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Sunday, November 28, 2021

MATCH REPORT: Mickleover RBL 2 Linby CW 2

Linby remain unbeaten after their first five league matches this season.

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Linby remain unbeaten after their first five league matches this season.

A draw away at a resurgent RBL team, who boasted three ex Heanor players, was definitely a point gained considering we had six players unavailable.

Andy Tring handed debuts to 16-year-old Ewan Gibson and goalkeeper Michael Shipley in the absence of Jack Leverton, who is suspended.

Linby started well with Sean Craven seeing a shot saved, and forcing 4 early corners, where the height of Jack James, Danny Tring and Ben Jones gave the RBL defence problems.

On the counter, the two RBL strikers Sam Vickers and Jordan Lee were a threat all game and on 20 minutes Shipley made a fine save to deny Vickers.

A crazy spell of three goals inside three minutes , began on 23 minutes , when Lee pounced on a loose ball 14 yards out, to give Shipley, no chance – 0-1.

The response from Linby, was immediate , good work from Rian Charles and Sam Brookes saw Craven finish with aplomb from the edge of the area, 1-1.

A minute later, Linby were ahead, this time Craven turned provider and won the ball back and laid it off for Rory Smith to hit a sweet strike into the top corner from 22 yards, his first goal for Linby, in his present spell, 2-1.

On 42 mins, Vickers produced a similar sweet strike , which went in off the underside of the bar, to level things at 2-2.

A wonderfully entertaining half , for the small crowd, which was an absolute credit to the CML.

HT: Mickleover RBL 2 Linby CW 2

After that brilliant first half, as nearly always happens , the second half never really got going, with the two teams cancelling each other out.

But never the less, it was still impelling viewing , watching the likes of James and Charles battling it out with Liam Oliver and Lewis Wilson.

Half chances came and went at both ends , probably the best of them fell to Linby in injury time.

Sub Ruban Mitchell sent Josh Hunt clear , but a great save from RBLs keeper Callum Beresford-Morris denied the striker, another Linby sub, Connor Gillan headed the rebound goalward, only for Dean Oliver to produce a brilliant goal line clearance , acrobatically volleying the ball to safety.

LINE UP: Shipley, Jones, Collingwood, Tring, M.Adcock, James, Charles, Brookes, Craven, Smith, Hunt.

Subs: Gibson(for James 61m), Mitchell(for Brookes 70m), Gillan( for Smith 80m)

MAN OF THE MATCH: Matt Adcock, a faultless performance at LB,to nullify the threat of Daniel Minto.

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