MATCH REPORT: Linby CWFC 0 – 2 Blidworth Welfare 2

Manager Andy Tring was again forced into changes, with no less than nine players from the first-team squad missing for various reasons.

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Linby’s season-long unbeaten home record, spanning 13 matches, was ended by title chasing Blidworth on Saturday (19).

Manager Andy Tring was again forced into changes with no less than nine players from the first team squad missing for various reasons.

Sean Craven and Jack James are suspended, Danny Tring, Tim Adcock and Josh Hunt were out injured. Greg Conn, Matt Adcock, Ash Foster and Tremere Lindo were all unavailable.

Indeed, it was a testament to the strength in depth that he has built up this season that he fielded a team that were able to competed. Blidworth are a solid, no nonsense outfit, that contain enough quality up front to be able to grind out results. It’s very easy to see why the former Linby Player, and Manager, Richard Hannigan’s Blidworth are CML South Division favourites.

The Home team started unusually slowly and paid the price by conceding an early goal in the first minute. Lee Townsends low corner caught Linby off guard and former player Aidy Harris volleyed home at the near post, 0-1.

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Linby struggled to get into the game for the rest of the half, probably the poorest half of football from them this season, not taking anything away from the visitors who wasted a glorious chance on 30 minutes to double their lead.

A Luke Bacon through ball sent Alex Neilson away one-on-one, his lob over the on rushing Jack Leverton drifting wide of the target.
The only effort Linby mustered was a shot on the turn from striker Elliot Jones on 40 minutes, that flew a foot over the bar.

Half Time: Linby CWFC 0-1 Blidworth Welfare

After the kick-off of the second half, the visitors again went close with Harris shooting from 22 yards out but Leverton produced a fine save.

Linby then went on to enjoy their best period on the game as they pushed the visitors back searching for an equaliser. On 55 minutes, a cross from Josh Melville was headed goalward by a Blidworth defender under pressure, but Keeper Finlay Batty pulled off a good save to prevent an own goal.

Despite Linbys pressure they couldn’t seem to find the final ball or that bit of magic to unlock the visitors solid defence.

Inevitably, it was Blidworth who found the second goal. 69 mins, another Townsend corner was expertly delivered to find Kyle Bacon to head home from 5 yards out, 0-2.

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The win puts Blidworth firmly in the driving seat for the title and leaves Linby’s hopes of promotion thwarted for this season.

But, it’s been a very commendable effort from Andy Tring’s troops who still have 11 games to play.

However, today was a step too far with too many big players missing.

The unbeaten home run, Linby’s best in 25 odd years, goes down as a testament to their undoubted improvement and will only make them stronger.

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