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MATCH REPORT: Linby Colliery Welfare 3, Wirksworth Ivanhoe 2

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Manager Andy Tring unveiled two new signings for Linby’s first game of the new year.

Jack Desmond and Josh Melville have now joined the club on loan from Heanor Town and both made impressive debuts in front of an healthy Church Lane crowd (117).

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Linby were on the front foot from the start of the game on 10 minutes with Jack James’ far post header from a corner. It fell to Melville and his thunderous left foot volley from 14 yards crashed against the bar. Sean Craven’s follow up. was then cleared off the line.

On 19 mins, Melville’s cross from the left found Craven, whose shot was brilliantly saved by Wirksworth keeper Connor Deakin .

On 25 mins, Linby had the lead. A lovely passing move down the left involving Rory Smith and Melville resulted in Craven squaring the ball to Caden McGrath, who fired home from 12 yards out, 1-0.

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Linby then seemed to take their foot off the gas and the visitors began to look threatening.

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The dangerous Thomas Mellor had already saw two shots fly narrowly wide, when on 40 minutes he saw his shot brilliantly saved by Jack Leverton, to keep Linby in front at the interval.

The second half began in dramatic fashion as the visitors drew level on 47 mins. Linby captain Danny Tring was adjudged to have pushed Mellor when he headed clear. The Referee gave a penalty , which Mellor scored to make it 1-1.

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Linby felt the decision was very harsh and in the protests Jamie Thomas was sin binned for 10 minutes.

Linby gradually began to get on top but it wasn’t until the 76th minute when the well organised visitors defence was finally breached.

Craven was again the provider for substitute Travis Shooter who finished with aplomb ,into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

Five minutes later it was 3-1, with yet another very well worked goal. Melville, Craven and Matt Adcock were involved , then Tim Adcock found McGrath, who turned and shot into the bottom corner with a lovely piece of skill.

But, the resilient visitors were not finished as they pulled a goal back on 85 minutes, Steven Murphy finishing well, eight yards out, from a left-wing cross to make it 3-2.

Linby saw the game out to preserve their unbeaten home record. Out of eight games on Church Lane , they have won 7 and drawn only one.

LINBY CWFC LINE UP:Leverton, Thomas, Tring, Desmond, M.Adcock, McGrath, James, T.Adcock, Craven, Smith, Melville .

Subs: T.Shooter ( for James 45m), Gillan ( for Smith 70m)

Man of the Match: Caden McGrath

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