Magpies lose for first time this season
Great Linford victorious at the Rec
Great Linford Reserves were the well deserved victors at the Rec on Saturday as Steeple Claydon struggled to get out of the blocks.
After two relatively postive performances in the league, an extended break didn't seem to help the Magpies who were slow out of the blocks from the start and rather sluggish throughout the match.
Indeed, the game was fairly evenly matched approaching the break, before Linford's tallest player was left unmarked from a corner to put the away side ahead.
Claydon re-grouped and made a change of personnel with Chris Doherty replacing Alex Webb. Claydon continued to press but couldn't seem to get any efforts on target and were punished when a looping cross from the far left side of the field out-witted the back peddaling Mark Smith in the Claydon goal.
As Claydon pressed to recover the game, gaps began to appear in the mdifield allowing Linford to break in groups and at speed, when a low-hard cross was diverted past Smith by one of his own defenders at 3-0 the game was won. Linford punished some poor passing in the midfield to put the game well out of Claydon's reach to make the final score 4-0.
With two fortunate goals, a 4 nil scoreline was perhaps flattering to Linford, however, they were fully deserving of victory on the day. A game which Claydon will quickly need to forget and move on from as the side look forward to Brackley Sports on Wednesday then a first ever meeting with Cage Athletic on Friday.