Louth Town Shaw Lane Aquaforce
Saturday saw a real financial David v Goliath encounter at Park Avenue when Shaw Lane Aquaforce were the visitors at Louth Town.
Craig Elliot was appointed the new manager in the week at the Yorkshire club and with his reputed substantial playing budget was able to bring four of his players with him from Ossett to make a strong Aquaforce squad even better.
But over the 90 minutes the neutral spectator wouldn’t have known who were high earners and who were the basement club as Louth matched them and can consider themselves unfortunate not to take something from the game.
With nine players unavailable Louth gave debuts to Michael Harness and Paul Jones and a substitute appearance for young Alex Nichols and welcomed back into the squad Bobby and Sam McSpadden and all impressed. The deadlock was broken on 32 minutes when a free kick was played into the Louth 18 yard box where Danny Frost got in a firm header that keeper Ben Smith made a great save from but couldn’t push it to safety and Frost was the first to react by putting the rebound in from close range.
Six minutes later they were on level terms as a great one two worked by Joe Gale and Lee Croft saw Gale beat the keeper at his near post for the goal of the game. The second half could not have started any worse for Louth when from another free kick Aquaforce took the lead when James Burgess scrambled the ball home at the second attempt.
In the 90th minute with Louth pushing for the equalizer Aquaforce exploited the space at the back to kill the game with their third goal.
It was an all-round excellent performance from the White Wolves that gave the home fans at least a flicker that they could still save themselves from relegation.
Don Noble Betting Man of the Match: Craig Dalton. The match ball was sponsored by Marshlands Community Hall Saltfleeby.
MANAGERS COMMENTS: On the whole I have to be pleased with the performance but its points that are going to keep us up at the end of the day. The positives were massive though and the squad has come a long way since the humiliation we suffered away at Shaw Lane and they deserve a lot of credit for that. I thought Craig Dalton and Andy Appleby were outstanding today and so too were the rest of the boys but we now need to put in performances like that in the remainder of our games but I’m sure the boys are up for the challenge.
LOUTH SQUAD: Ben Smith, Michael Harness, Bobby McSpadden, Craig Dalton, Andy Appleby, Paul Jones, Frazer Chapman, Tony Edwards, Lee Croft, Joe Gale. SUBS: Matthew Buck, Liam Stainton, Sam McSpadden. Alex Nichols, Michael Armstrong.