Five star Louth earn first league win in victory at Selby

Man of the match Matt Kennedy netted twice and provided two assists as Louth earned their first league win.

Man of the match Matt Kennedy netted twice and provided two assists as Louth earned their first league win.

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MATT Kennedy scored twice as Louth Town put in a five-star performance to pick up their first league win of the season at Selby Town on Saturday.

Kennedy’s brace, added to goals from Carl Martin, Jack Wightwick and Callum Hyland saw the White Wolves run out 5-3 winners in a thrilling game in North Yorkshire.

Town started with 18-year-old Liam Highton between the sticks, the youngster joining on a temporary deal from Grimsby Town.

The visitors started strongly with Danny Kilmore leading the attacks. When he was brought down Ward made a fine save for Selby from a resulting free kick and again moments later when Kennedy cut inside.

But after 15 minutes Selby took the lead when Highton parried the ball to Nick Brown who tapped in the rebound.

Louth were undeterred though, and equalised just after the half hour mark when Kennedy ran through the defence and beat Ward to make it 1-1.

And the White Wolves took the lead when Kennedy’s cross was met by captain Carl Martin who nodded home.

Town continued to press after the break, roared on by manager Daryl Clare. Danny Stevens made a great run from the back to play in Kilmore, and the striker coolly slotted through back to the onrushing Stevens but the move was not rewarded with a goal as the shot flew wide.

Broughton was thrown on for the tiring Coulam as the heatwave began to tell on the players, and his superb ball was met by Kilmore who unselfishly played in Wightwick to make it 3-1.

And on 72 minutes Kennedy grabbed himself another assist as his cross was headed home by the unmarked Callum Hyland.

The heat was taking its toll and a lapse in concentration allowed Cohan Vause to bring the score back to 4-2, but the influential Kennedy made a great solo run to add a fifth for Louth.

Another lapse by Louth let Selby’s Chris Jackson in for their third on 95 minutes but it couldn’t take the shine off what was a brilliant performance from Town.

Afterwards, boss Daryl Clare said: “It was a great all round team performance from the lads and especially pleasing to see the players who have been waiting for their chance give solid displays.

“Scoring five and creating numerous other scoring opportunities will give us confidence and belief. I’m slightly aggrieved to concede two late goals and if we want to challenge at the top we will have to defend better when in control.”