Louth Town crashed to a 4-0 home defeat to Eccleshill United in the Northern Counties East League on Saturday.
This is a result that has taken the visiting team from Bradford to the top of the table.
Frustrated manager Daryl Clare commented after the game he was desperately looking forward to having five players back that were unavailable as their absence clearly showed against an organised Eccleshill side.
Billy Iggleton, Town’s young keeper, came into action early, darting out to deny Edwards who broke clear of the home back line. The young keeper made a save 10 minutes in. But was powerless to stop Patillo putting the visitors ahead. Clare tested Ryan Smith in the Eccleshill goal before Nick Manders went closer but saw his dipping shot go just over.
Despite neat play from the visitors, Smith in the home goal who was the busier of the keepers. Iggleton saved well from Patillo but on half-time was exposed as Town defence was torn apart and Alex Brisbane was unmarked to drill the ball home.
With Town finding goal-scoring a problem, Clare made a change at the break bringing Nat Walton to play up front, but before the change could have a effect Eccleshill increased the lead when Ryan Jones scored.
The vistors dominated procession for large periods and Town created very little but almost got themselves back into the game when Walton broke free but his shot saved by Smith. Iggleton tried to keep the Eccleshill forwards at bay, but was beaten again with five minutes to go as Harbach scored the visitors’ fourth goal.
Will Sinclair and Walton had chances to score before the end but, on both occasions, Smith proved equal to the task and, soon after, the final whistle brought an end to a miserable afternoon for Town.
Clare said after the game: “It was a disappointing performance in terms of the quality we have in forward areas at present.
“We certainly created enough chances but lacked an out-and-out goal scorer to finish off the golden opportunities.
“Our team will be transformed for next week’s home clash against Radcliffe Olympic in the FA Vase when hopefully our five missing players will return. We are very close to becoming a decent side but I’m expecting more in the coming weeks when hopefully I will be able to step back and drill the team from the technical area”.
The Don Noble Man of the match award went to Steve Cooper.