Linby play with 10 men for an hour after skippers dismissal.
Midweek games under the floodlights are always special and this local derby between Eastwood and Linby was never going to be dull. Members of both sides are well known to each other and local bragging rights were at stake.
The turning point of this game came after only 20 mins when Linby Skipper Alistair 'Tolly' Murray was given a second yellow-card and subsequently his marching orders. Linby had no complaints on the second yellow but were left scratching their heads to understand how he managed to be awarded the first one after being head butted - we look forwarded to reading the Referee's report for clarification.
Eastwood's First team star striker Paddy Webb was drafted into Reserves for the night and predictably he provided their greatest threat. However, Linby's defensive four of Moon, Davies, Peters and Booth along with keeper Matt Monk returning from injury repelled all efforts to score from Eastwood in the early stages.
Linby striker Toby Birch was unlucky not to open the scoring but saw his shot narrowly miss at the right-hand post after good work managed to find himself space in the Eastwood box.
With half-time approaching Linby switched off and let Webb in on goal on his left foot and duly he smashed home to take Eastwood into the lead with only a minute to the break.
Half time: Eastwood CFC 1-0 Linby CWFC
10 men Linby introduced Connor Whiles to central midfield in place of the hard working Marshall Collingwood for the start of the second half and he worked really hard to provide that creative spark to set Linby free on goal. After 15 mins Linby also pushed Kieran Orange into the game hoping to find the goal that their hard work deserved. Moments after his introduction Whiles was unlucky not to capitalise from a free kick when Orange was fouled just outside of the penalty area after a mazy dribbling run. Another odd decision saw a Linby throw-in given to Eastwood and Callum McGarry scored from the free-kick that was awarded directly afterwards to take Eastwood into a 2-0 lead.
Late on, Linby centre half Kieran Davies found space from a corner but was unable to make a full connection on the ball and his shot skewed wide.
Eastwood shut up shop with 15mins to go and saw the game out to record their victory.
Full time: Eastwood CFC 2-0 Linby CWFC
Linby players put a real shift in for this game and playing for over an hour with 10 men on the biggest pitch in the league left them completely exhausted at full time. Their attitude and work rate was exemplary, but more importantly they stuck to the game plan and refused to change their style of play despite the additional challenge put in front of them.