Linby and AFC serve up derby stalemate

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FESTIVE feasts dominate the thoughts during the Christmas holidays.

So it was hoped that derby rivals Linby Colliery Welfare and Hucknall Town AFC could serve up the sporting equivalent with a feast of attacking football on Boxing Day in a clash for South Division points in the Central Midlands League.

But sadly there was no such luck for the crowd as the sides fought out a stalemate 0-0 draw at Linby’s Church Lane ground.

The end result left struggling AFC as the happier side as they continue to collect vital points in their bid to pull away from the bottom of the table.

They also rightly point out that not many sides will come away from Church Lane with a clean sheet this season against a side in Linby who have already rattled the back of the net 52 times this season in league and cup encounters.

As for Linby, they will probably see the result as two points dropped in a game against an outfit eight places and 20 points behind them in the table.

But with local bragging rights up for grabs, a depleted AFC side put in a determined shift.

With a bare squad due to illness, their players showed great commitment with three making the journey to play the game from London, Manchester and Chesterfield respectively, leaving their family festivities behind.

Two 16-year-olds also made their debuts and a solid first-half performance gave AFC a good foothold in the game.

Chances were always going to be at a premium but Linby only enjoyed a spell of dominance in the final ten minutes after AFC had to make two forced changes due to injury.

But their keeper, James Beddingham, did not have a save to make in the 90 minutes with his opposite number between the Linby sticks also facing a similarly untroubled afternoon, particularly in the second-half.