Two great goals, some resolute defending and a touch of good fortune combined saw Louth Town claim the scalp of Evo-stik Northern Premier League side Lincoln United in the quarter final of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy with a final score of 2-1.
A good result for town beating a team who are two divisions higher than they are in front of a home crowd of 123 at Park Avenue in Louth.
The White Wolves started the match perfectly with a goal from Steve Norton inside the opening two minutes. A good cross from Jordan Smith was just missed by Jamie Coulson but the ball rolled invitingly for Norton on the right hand side of the box.
Norton gleefully smahed the ball into the net past the dive of Lincoln United goalkeeper Robert Peet.
United hit back and put the Louth defence under a lot of pressure. Goalkeeper Scott Drury made a great double save to deny Andy Hutchinson and then Kallum Smith. A long ball over the Town defence saw Scott Ruthven in acres of space but his attempted lob was easily caught by Drury.
Norton’s long, mazy run was ended by Callum Ward with a great sliding tackle just as the Louth man looked set to pull the trigger again. Peet then did well to punch away a Louth corner as Carl Martin and Coulson put him under pressure.
Lincoln responded again with a shot by Jason Field that went high and wide. Moments later Drury found himself beaten by Ruthven’s shot but the ball was cleared off the line by Callum Hyland.
Craig Lill’s effort for the home side was blocked before Greg Andrews hit the rebound over the bar. Ruthven rounded Drury only to see his effort cleared off the line again, this time by Danny Stevens.
Ruthven wasn’t to be denied for a third time however as he scored the equaliser right on the stroke of half time. Louth failed to clear a United free kick and the Lincoln striker fired into the net from 12 yards.
The start of the second half saw Lincoln exerting more pressure on the Louth goal. Hutchinson’s header from Matt Cotton’s cross was blocked on the line by Andy Appleby before Cotton’s shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Drury.
Substitute Elliot Broughton (a former Louth Town player) saw his shot from 18 yards hit the side netting.
Incredibly another header by Hutchinson was cleared off the line by Martin, the fourth Lincoln attempt to be cleared in this way during the match. A long shot by Josh Nichol was then tipped over the bar by Drury.
It seemed only a matter of time before the visitors scored but Louth defended resolutely and were rewarded for their hard work when Jamie Coulson scored the next goal of the game with an absolute stunner.
The Louth man found himself on the left hand side of the penalty area where he expertly turned inside Michael Jacklin before unleashing a pile-driver that flew into the corner of the net. Coulson has now netted in 8 consecutive games for Louth, netting 11 goals in the process.
Lincoln attacked again and Jacklin headed over before a series of corners were all well dealt with by the Louth defence. The final minute saw Cotton head well over when well placed inside the Louth penalty area.
This proved to be the final attack of the game, leaving Louth to celebrate an excellent victory. Another Evo-stik League side awaits and the semi final with the White Wolves set to face Brigg Town.
Quora Developments Man of the Match - Scott Drury.
Manager Paul Walden comments: “A great all round performance from the boys. We were disciplined and stuck to a game plan and even though we rode our luck at times we deserved the victory.
“When Scott was needed, he was superb but we gave him great protection I thought Danny Stevens and Carl Martin were quality and we go into Saturday’s crucial game at Bottesford full of confidence now.”
Attention now turns back to the Toolstation Northern Counties East League promotion campaign when Louth travel to play Bottesford Town on Saturday (January 31). Kick off will be at 3pm.