Grab a free ticket and be Town’s twelfth man

Louth Town manager Paul Walden believes the support of the club's fans is key to success on the pitch.
Louth Town manager Paul Walden believes the support of the club's fans is key to success on the pitch.

DON’T miss next week’s fantastic half-term reader offer, where under 16s can get free entry to Louth Town’s crunch home match against Askern Villa at Park Avenue on Saturday, February 18 (3pm).

The Leader has teamed up with the White Wolves for this great giveaway; any under 16 can take the voucher printed in next week’s paper and watch the match for free, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Town have been one of the most successful non-league clubs in the country since being formed in 2007.

Back-to-back promotions under Paul Walden took them into the NCEL Division One where they earned a fine sixth placed finish last season.

And Louth manager Paul Walden is urging the town’s youngsters to be their twelfth man and roar the team on as they chase another top six spot this year.

“The fans can make a real difference to the lads on the pitch, they can make a lot of noise,” said Paul.

“It’s great to get the kids supporting their local team, and for some it might be their first taste of football at a decent level.”

“It might even encourage some to join our younger teams.

“We have a great support base already but it would be great to add to that.”

Paul said Town’s season so far has been ‘remarkable’ due to their lack of a playing budget.

But the White Wolves have lost just one of their last 12 games in all competitions, winning seven and scoring 25 goals.

Louth sit 14th in the table and are in the semi-final of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, with local rivals Grimsby Borough awaiting either Town or Shirebrook in a two-legged final.

Fans will be keen to see Louth’s star man Steve Norton in action, the striker has netted nine times in his last six outings including four against Grimsby Borough and a hat-trick at Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

He has 15 goals in 22 games since re-joining the club from Lincoln Moorlands last summer.

“We’re chasing down that top six hard,” Paul added. “We’re in a rich vein of form and hope it continues against Askern.”

Louth’s 14 home games this season haven’t lacked in excitement, with 45 goals flying in.

The White Wolves have hit five at home on two occasions and are known for their thrilling games and late goals.

Town’s highest home gate this season of 335 came as their dramatic FA Cup run ended against Northern Premier League side Buxton FC.

Entry to the game is just £4 for adults and £2 for children without a voucher.

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