Thursday, 14 February 2013

Linby Colliery Welfare 2 v Clipstone Welfare 1 - Notts FA Senior Cup

Thursday 14th February, at the Lido Ground, Clipstone
Notts FA Senior Cup
Linby Colliery Welfare (0) 2
Matt Murphy 48, Baz Payne 57
Clipstone Welfare (1) 1
Steve Carty 45
Admission £3 inc. programme and raffle. Attendance 98
Technically, a home game for Linby, but they couldn't play it at their Church Lane ground, due to them not having floodlights there.
So this 3rd Round cup tie was switched to Watnall Road, the home of Linby's neighbours Hucknall Town.
Earlier today Hucknall's pitch was declared unfit for use tonight, so at short notice the game was switched to Clipstone's Lido Ground.
 Clipo only have themselves to blame, that they were just a solitary goal to the good at the interval, after they spurned a whole host of chances during the first half.
Right on the stroke of half time, Steve Carty fired them ahead, from an angle, to the right of Linby's goal.
And it looked, to all intents and purposes, as though the away side, playing at their home ground, would now build on that lead and comfortably see their way through in the Notts Senior Cup.
But Linby had other ideas and after the break they took the game to their NCEL opponents, knocking the ball around well and keeping possession for long spells, through playing a simple, but very effective, passing game.
The second half was only 3 minutes old when Matt Murphy equalised from close range after Clipstone's defence had made hard work of clearing their lines.
Just before the hour, Linby were in front, when Baz Payne added a second, from almost exactly the same spot that Steve Carty had opened the scoring from just before the break.
Clipstone had their moments in the second half, where they could've forced the game into extra time, but Linby stuck to their game plan and deserved their victory tonight.
Next up: Goole AFC v Ossett Town on Saturday.