Linby Reserves finally returned to winning ways, after a run of seven defeats, coming from a goal down to beat Netherfield Albion 2-1.
Welcoming back last season’s top goalscorer Luke Price, and former player Richard Hannigan, Linby started well, and created several good chances to fashion a
But they found Albion’s keeper Steve Jones in fine form to deny Price and Alistair Murray with spectacular saves.
I was the visitors who took the lead on 31 minutes when Ryan Fowler released Richemone Sylla, who slotted home from an acute angle.
Linby found a deserved equaliser on 68 minutes, good work from Ryan Towle and Charlie Blatherwick set up Price for a shot from 20 yards out which Jones couldn’t keep out, despite getting an hand to it.
Price, who scored 42 goals for Linby last season, was up and running again this season.
On 73 minutes substitute Ant Wallis crossed to the far post and Az Potter rattled the crossbar with a stunning volley.
But Albion carried more of a threat in the second half, Glenn Guyatt pulling off a brilliant save to deny Fowler in the 80th minute, and in the follow up Linby centre back Sam Farn did well to clear the ball off the line.
On 88 minutes it looked as if Linby would lose, as they conceded a penalty for a foul on the dangerous Sylla.
Up stepped Fowler, but Guyatt denied Albion the lead with a fantastic save from the spot-kick.
As the ball ran loose, Sylla looked a certainty to score only to be denied by a great goal line clearance from Towle.
The Roy of the Rovers finale was completed on 90 minutes, as Linby snatched a late, dramatic winner.
Potter was fouled in the corner, he then swung the free-kick in, Price’s header was saved by Jones, but sub Ryan Sims was on hand to score from the rebound.