Linby Reserves travelled to top of the table South Normanton Town, and despite losing 3-0, the young team put on a good performance and were unlucky to lose.
After a lightning start from the home team, they went ahead on 11 minutes with a well-executed Adam Gilliot free kick from 25 yards out.
On 20 minutes the Shiners were awarded a disputed penalty. Top scorer Shaun Smith took the spot kick but Linby’s keeper Glenn Guyatt made a brilliant save to deny him.
Guyatt made two more good saves as Linby were hanging on desperately.
But on 40 minutes it was 2-0 as Smith put in Sam Chambers for a one-onone, which he finished well.
However, it was a different Linby in the second half as they tried in vain to get back into the game. On 53 minutes they scored what looked like a good goal, when Ross Cheeseman’s cross was headed in by Jake Wright, but the referee disallowed the goal for a foul on the home keeper which seemed harsh on Linby.
Two minutes later a great run from deep from Will Spray saw him cross to Cheeseman, but the keeper denied him with a great save.
On the hour an Ant Wallis cross saw Wright’s header tipped onto the post by the keeper.
Wallis was a fraction wide with a long range shot on 64 minutes and on 80 minutes, the keeper saved well from Wright’s 20 yard shot.
However, on 88 minutes a classic sucker punch saw Smith make it 3-0, an undeserved scoreline for Linby.