Sub to Linby’s rescue

A CONTENDER for goal of the season salvaged a point for LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES in one of three Notts Senior League games involving local sides to take place over the New Year weekend.

Linby looked to be heading for a 2-1 defeat against struggling Nottinghamshire Reserves in Division Two when up popped substitute Liam Craig to fire a wonderful 25-yarder into the top corner ten minutes from time.

Dave Elson’s team had fallen behind in the 20th minute when Richard Betts opened the scoring for the home side with a close-range header.

And they were lucky not to concede more as Daryl Rose crashed a 20-yarder against the bar and defender Darrell Porter headed against his own post.

Against the run of play, Linby levelled on 40 minutes when Daniel Bernard turned in a cross from brother and man-of-the-match Johnny. But Notts restored their advantage 12 minutes into the second half with a goal from dangerman Rose.

LINBY RESERVES LINE-UP (4-5-1) — Guyatt/ Rogers, Riley, Porter, Walters/ Bernard D., Prewett, Mee, Ball, Bernard J./ Cheeseman. Subs: Craig (for Bernard D. 61), Cross (for Mee 85).

WITH the Senior Division taking a rest, the two other games involving Dispatch district sides resulted in a win for BOOTS ATHLETIC in Division One and a defeat for HUCKNALL TOWN RESERVES in Division Two.

Hucknall-based Boots continued their climb up the table with a 3-2 success at Wollaton Reserves, courtesy of two goals from Michael Brown and one from Andy Gould.

While Town lost 2-1 at Awsworth Villa Reserves, despite a strike from Ben Waplington.