Walker, and Moore, saw efforts saved at the other end.

The second began as the first had finished, the hosts in the ascendency, and they doubled their lead within minutes of the restart when a deep cross from defender Rory Smith reach Brad Gregory at the far post, and he volleyed beyond Strycharz and into the top corner.

Linby boss, Peberday, made a couple of changes a little under ten minutes later, and they paid instant dividends for the hosts when, on the hour, Mitchell Slawson, on for Greg Conn, lays off Gregory, and the visitors shot-stopper brings him down in the box, referee Ibrahim Arsali pointing to the spot and Alex Patterson made no mistake from twelve yards out.

As the game moved into the final twenty, the visitors found themselves reduced to ten men when Billy Bradley saw red, both sides though continuing to create opportunities; a through-ball from Evan Gibson (on for Paterson), misses Strycharz and Smith somehow strikes the ball off the bar, whilst at the other end a well-struck free-kick from Francis is saved well by Will Wass in the home goal.

A deserving save at the last from Wass in what was a hard-fought win, and a deserving clean sheet as Linby now look forward to the draw for the next round.

Linby CW – Will Wass, Rory Smith, Tom Coupe (E. Fells, 75), Alex Patterson (E. Gibson, 70), Billy Brooks, Josh Wass, Dylan Walker, Mason Moore (C. Wood, 57), Greg Conn (M. Slawson, 57), Patrick Stefaniak (C. Gillan, 70), Bradley Gregory (subs – Connor Gillan, Cory Wood, Evan Gibson, Mitchell Slawson, Ethan Fells)

Arnold Town – Piotr Strycharz, James Jackson, Callum Triance, Adam Clift, Kyme Mason, Lewis Neville, Billy Bradley, Craig Taylor, Ben Cooke, Toby Francis, Matty Hubbard (subs – Lewis Radford, Aaron Wainainan, Liam Black, Darren Milnes, Tyler Cobb)

Linby MOM: Dylan Walker

Att: 106

Match Officials: Ibrahim Arsali/Ellis White/Steven Devine

Elsewhere in Linby colours, the clubs’ reserves side, in the Division One East won 1-0 away to Clipstone Reserves as Zac Hamilton grabbed the decisive goal three minutes from time; and the U16s defeated Aspire Academy 4-1 in what was a comfortable, enjoyable day for the club.

To wrap up a successful weekend for the Club, the Vets beat Bestwood Vets ,3-2, with the goals coming from Luke Parkin, Jimmy Applegate and Steve Chaplin.

It’s County Cup action next for Linby, they at home on October 7 to Notts Senior League side, Meden Vale Colts, followed by the return fixture, away to Teversal in the league, three days later; the reserves meanwhile, joint-second in the table, are next in action on 14 October, away to Blidworth Welfare.

Match Report: Arnold Town 1 – 1 Linby Colliery Welfare FC

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – September 16

Linby made the short trip to Eagle Valley on Saturday afternoon for a Central Midlands Alliance Premier South game with fellow Notts club, Arnold Town.

It was a battling encounter with the two sides perhaps deserving of the shared points, even though the visitors struggled somewhat the more the game progressed.

The visitors, as with other games recently, created the early chance, but it would be the hosts who’d take the lead; Mason Moore was denied as early as the first minute in a one-on-one situation with home shot-stopper, Piotr Strycharz whilst just three minutes later, Arnold led, a shot from Tyler Cobb taking a deflection past Jack Walker.

The visitors grew a little into the after the goal as Moore shot over from a free-kick, then Ashdon Bernard had two chances in the space of ten minutes midway through the first half with the first cleared off the line, and the second denied by Strycharz.

A half of few chances however petered out with Dylan Walker’s effort ,from 22 yards ,going inches wide,after the half hour mark, before he went off injured with five to go in the first, replaced by Patrick Stefaniak, he stepping up from the visitors’ reserves side.

The hosts led by one at the break and they nearly doubled that early in the second period when Benn Cooke struck the ball off Walker’s crossbar before a plethora of changes temporarily upset the flow of the game.

