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Match Report: South Normanton Athletic 2 – 5 Linby Colliery Welfare FC

An outstanding Performance from a very young Linby team

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Central Midlands Alliance South – 28 February 2024

Linby travelled away, for a midweek Floodlit game, to Lees Lane, the home of one
of the Leagues big promotion favourites.

Having drawn 2-2 on Church Lane in November in an entertaining encounter, goals were expected from two forward thinking teams, and the fair sized crowd were not to be disappointed.

Matt Peberday’s Linby squad contained seven players who were 18 years old and under, with 16 year old Harry Thorne making his first team debut.

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Linby started well, 11 minutes gone, Mitch Slawsons free kick, from wide on the left, wasn’t dealt with and Captain Josh Wass prodded home from close range, 1-0.

But a minute later, South Normantons imposing number nine , Josh Parfitt equalised with a good finish from the edge of the area, 1-1.

On 22 mins Linby were back in front, Ewan Gibsons shot from 22 yards , was palmed onto his post by Normo keeper Matt Tomlinson, and Joe Butler smashed in the rebound, 2-1.

Again, on 31 minutes, the home team found an equaliser with a lovely move, ending with Marc Bright applying a good finish into the bottom corner, giving Jack Walker no chance, 2-2.

Linby regained the lead again on 44mins, good work from Archie Brown set Thorne up to cross the ball in from the right , Butler rose the highest at the near post to head home, 3-2.

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Half Time South Normanton 2 Linby Colliery 3

The second half began with Linby under pressure, but good defending kept the home side at bay. Walker was called upon to make two vital saves to keep Linby in front.

67mins, on a Linby counter attack, Butler sent Slawson in, but the striker was bought down on the edge of the area. Kieran Ordidge received a straight red card, being adjudged as last man.

As the home team pushed more and more men forward, Linby nearly caught them on the counter several times.

Linbys fourth goal came on 89mins, Butler closed the home keeper down, and scored from close range, 4-2.

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A fifth was added in injury time as Browns exquisite through ball sent Butler away one on one, the striker cleverly lobbing the keeper, for his 4th goal of the night and Linbys 5th, 5-2.

Line up: J.Walker, Thorne, Trigg, Wass, Fells, Conn, Pollitt, Gibson, Brown, Slawson, Butler
Subs: D.Walker ( for Slawson 65m), Wood ( for Gibson 74m), Hamilton (for Thorne 84m)
Man of the Match: Joe Butler

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