Three games in a week takes its toll on young reserves side.
After a great win in midweek against Hucknall Town the Linby Reserve team took to the pitch looking for back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Once again the starting lineup was changed due to injuries and calls to the First team which provided an opportunity to play more of our talented younger players with Alex Humphreys and 16 yr old Travis Shooter stepping up for their first Senior appearances.
The early exchanges served notice just how good the Mickleover team were going to be and if their striker had his 'shooting boots' on they would have taken the lead in the opening minutes. But Linby are nothing if not dogged in their defensive duties and to-a-man they repelled everything the opposition had to throw at them with Skipper Adam Jacques and centre-back partner Connor Richardson both catching the eye. Connor Whiles broke down the Mickleover play in midfield and looked to lob the keeper from range but his shot was comfortably saved. Half-chances for Mitchell Jackson, Ryan Butler and Aiden Butler all went begging. One great flowing move on the left side saw Kieran Orange and Joe Booth work a great opening but Booth's neat cut back from the byline was skewed just wide and at half time the scores remained level.
Early in the second half new signing Kyle McDermott was introduced to replace Jackson and soon afterwards injury to Joe Booth provided an opportunity for U18's player Alex Humphreys to make his senior debut for the club. Mickleover scored their opening goal when Linby players were still shaking their heads wondering how they hadn't been awarded a free kick and soon after the visitors doubled their lead. With 25mins left Travis Shooter entered the game in place of Ryan Butler and shortly afterwards slotted the ball home neatly to bring Linby back into the game. Unfortunately, Mickleover scored their third within a couple of minutes of the restart as the heavy pitch and third game in seven days started to take it toll on Linby players. Shooter very nearly grabbed a second when he stole in between centre-half and keeper only to see is lobbed shot drift just wide of the mark.
Mickleover closed out the game with a fourth and not long afterwards the final whistle blew.
Full time: Linby CWFC Reserves 1-4 Mickleover Sports Reserves
For 75mins Linby were in this game but tired legs and minds finally took their toll. The scoreline will point to superior performance from the visitors and you have to admit they played some decent football. But as always Linby had some really nice passages of play and had they taken their chances early on things would have looked much different.
There are always positives to take from any match, even those you lose and the lasting memory of today's game will be the senior debut appearances for Alex Humphreys and Travis Shooter, with Shooter also scoring his first for the club at senior level.
Our next game is against Harworth Colliery Resevers on Saturday 25th November in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup and we'd love to see you down at Church Lane supporting the boys.