With a little over ten remaining, Bernard found himself through on goal but was stopped at the last, Strycharz again saving his shot, but the Linby man was clearly fouled,whilst getting his shot in.But the Referee waved away Linbys penalty appeals.

Linby came agonisingly close to an equaliser , a goalmouth scramble ended with visiting captain, Greg Conn, seeing his header cleared off the line.

Luke Dye was brought into the fray with ten minutes remaining for the hosts and, five minutes later, grabbed the equaliser after a shot from another visiting sub, Alex Paterson, was lost by Strycharz, Dye on hand to knock it into the net with his first touch.

Currently sitting in mid-table, Linby saw Billy Brooks return to their starting eleven, the 2022 League Cup winning captain having re-joined from a faltering, Hucknall Town, whilst substitutes Paddy Stefaniak and Luke Dye stepped up from the reserves, the former playing a good 50 minutes or so.

ARNOLD TOWN – Piotr Strycharz, Kyme Mason, William Bradley, Adam Clift (capt), Lenny Jenkins, Lewis Neville, Jake Ogden, Liam Cunningham, Ben Cooke, Dan Chambers, Tyler Cobb (subs – Toby Francis, Jentzen Davies, Jacob Marshall, Liam Black, Joe Rock)

LINBY CW – Jack Walker, Rory Smith, Corey Wood, Greg Conn (capt), Tom Coupe, Billy Brooks, Dylan Walker (Patrick Stefaniak, 40), Connor Gillan (Evan Smith, 62), Ashdon Bernard (Luke Dye, 80), Mason Moore, Bradley Gregory (Alex Paterson, 53) (subs – Evan Smith, Ethan Fells, Patrick Stefaniak, Alex Paterson, Luke Dye)

Linby MOM – Mason Moore; Att – 78; Officials – Kevin Theobold/Andy Polkey, Ellis White


The high-flying reserves side meanwhile won 4-0 away to second-bottom Sleetmoor United in Division One East to move onto ten points and within touching distance of the top three of Blidworth Welfare and Kirton Brickworks (13 pts), and Ashland Rovers (12 pts). Linby Reserves’ goals in the comprehensive victory came from Josh Baldwin, Sam Coxon, Lucas Wood (penalty), and Will Knowles.

The future does look good for Linby with near half of Matt Peberday’s first team squad aged 18 and under, whilst the entirety of the reserves squad are all under 18.

It’s Arnold Town next as well for Linby, this time at home on Saturday (23 September) in the Buckingham Insurance League Challenge Cup First Round, whilst Linby Reserves are on the road at Clipstone Reserves (fourth of seven straight away games).

Match Report: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 1 – 3 Mickleover Reserves

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – September 9

Despite another, early goal, Linby Colliery Welfare failed to capitalise when home to Mickleover Reserves this past weekend, going down 3-1 in the Central Midlands Alliance Premier South.

As early as the third minute this time, Sean Craven would find himself fouled in the opposition box, referee Dan Seward wasting little time in pointing to the spot, and Ibrahim Sanousi stepping up to despatch his third of the season, firing past Joshua Maher from twelve yards.

Similar to previous weeks, and despite copious amounts of effort, Linby failed to capitalise; less than ten minutes after going behind, the visitors mustered together the equaliser when Kai Moore finished neatly past Jack Walker in the home goal.

Just before the twenty minute mark a free-kick for the hosts drifted towards the back post and, following Connor Gillan’s header back across goal, Ashdon Bernard proceeded to head over from close-range.

An end-to-end opening half would see the hosts denied by Maher, saving brilliantly from Mitchell Slawson who laid him off twenty yards from the goal, whilst at the other end Kai Moore volleyed over Walker’s bar, the sides going in level at one’s apiece at the interval.

Inside ten minutes of the restart and the visitors had turned the game around, Sam Tomlinson finishing well following a lovely turn and shot past Walker in the 53 minute, before the hosts substitute, Dylan Walker, was involved on several occasions just after the hour mark.

Having only been on the field a matter of minutes he first sent an effort wide of Maher’s goal on the hour, then three minutes turned provider for Sean Craven, his volley well-saved by the visiting shot-stopper.

