Linby Reserves traveled to Swanwick to take on high-flying Swanwick Pentrich Road who'd started the season really well and sat comfortably in 3rd place looking for a win to take themselves top. Linby on the other hand were still scratching their heads how they'd managed to lose so heavily in a game with Holbrook that they played so well in.
Linby's match-day squad had many changes and welcomed Toby Birch for his debut game. 13mins into the game Swanwick were leading 3-0 and Linby looked dead and buried. In truth they hadn't even turned up, looked like a bunch of strangers and paid a heavy price for it.
Inspiration was needed and eventually it came when a flowing move from back to front saw Birch slot home nicely. Moments later Marshall Collingwood made it 2 and not long after a great cross from Linby's left side saw Birch net his second from close range. The same player almost grabbed a first half hat-trick but saw a great header crashed against the post and away to safety.
Half time: Swanwick Reserves 3-3 Linby Reserves
Judging by the way the first half had gone the crowd were expecting more goals in the second but Linby defended like tigers and blocked and cleared attempt after attempt from Swanwick. They looked dangerous on the break with both Alex Paterson and Liam Porter catching the eye in wide positions and attacking duo of Collingwood and Birch could have both scored.
The game got stretched and chances were created and missed at both ends. Linby took the lead for the first time in the game when Swanwick turned a dangerous cross into their own net to setup a backs-to-the-wall final 15 mins. Skipper Luke Peters marshalled his defenders really well and in the closing moments 16 yr old Keeper Sam Waghorn showed terrific form and bravery to deny the opposition an equaliser with a couple of really brave saves to cap off his Man of the Match performance.
This game left you breathless and Swanwick will be wondering how they didn't win it. But massive credit to Linby for showing tremendous spirit to take victory from the jaws of defeat.