LOUTH Town went down to a 2-1 defeat to Basford on Saturday despite going ahead in the first half.
Under bright sunshine both sides struggled to get going but it was Town who were the better side in the opening half.
But the teams went in 0-0 at the break.
Part way through the second half a Basford player was clean through on goal only to be tackled from behind, it was fortunate it was only a friendly and the Louth player was lucky to stay on. Basford failed to capitalise on the resulting free kick.
As the game wore it became scrappy and gaps started appearing in both defences. But it was the hosts who took the lead through skipper Carl Martin.
Basford restarted strong and pushed Louth hard until a mix up in defence saw Basford equalised, before a soft goal at the death gifted the visitors the win.
Louth boss Daryl Clare was frustrated to have thrown the game away.
He said: “Basford showed us why they won their league last year, throwing bodies in front of their goal protecting the goalkeeper and playing with aggression and a stubborn approach.
“Once again we were in total control for an hour but ran out of steam and conceded a soft goal late on.
“We will work on improving in both penalty boxes until we get it right.
“Frustratingly it’s another respectable performance that gained no result.
“Overall pre-season has been a serious test of our boys in terms of the quality of opposition we have faced and I am really pleased with everyone’s efforts.”
Town kick off their Northern Counties East League Division One campaign with a trip to Albion Sports on Saturday, August 4 (3pm).