Looking for the equaliser would eventually prove costly for the hosts though, and, following chances into the closing stages from Gillan (headed wide), Walker (saved header), and Craven (fired over the bar), Mickleover found the killer third at the death when their substitute, Mason Tudgay, grabbed the third to move them level on seven points with their hosts, in mid-table.

Without a win in their last three outings now (drawn one, lost two), Linby move on to back-to-back outings against Arnold Town, away in the league on 16 September, then at home in the Buckingham Insurance League Challenge Cup, the following week.

LINBY CW – Jack Walker, Rory Smith, Corey Wood, Ibrahim Sanousi (Brad Gregory, 46), Alex Paterson, Josh Wass (capt), Ashdon Bernard (Tom Williams, 46), Connor Gillan, Mitchell Slawson (Dylan Walker, 57), Sean Craven, Mason Moore (subs – Brad Gregory, Dylan Walker, Tom Williams, Lucas Wood)

MICKLEOVER RESERVES – Joshua Maher, Mason Hoult, Brandon Ferron, Jared Cholerton, Zak Sandhu, Harry Atwal, Bobby Battisson, Finley Ryder, Samuel Tomlinson, Kai Moore, Joshua Powell (subs – Dean Ironmonger, Toby Smith, Mason Tudgay, Luis Marshall, Joe Sellors)

Linby MOM – Sean Craven

Att – 96

Officials – Dan Seward/Michael Parr/Chris Parkes

Round up of this weekends Linby FC matches

Long Bennington 1 Linby Reserves 1
In Division One East, Linby CW Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw when away to Long Bennington to move onto seven points, three behind joint-second Blidworth Welfare and Kirton Brickworks. Our goal was a belter from Josh Baldwin , from 25 yards out. Again , our young Reserves outplayed their hosts , for long periods of the game.

Linby U16s 0 Bingham Town U16s 4
The Under16s lost their first league game of the season 4-0 , at home , against Bingham Town .

Linby Vets 3 Kirk Hallam Vets 0
The newly formed Vets team, won their first game of the season , in front of a decent Church Lane crowd, 3-0, on Sunday. The goals coming from Michael Bannister with a brace, and Jimmy Applegate .

Match Report: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 0 – 1 Pinxton

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – September 2

Both Linby sides fell to defeat at the weekend as the first were narrowly edged, 1-0, at home to Pinxton, and the reserves, 3-1 away to Ashland Rovers.

At Church Lane, Matt Peberday’s side put up a fight against visiting Pinxton, and could easily have taken a very early lead (as has been the case of late); a shout for a penalty in the first minute, for a possible foul on Ashdon Bernard, was waved away by referee Ibrahim Arsali, before Dylan Walker saw his effort blocked a minute later.

The visiting number eleven, Liam West, saw a volleyed effort sail over Jack Walker’s bar, before Brad Newbys shot was blocked well by Dylan Walker, both attempts coming in a matter of minutes with the visitors seizing control of the game.

Linby looked to turn things back in the favour just before the half hour mark when captain Greg Conn fired wide, Connor Gillan fired a free-kick over, and visiting shot-stopper saved well from Mason Moore.

With five minutes to go until the break, Nathan Benger sent a volley goal-wards for Pinxton, Walker equal to it however in the home goal as the two sides went in goalless at the break.

The second period continued in much the same vein, both sides creating chances but unable to find that killer breakthrough.

Benger headed over after fifty minutes before a free-kick from Sean Craven was dropped by Sherwood in the visiting goal, unfortunately for Linby, nobody was following up.

The chances continued to flow as first Conn headed wide of Sherwood’s goal, and Newby sent a free-kick over Walker’s bar, both goals leading a seemingly charmed life; the visitors though, they grabbed what proved the winning goal with thirteen minutes left on the clock as substitute Morgan Richards took aim from the edge of the box, and saw his effort deflect into the back of Walker’s net. There looked to be a blatant foul on Sanousi Ibrahim in the build up, but the officials waved away Linbys appeals.

Both sides could have registered in the closing ten minutes, a throw-in from Linby sub, Connaire Seery, was headed wide by Josh Wass at one end then, minutes later, Pinxton scorer, Richards, is denied by Walker in a one-on-one situation, the visitors holding out for a 1-0 win.

