FOOTBALL: Goodhand rescues a controversial point for Louth Town Reserves

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Paul Goodhand scrambled in the rebound from a controversial late penalty to earn Louth Town Reserves a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Ruston Sports on Saturday.

Town conceded on 23 minutes when goalkeeper Ben Smith sliced his pass to an opponent who then opted to chip him. Smith recovered making an excellent save, but Ross Brown’s attempted clearance deflected off another player and went in.

The goalscorer then squandered a great chance to net his second of the afternoon when he ran onto a ball over the top and missed his one-on-one with Smith.

Town improved after the break and began to create chances in the second half. Bobby McSpadden played in Andy Willoughby down the left and he drilled wide and Goodhand saw his long range effort fly over the bar.

Smith saved smartly at his near post before Ruston’s goalkeeper came out of his penalty area and brought down Frazer Findlay at the other end. The goalkeeper was shown a yellow card and the resulting free kick came to nothing.

With time running out Town changed to a 3-4-3 and it looked like the Ruston defence would stand firm until Town were given a lifeline.

The referee spotted something through a crowd of players in the box and deemed whatever he’d seen to be worthy of a penalty kick.

Goodhand took the penalty and the goalkeeper guessed correctly, but Goodhand netted the follow up to earn a point for Town who sit 11th in the Sills & Betteridge Solicitors Lincolnshire Football League.