Having lost the home fixture 6 - 0 there could be no great expectations for the Development Team's trip to 2nd placed Linton, but what we saw was a very creditable performance with a final score that did not truly reflect the balance of the game.
Linton kicked off and immediately attacked with intent, pegging the City back in their own half for the first quarter of the game.
It was in the 14th minute that Linton opened the scoring with a rather controversial goal when defender Ricardo Green seemed to be pulled to the ground in the goal area, and although most of the watching supporters, from both sides, were expecting a City free kick, the officials thought differently.
City did not let the decision effect them and, when in possession, were playing some attractive football, but having difficulty getting out of their own half, in fact it was not until the 30th minute that City gained their first corner.
Six minutes before half time, Linton made it 2 - 0, but 3 minutes later, Chris Racher beat the full back but with just the keeper, to beat he was brought down from behind two yards inside the penalty area.
Jude White converted the penalty to make the half time score, Linton Granta 2 City Development 1.
The second half was a more even affair with City matching their hosts in all areas of the pitch and the next goal could have come from either side, but, in the 64th minute, following a corner, Linton Granta made it 3 - 1.
City were looking the masters of midfield, but couldn't create the scoring chances and it was not until the 75th minute that the Linton keeper was really tested, when Jude White put through for Harry Farrow whose snap shot needed a fine diving save to keep it out of the net.
Ten minutes from time saw the 4th Linton goal, which again was rather contentious. It looked like a Linton player, in an offside position was infringing City keeper Joe Isaacson. The linesman's flag went up and down, but after consulting him the referee awarded the goal.
The final chance for City came in stoppage time when Victor Garcia tried an overhead scissor kick from 15 yards out, but it was a yard wide of the goal.
A very promising performance which showed how far the City team has improved with some outstanding midfield play and a fine performance from young centre back Ben Steele.
Final score: Linton Granta 4 City Development 1.
City: Joe Isaacson, Ricardo Green, Richard Daniel, Will Evans (C), Ben Steele, Rob Scrutton, Bobby Freil, Harrison Horton, George Rayner, Jude White, Chris Racher.
Subs: Matt Jenkins, Harry Farrow, Finn Cater, David Plesca, Victor Garcia.
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