LINBY CW – Jack Walker, Rory Smith, Corey Wood, Ibrahim Sanousi (Connaire Seery, 80), Greg Conn (capt) (Alex Paterson, 76), Josh Wass, Dylan Walker (Brad Gregory, 76), Connor Gillan (Ewan Gibson, 67), Ashdon Bernard, Sean Craven, Mason Moore (subs – Ewan Gibson, Brad Gregory, Alex Paterson, Tom Coupe, Connaire Seery)

PINXTON – Will Sherwood, Harley Kozluk, Connor Mogford, Kyle Hempshall, Harvey Ford, Joel Smith, Ben Gowing, Ben Jones, Nathan Benger, Brad Newby, Liam West (subs – Josh Deakin, Aaron Northmore, Louis Richards, Morgan Richards, Sion Green)

MOM – Corey Wood

Officials – Ibrahim Arsali/Andy Harland/Scott Anderson

Meanwhile the reserves fell to a 3-1 loss away to Ashland Rovers, Luke Dye with Linby’s goal as the hosts netted through Ryan Butler, Michael Dennis, and Matthew Fowler, all four goals arriving in the first half.
Next up for the Linby sides, the firsts host Mickleover Reserves, whilst the reserves play the second of four, consecutive away games, this time away to Long Bennington, in Newark.

MATCH REPORT: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 3 – 2 Cromford & Wirksworth Town

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – August 19

After their third successive home match to kick-start the Central Midlands Alliance Premier South season, Matt Peberday’s Linby side currently sit in seventh place having picked up back-to-back victories.

Numerous changes were made, for both sides, ahead of the clash, Linby starting goalkeeper Glenn Guyatt (dual registration from Keyworth United), a return to the club for Mitchell Slawson (on the bench), and a debut for 17-year-old Evan Smith in defence.

The hosts raced into a two-goal lead inside ten minutes, Dylan Walker with the opening goal after just three minutes when heading a Sean Craven corner past Max Charlottes in the visiting goal (3 mins; 1-0).

The visitors found themselves two goals down less than five minutes later, referee Nigel Smith pointing to the penalty spot after Craven was adjudged to have been fouled, Sanousi Ibrahim stepping up to convert (7 mins; 2-0).

Halfway through the first period and Cromford pulled a goal back following a corner of their own, Joshua Henshaw heading past Guyatt to offer a lifeline (22 mins; 2-1); it would be a short-lived one however when, five minutes before the interval, Linby restored their two-goal advantage.

Visiting shot-stopper, Charlottes, was faced with a one-on-one situation with the attacking Dylan Walker, who proceeded to fire home his sides’ third of the afternoon (40 mins; 3-1), the hosts with a seemingly comfortable lead at the break.

That comfort lasted but a matter of minutes upon the restart, Cromford making a game of it just two minutes into the second when a cross is fired home from six yards out by Declan Jenkins (47 mins; 3-2).

Fortunately for the hosts, that would be the end of the scoring, although there were several chances for Linby to extend their tally midway through the half as Mason Moore struck Charlottes upright, and Brad Gregory fired an effort wide of goal, within minutes of each other, they holding out for the three points.

Just one point splits the top seven sides in the division in this early stage, with Derby Singh Brothers sitting top of the pile, next up for Linby, a road trip to fellow, joint-second place side, Mickleover RBL, on Saturday 26 August (KO 15:00).

Linby CW – Glenn Guyatt, Evan Smith (Coupe, 63), Ethan Fells, Sanousi Ibrahim, Alex Patterson, Josh Wass (capt), Dylan Walker (Slawson, 60), Ewan Gibson (Gillan, 65), Ashdon Bernard (Gregory, 70), Sean Craven, Mason Moore
(subs – Mitchell Slawson, Bradley Gregory, Tom Coupe, Connor Gillan)

Cromford & Wirksworth – Max Charlottes, Samuel Appleby, Aaron Taylor, Lewis Land, Joshua Henshaw, Steve Mallinder, Ryan Smith, Ben Cartwright, Daniel Watson, Declan Jenkins, Noah Evans
(subs – Jordan Watts, Joseph Geeson, Matthew Dranfield, Scott Taylor, Graham Whysall)

