AFC Louth take derby honours

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AFC Louth won the Louth derby 3-1 versus Louth Town ‘A’ on Saturday, April 27.

A brace by Josh Baines and Ed Cope goal gave AFC a 3-0 lead.

Danny Marshall scored a late consolation for Town.

AFC began brightly and created the first chance early on. Tom Cope threaded the ball through to Ed Cope and the latter was denied by a fantastic save from Luke Dean.

Baines broke the deadlock on the half hour mark with a fortuitous goal.

Dean seemed to have held an effort by Baines, however the ball rolled under his body and into the back of the net.

Soon afterwards Dean made amends by denying Baines with another terrific save.

Ed Cope cut inside from the right wing and pulled the ball back for Baines to blast towards goal. Dean did brilliantly to get down and palm the ball away.

Town managed their first attempt on target in the 39th minute. Dave Pawson fed Nathan Walton down the right and he forced Jason Stamford into a fine stop.

Ed Cope doubled the visitors’ lead early in the second half. Jordan Southwell picked him out with an excellent diagonal ball and he controlled it well to fire past Dean.

Town kept going and were unlucky not to pull a goal back. Joe Rennie’s corner was headed back to him and he then crossed to Walton whose header was inches wide of the right post.

Jack Potter was booked for a foul and the resulting free kick led to a third goal for AFC. The ball was floated in and eventually found its way to Baines who curled it into the top right corner.

Dean did get his fingertips to ball – not quite enough to keep it out though.

Tom Cope came close to netting a good individual goal late on. He dribbled his way into the penalty area and dragged his shot narrowly wide of the left post.

In the 79th minute Marshall raced clear of the AFC defence and chipped Stamford to pull a goal back. It proved to be too little, too late as AFC held on for the win.

Shawn Dodge was unimpressed with his team’s performance, “I think we were beaten by a team who were more determined to get the result today.

“It’s very disappointing for me to see players with the ability that they have being beaten by teams who just seem to want the game more than we do.

“I think many of our players have played a lot of games this season and are ready for the season to end. We need to realize that we have 4 games left and should put a lot more effort and commitment into them. That way we will see an improvement in results.”

Town can make amends on Saturday May 6 away to Immingham Bluestone (2:30pm).