Total Football from Reserves as they Beat Holbrook St Michaels
Brough masterclass guides Linby to victory
After a last gasp winner in the week against Retford Development the Reserves were in buoyant mood for this weekends match with Holbrook St Michaels. Three Reserves were moved up to the First team but 14 players still made the trip to Derbyshire looking to extend a good run of results that has seen the team lose only once in 7 games.
Sickness to Connor Richardson meant a last minute change to the starting lineup and Mitchell Jackson stepped into central defense with Aiden Butler moving to right midfield and Travis Shooter, making his full debut, went up front.
Linby were good from the first whistle and looked in total command. Shooter was very lively and could have had a first half hattrick with a bit more luck. However, with Linby having all the play Holbrook took the lead with a well taken goal that our defense could do nothing about.
This was going to test the character of the young reserves. But they kept their heads and worked opening after opening before finally finding the net through Marshall Collingwood who crashed home from a Nathan Brough pass.
Before the break Shooter had a couple of efforts well saved and also hit the post. Linby deserved to be in the lead but as the referee blew for half time the scores were still level.
Half time: Holbrook St Michaels Development 1-1 Linby CWFC Reserves
The second half saw Linby continue to play really, really, well and a moment of individual skill from Brough saw him skip passed a number of players before slotting the ball home to put Linby into a well deserved lead. Soon afterwards, great work from left-back Joe Booth saw him overlap his team mates and win a penalty just as he was about to shoot. Up stepped 16 year old Shooter to take the spot kick and he made no mistake by shooting low to the left hand side. More chances came Linby's way and they extended the lead even further when the impressive Kieran Orange scored two quick goals. The first was purely down to his pace as he latched onto a ball over the top and his second was a contender for goal of the season with a pile-driver to the top left corner from just outside the box.
Lots more chances came and went for Linby with Adam Jacques and Aiden Butler both particularly unlucky not to extend the lead even further. In the closing minutes Holbrook grabbed a consolation goal but at the final whistle it was Linby who had secured the points.
Full time: Holbrook St Michaels Development 2-5 Linby CWFC Reserves
This has to go down as one of our best performances of the season so far with every player giving an 8/10 exhibition of football play. Players had the intelligence to exploit the wide pitch to the absolute maximum and at times the football was absolutely stunning.
Today's Man of the Match went to Nathan Brough who along with Adam Jacques absolutely dominated midfield and made the 'killer' pass time and time again.
Special mentions to Travis Shooter on his full debut and Mitchell Jackson for a very composed performance at the heart of defense.
Sometimes fate takes over from all the plans and tactics made prior to match day and today was one of those for sure.
Let's keep the great run going and finish the year in style.