Officials – Nigel Smith; Simon Owen; Howard Bevan

Linby MOM – Sanousi Ibrahim

Att: 65

NB – the draw has been made for the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Trophy First Round (to be played 7 October), Linby CW will play host to Meden Vale Colts

MATCH REPORT: Linby Colliery Welfare FC 2 – 1 Mansfield Hosiery Mills

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – August 12

Linby looked to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon in their second, successive, local affair of the new, Central Midlands Alliance South campaign, Matt Peberday’s side welcoming Mansfield Hosiery Mills to Church Lane.

Signs were good for the hosts in the opening quarter of the match, Linby racing into a two-goal lead despite a tight, opening exchange between the two sides; a handball from the visiting full-back, after just seven minutes, saw the official, Kevin Bridges, point to the spot, Sanousi Ibrahim stepping up to beat Ethan Brown from twelve yards out (1-0; 7 mins).

The second goal for the hosts arrived some fifteen minutes later when a good moving involving both Ashdon Bernard, and Sean Craven, saw the latter go one-on-one with Brown in the visiting goal, the hosts’ number ten finishing off well (2-0; 22 mins); there was several chances to add more to the lead before the half hour mark as well, Josh Wass and Connor Gillan both seeing headers cleared off the line from successive corners.

Shortly after the latter of those Linby chances, the visiting number nine, Henry Brookes, found himself shooting on the break, however, his effort went wide of Jack Walker’s goal; minutes later at the other end and Bernard, saw his one-on-one with Brown, saved well by the ‘keeper.
As the contest headed towards the interval, Craven fired an effort wide from fully 25-yards, before the visitors pulled one back, against the run of play, via Brooks, his effort from the edge the box beating Walker (2-1; 45 mins).

HT – Linby CW 2 Mansfield HM 1

Substitution, Linby CW – Tom Coupe on, Ethan Fells off (46 mins)
A change for the hosts at the restart as Peberday brings on Tom Coupe for Ethan Fells whilst the visitors’ Stef Brown fires a half volley over Walker’s bar; Bernard then has two chances in quick succession moments later, Brown pulling off a pair of smart saves to keep the score down.

Substitution, Mansfield HM – Aiden Ordidge on, Henry Brookes off (54 mins)

The hosts found themselves reduced to ten men for the second week running, this time Jamie Thomas saw red following a high challenge just after the hour mark.

Substitution, Linby CW – Alex Paterson on, Dylan Walker off (63 mins)
Substitution, Linby CW – Brad Gregory on, Connor Gillan off (64 mins)
Substitution, Linby CW – Ewan Gibson on, Mason Moore off (64 mins)
Substitution, Mansfield HM – Elliott Nunn on, Luke Smithson off (67 mins)
Substitution, Linby CW – Rory Smith on, Sean Craven off (85 mins)

A quiet, second period did however see around a dozen minutes of added time at the end as Linby hung on for a narrow, 2-1 win, and their first, three points of the season, and jump into the top half of the South division.

Next up for Matt Peberday’s side, it’s another home outing as Cromford & Wirksworth Town visit Church Lane on Sat, 19 August.

Linby CW – Jack Walker, Tom Williams, Ethan Fells, Sanousi Ibrahim, Jamie Thomas, Josh Wass (capt), Dylan Walker, Connor Gillan, Ashdon Bernard, Sean Craven, Mason Moore
(subs – Rory Smith, Ewan Gibson, Tom Coupe, Brad Gregory, Alex Paterson)

Mansfield HM – Ethan Brown, Matt Phillips, Max Denton, Tom Turrington, Alex Sennett, Jack Riley, George Simpson (capt), Luke Smithson, Henry Brookes, Stef Brown, Marcus Gordon
(subs – Aiden Ordidge, Elliott Nunn, Aaron Carrington, Matt Dickinson)
Linby MOTM . Tom Williams

Att: 76

Match Officials – Kevin Bridges, Andrew Harland, Anthony Harland

MATCH REPORT: Linby Colliery FC 2 – 4 Teversal

Central Midlands Alliance League Premier South – August 5

Church Lane hosted the opening game of the news season in the Central Midlands Alliance League South on Saturday August 5, hosts Linby, led by Matt Peberday, welcomed local rivals Terversal, managed by Callum Harris, and it would see six goals, two penalties, and two red cards, on an action-packed afternoon.  

