Linby ended their season in disastrous circumstances as they were heavily beaten 5-0 away to local rivals Hucknall Town.
The result means Linby look set to end the season in 9th place whereas Hucknall finish in 4th.
The home side were contesting their third game in six days and they also have a cup final against Selston coming up, yet it was the side in yellow and black that showed the most energy and desire throughout.
The first chance of note fell to Hucknall’s Joshua Henry who saw his initial shot string the palms of Linby goalkeeper Jamie Davies before seeing his follow up effort blocked by towering defender Steve Johnson-Fikula.
Ashley Whitt managed to break the deadlock for the home side after 16 minutes. The attacker was able to race through on goal after Sean White had mis-timed a clearing header before slotting home.
Linby captain Aidy Harris nearly got his side instantly level as he forced a save from Hucknall shot stopper Michael Randall with a shot from the edge of the box through bodies.
Whitt managed to double his personal tally when he got his sides’ second goal after 21 minutes. A cross-cum-shot was played across from the left wing by Joe Ashurst and Whitt was able to bundle the ball home on the goal line.
Ex-South Normanton striker Whitt could have wrapped up his hat-trick in the 43rd minute. Jordan Phillips unselfishly played the ball across to the striker who could only balloon his shot high over the goal when it looked easier to score.
Hucknall were unbeaten in their previous 7 games leading up to this contest and in first half injury time, they looked to extend that run. Jordan Phillips chose the selfish option this time as he fired through a crowded box after following up on Matthew Brian’s initial blocked shot.
The second half continued as the first one ended with Hucknall being the first to every ball as they controlled the game. Matthew Brian curled a free kick just past the wrong side of Davies’ post from 25 yards out only seven minutes after the restart.
After being forced to make a half time substitution following an injury to defender Steve Johnson-Fikula, Linby manager Lewis Saxby made his two remaining changes straight after that last attack as he looked for a reaction from his side.
The game was completely put to bed on the hour mark as Micheal Banister left Jamie Davies rooted to the spot. After the game, the keeper said his view was blocked as Banister rocketed the ball home from the edge of the area.
With the result secure and with players looking to impress ahead of their cup final, Hucknall made three changes soon after that fourth goal.
It was one of those substitutes who grabbed the final goal in the 68th minute. Kajally Danso found himself with both time and space to set himself on the edge of the box before unleashing a shot which ended up low in the corner of the goal.
Aidy Harris nearly got a consolation goal soon after but his hard hit shot from close range ended up being deflected by the outracing Randall. Hucknall continued to push for more goals with Jamie Crawford, Jaylee Hodgson and Joshua Henry all seeing chances end up in the stand behind the goal.
After the game, Lewis Saxby showed his anger and disappointment at his players. About the performance, he said: “We had too many passengers out there today, there wasn’t enough players switched on. Our side just didn’t have a winning mentality today.”