Last Minute Equaliser see Reserves share Points
Super-Sub Charlie Miller smashes home in final minute to nick a draw against very, very, strong Radford side.
On a weekend that was more suitable for 'water sports' Linby Reserves traveled to Hyson Green for their opening game of 2018 against Radford. The kick-off was pushed back to 3:00pm to ensure the pitch was in the best possible state and by the first whistle the surface had dried sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead. Earlier in the season the two teams had played out a 1-1 draw but news of the Radford first team game being called off meant the opposition were likely to be a different proposition today.
Radford started the game well and played some very nice controlled football but their main tactic appeared to be to try and play over the top of Linby's central pairing of Newton and Richardson who had to be at their very best to keep their goal in tact. Radford took the lead with a well taken effort but Linby struck straight back when Alex Dodd headed home within moments of the restart from a flowing move from front to back. In truth this had been Linby's first moment of real quality and thankfully it settled them down and soon more chances started to appear. Toby Birch put Linby into the lead after a terrific pass from Skipper Adam Jacques set him free from his marker to finish neatly to the bottom corner. Alex Dodd has a chance to extend Linby's lead but his close range shot was well saved. Soon after Jacques swiveling volley would have been a contender for 'Goal of the Season' had it found the back of the net. Radford contrived to smash a penalty over the bar and at half-time Linby went into the break leading.
Half time: Radford Reserves 1-2 Linby CWFC Reserves
In the second half the pattern of play was much the same with both teams carving out chances but a some great defending and goalkeeping kept things tight. Radford drew level with 20mins left on the clock when taking advantage of their linesman's unfortunate mistake when he missed that the ball had looped in and out of play from a long clearance. Linby introduced Humphreys for the injured Richardson and soon after Aiden Butler replaced the impressive Toby Birch. In the final 5 minutes Radford thought they had snatched the points when they scored from a header. But they hadn't reckoned on super-sub Charlie Miller coming of the bench and scoring with his first touch of the game. Either team could have won it at the death, but in truth a draw was just about the right result.
Full time: Radford Reserves 3-3 Linby CWFC Reserves
Given the opposition line-up today you have to give massive credit to Linby players for securing this result. Yes, we feel we should have won but once again we've shown some great quality, caused a top notch team plenty of problems and showed amazing spirit to grab a point at the death when others would have given in.
Today's Man of the Match goes to Sam Waghorn, our U18's Keeper, who was simply fantastic. He showed what a great prospect he is for this club and we all look forward to seeing him blossom into a terrific asset to our senior setup.