LOUTH Town boss Daryl Clare praised his side after their narrow 4-3 defeat to higher division Lincoln United at Park Avenue on Thursday.
The White Wolves had found themselves 4-1 down before late goals saw them back in with a shout of a draw, but the visitors from the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier First Division South held on.
Both teams looked comfortable on the ball in the early stages until a defensive slip saw the hosts fall behind.
And after a period of extended pressure United doubled their lead with a clever one-two on the left hand side, leading to a cool side footed finish under the Louth goalkeeper.
After Town goalkeeper Taggart saved a penalty the home side pulled it back to 2-1 through Kilmore but Lincoln netted two in quick succession to move 4-1 ahead.
But Clare’s side refused to give in and stepped up a gear in search of goals. After a lobbed shot hit the crossbar and another came off the upright, a Louth player was taken down in the box and the penalty was put away nicely by Goodhand.
The comeback intensified shortly after when again a Louth player was felled in the box and Matt Kennedy made no mistake from the spot to make it 4-3.
But United held on to take the victory back down the A157 to Lincoln.
Afterwards Town Manager Daryl Clare said: “We matched Lincoln in every department and the result restores the spirit and belief we have created at the club.
“It was import for us to start scoring goals and it was pleasing that the players who didn’t start came on and impacted the match with great attitude and work.
“Paul (Goodhand) and Jack (Wightwick) played football from a different level and I am delighted to have them on board.”
Louth (4-3-3): Taggart (GK), Appleby, Martin(c), Wood, Stevens, Highland, Pawson, Goodhand, Rawlings, Kilmore, Wightwick.
Subs: Ward, G Pawson, Callerby, B McSpaddden, M Armstrong, Kennedy, Broughton, Willoughby, Cope, Finlay.