Substitute Croft lifts Louth Town to victory

Louth Town mid-week match. Pictured is Man of the Match - Callum Hyland 'Gump'. EMN-141128-152911001

Louth Town mid-week match. Pictured is Man of the Match - Callum Hyland 'Gump'. EMN-141128-152911001

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Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division 1 - Pontefract Collieries v Louth Town, final score; 1-3.

On a raw wet night of Wednesday evening (November 26) and a dangerous slippery surface in tow, Louth came away winners against high flying Pontefract.

The first half was a war of attrition which saw Kilmore shoot over in the opening minutes. Kennedy had a chance from a free kick but shot wide.

Pontefract’s Joseph Aaron had the best chance only to hit the upright after they had put in a prolonged period of pressure, whilst Town’s usually reliable Danny Stevens missed from the spot.

So at the break it was Ponte marginally on top with Louth defending well under pressure.

More pressure from Ponte after the re-start and they were soon rewarded with a great solo goal from Andy Catton. His blistering shot from the left curved away from Drury as he managed to get two hands to it, but alas not enough to put ir round the post.

The home supporters believed their slender lead would be enough, but Manager Walden played his cards right and substituted Croft for Kilmore whilst changing the formation.

Almost immediately Ponte had no answer. Louth started to play football with penetrating runs and crisp passes. Norton was brought down and Kennedy cleanly scored from the spot. From a throw the ball was worked to the line and crossed perfectly for Croft to score.

Then Kennedy on the left cut inside and put in a low shot for in off of the far post. Three goal in four minutes, you can’t get much better. Town continued to dominate until the final whistle. A massive 3 points taking them to 7th in the table.

Manager Paul Walden’s commented: “It wasn’t a great performance but it was certainly a solid one. We only had 12 available again with the league sending us so far in midweek but the boys put a full shift in.

“Reece settled in well and when we went in front we looked dangerous every time we went forward. A good three points against one of the title favourites.” 

Quora Developments Man of the Match: Callum Hyland.

Squad: Scott Drury, Danny Stevens, Robert McSpadden, Craig Lill, Carl Martin, Callum Hyland, Steve Norton, Reece Newell, Jamie Coulson, Danny Kilmore, Matthew Kennedy.

Substitutes: Lee Croft, Michael Armstrong.