Smash and Grab from Reserves seals Last Minute Victory
Ryan Butler goal seals win
Linby Reserves traveled the short distance to Watnall Road for a mid-week local derby under the floodlights in a match with Hucknall Town. Both teams have experienced a mixed start to the season but recent results indicated this should be a decent contest between two teams looking to climb the table.
Linby started well and created the first chances of the game with a good opening 15mins. But attempts on goals then dried up and keeper Matt Monk had to be on his best form to snuff out a series of chances for Hucknall to take the lead. Linby lost Skipper Alistair Murray after 20mins and Connor Whiles entered the match in his place. Aiden Butler delivered a number of dangerous corners for Linby but unfortunately no one was able to apply the finishing touch to score.
Hucknall's created a constant threat by pumping the ball long and over the top as they sought to catch the Linby defenders out.
35mins in Linby lost a second player when young centre half Connor Richardson had to leave the field with concussion to be replaced by former Hucknall player Kieran Davies. Hucknall continued to have the better chances, had a penalty appeal turned away and looked certain to score from close range only for Linby keeper Monk to push the ball onto his bar and away to safety.
Half time: Hucknall Town Reserves 0-0 Linby CWFC Reserves
The second half started much like the first with more pressure from Hucknall on the Linby goal and Matt Monk continuing to save everything that was thrown at him. Just as Linby appeared to have weathered the storm Hucknall took the lead with a miss-hit shot from close range. Many Town fans predicted the floodgates would now open for their team but if anything it stirred Linby into action. The third enforced change of the game saw Luke Peters replaced by Ethan Jacques and Adam Jacques (no relation) moved from midfield into central defense along side Davies.
Linby finally started to find a bit of space and applied some pressure of their own. Whiles danced into the box but just couldn’t get his shot away. The same players free-kick to the far post found Joe Booth but his header was narrowly wide. With 10mins left Linby got a lucky break when a looping ball into box was headed up and over his own keeper by a Hucknall defender to level the scores.
It was all to play for now and both teams surged forward looking for a winning goal.
Linby snatched all 3 points when a moment of magic from Whiles picked out Ryan Butler on the edge of the box who controlled well before smashing home to the bottom right corner.
Hucknall threw everybody forward in the last couple of minutes but at the final whistle it was Linby celebrating what at half-time had seemed like an unlikely victory.
Full time: Hucknall Town Reserves 1-2 Linby CWFC Reserves
This was not Linby's best performance and we certainly rode our luck but ultimately the game is about scoring goals and Linby clinched the win with a great move and clinical finish. Having 3 players needing to be substituted due to injuries was definitely not in the game plan but this shows the strength in depth of the squad that ensured the team kept its shape nicely and continued to work hard for each other.
Tonight's Man of the Match went to keeper Matt Monk for a truly outstanding performance. But also a special mention to Adam Jacques for a towering performance at the heart of midfield and defense.