Reserves second game of the season saw them at home to league new boys Retford Utd Development and it’s fair to say that we had absolutely no clue how the opposition shape up. That said it was soon very clear that Retford were young, well drilled and very fit.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides playing a patient style of football. Linby took the lead when Will Horton smashed in from close range after good work from young striker Ryan Butler. Retford hit back shortly after with a well taken goal when their striker who finished coolly after skipping free of the Linby defensive line. Linby kept their heads and continued to try and play their own game and not be panicked into going long. A nice passage of controlled play from Linby created space for skipper Alistair Murray in midfield and he struck an early contender for goal of the season to the top right corner leaving the Retford keeper with no chance.
Half-time: Linby CWFC Reserves 2-1 Retford Utd. Development
If the first half was level, then the second was all about Linby and once again it was Skipper Murray who scored with a well taken free-kick after Ryan Butler was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Retford pushed forward looking for a goal to get themselves back into the game but a fantastic break saw Kieran Orange pick out Ryan Butler with a terrific cross-field pass and he made no mistake with a lovely finish to extend Linbys lead. Still time for another Linby goal and this time it was Aiden Butler who scored with a neat finish from inside the area.
Final score: Linby CWFC Reserves 5-1 Retford Utd. Development
Great result for Linby and a really encouraging second half performance in particular. Retford can feel slightly hard done by to lose by this margin and I’m sure they’ll be a force during the season.
Still plenty for Linby to work on, but lots of positives from our first two league games.