Linby travelled to the Mease Pavilion in Derbyshire to face Hilton Harriers – a team they have never beaten in the three seasons Hilton have been in the CML.
Manager Andy Tring was again forced into changes, due to injuries, illness and unavailability.
Marshall Collingwood started at centre back; Mitch Jackson started in midfield.
Jack Leverton was back in goal after his three-match ban.
Linby got off to the worst possible start, going down 2-0 inside the first nine minutes of the game.
With only two minutes gone, Linby failed to clear the ball and as the loose ball bobbled around the area, the referee gave a penalty, adjudging Leverton to have fouled Hilton’s Scott Julien.
Scott Abbey made no mistake from the spot to put the home team 1-0 up.
On 9 minutes it was 2-0, a long ball, Aaron Millinchip latched onto it , and produced a superb angled finish, in off the far post, to leave Leverton with no chance – 0-2.
10 mins and Linby created their first chance of the game with good work from Rory Smith and Ash Foster, set up Sean Craven, but his shot was just wide of the target.
15 mins, and it could have been 3-0 but for a good save from Leverton, to deny the dangerous Millinchip.
On 17 minutes, Smith tried his luck from the edge of the area, only to see his shot blocked with possibly a hand, despite Linby appeals for a penalty – the referee waved play on.
26 mins, and Linby pulled a goal back, Smith sent Foster away down the right wing , he jinked
His way past two defenders , and drilled a low cross in from the byline, which was turned home by Jackson from 6 yards out, 1-2.
Amazingly, on 34 minutes, Linby were level. A quick free-kick from Craven found Smith clear, his initial shot was well saved by Hilton keeper Harry Wood, but the Linby man, showed composure to calmly control the loose ball and slot into the bottom corner, 2-2.
A breathless first-half ended with the teams level .
Half time. Hilton Harriers 2, Linby CWFC 2
Five minutes into the second half, Linby thought they had the lead: Craven was quick to pounce onto a mistake from Wood as the keeper attempted to take a quick free kick on the edge of his area, but surprising the referee disallowed the goal saying Wood had not played the ball?
It looked very much like Wood had got away with that “one” .
54 mins and more good work from Foster down the right as he beat his man and crossed for Craven who hit an instant half volley, which Wood brilliantly saved .
Craven saw a free kick saved on 62 minutes as Linby pressed for the elusive third goal.
65 minutes in, Linby finally took the lead as Sam Brookes won a tackle on the half-way line and fed the speedy Harley Shooter who had come on as substitute, Shooter’s pinpoint cross found Foster 12 yards out, who applied a one touch volleyed finish into the bottom corner, 3-2.
Linby survived late pressure from the home team to take all three points, and keep their unbeaten start to the season going.
Indeed , they could have added to their goals, when the lively Foster was denied what looked a certain penalty , in the dying minutes.
LINE UP: Leverton, Smith, Tring, Collingwood, Conn, James, Jackson, Brookes, Craven, Jones, Foster.
SUBS: H.Shooter ( for Jackson 60m), T.Adcock(for Tring 66m)
Man of the Match: Ash Foster