Following a fast start from both sides, the deadlock was broken a little over ten minutes into the game, referee Mark Sutton pointing to the spot after Jack Walker, in the home goal, was adjudged to have brought down the opposition striker, Danny Fletcher stepping up to despatch the penalty (0-1; 12 mins).

Just before the half hour mark, Linby had their first, real chance of the game, Josh Wass with a ball over the opposing full-back to Connaire Seery whose cross met by 16-year-old, Ashdon Bernard, the resulting shot being blocked on the line.

The equaliser, following a good spell of possession for the hosts, arrived just after the half-hour mark; Jamie Thomas’s ball was bound for Seery but the visiting shot-stopper, Joe Parker, came out to head away, but only as far as teenager Bernard, who showed composure and skill to chest the ball down, and lob Parker from full 25 yards (1-1; 31 mins).

Shortly before the interval and both sides were reduced to ten men when Wass was brought down by Fletcher, who proceeded to strike the home player, Fletcher seeing red by referee Sutton, then, in the ensuing melee, the hosts had Seery red-carded, and Wass booked (1-1; 39 mins).

With the game ticking towards the interval, Sean Craven volleyed the ball across Parker’s box for Bernard at the back post, the youngster, sliding in, puts his effort narrowly wide as the sides go in level, in both score, and red cards.

HT – Linby CW 1 Teversal 1

Shortly after the restart and the hosts would have an early opportunity to take the lead themselves, however, and following a corner, Wass would see his goal-bound header come back off Parker’s crossbar, whilst ten minutes later Craven sent a free-kick narrowly wide of goal as the hosts put on some pressure.

Substitution, Linby CW – Rory Smith on, Sanousi Ibrahim off (59 mins)

Substitution, Teversal – Blake Vincent on, Matt Frewer off (62 mins)

Substitution, Teversal – Kurtis Bamford on, Ethan Graves off (65 mins)

Substitution, Linby CW – Tobias Richardson on, Tom Williams off (67 mins)

Substitution, Teversal – Isaac Potter on, James Whitmore off (74 mins)

Substitution, Teversal – Harry Topliss on, Liam Carver off (82 mins) 

A late flurry though would see the hosts throw away a slender lead they had gained, with a little over quarter of an hour remaining, that goal, which put them 2-1 ahead, arriving shortly after Bernard had sent a 30-yarder wide of goal; a Linby corner and, having only been on the field less than a minute, substitute Dylan Walker headed the hosts in front (2-1; 71 mins).

That goal however seemed to spark the visitors to life as two goals in a matter of minutes spun the contest on its head, substitute Isaac Potter scoring twice after coming on in the 74 minute for James Whitmore; the same player would wrap up his hat-trick, inside ten minutes, with a little over five minutes remaining, firing home the visitors’ second penalty of the game, and putting the seal on an away win (75 mins, 78 mins, 84 mins; 2-4).  

Linby, it is now back to the drawing board, and another local affair, this time Mansfield Hosiery Mills visit Church Lane on Saturday 12 August, KO 15:00

LINBY CW – Jack Walker, Tom Williams, Ethan Fells, Sanousi Ibrahim, Jamie Thomas, Josh Wass (capt), Ashdon Bernard, Connor Gillan, Connaire Seery, Sean Craven, Mason Moore

(subs – Rory Smith, Dylan Walker, Tom Coupe, Tobias Richardson, Jamie Bogg)

TEVERSAL – Joe Parker, Sam Buckton, Matt Frewer, Ethan Graves, Jake Allen, Robbie Savage, Jason Heppell, Connor Bower (capt), Danny Fletcher, Liam Carver, James Whitmore

(subs – Kurtis Bamford, Alex Buttery, Harry Topliss, Isaac Potter, Blake Vincent)

Att: 59

Match Officials – Mark Sutton, Michael Parr, Kieran Widdowson