FOOTBALL: Louth leave it late to grab a point

Hemsworth's defender jumps far too early to avoid Carl Martin, (2nd from right), heading in the added time equaliser for Louth. EMN-140929-093814001
Hemsworth's defender jumps far too early to avoid Carl Martin, (2nd from right), heading in the added time equaliser for Louth. EMN-140929-093814001
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Louth Town 2-2 Hemsworth Miners Welfare

After a bright start the White Wolves put in dismal second half display and luckily earned a draw halfway into added time.

The opening of the first half saw Louth close to their best, but poor finishing again let them down. Lee Croft went just wide with his first attempt whilst Steve Norton’s low powerful shot went in the same direction.

Another from Norts was blocked by ‘keeper Bentley. Frazer Chapman made himself a force to be reckoned with some searing runs through the defence, but he faded badly during the half.

Paul Coulam missed with his shot from a corner and it was not until the 28th minute that Louth found the net. A superb long throw from Andy Appleby found the head of Captain Carl Martin. He headed on to Crofty who delivered a clean low shot into the net.

Then it was Greg Andrews turn to miss, with a long range going wide. Andrews was again in action making a great break and pass to Norton who fluffed his chance with only the ‘keeper to beat.

Only the players will know what happened in the second half, but the White Wolves allowed Hemsworth back into the match and they certainly took full advantage, with two superb goals within the space of three minutes from Rob Crapper and Nash Connolly.

Hemsworth’s revival continued for most of the half with Louth’s defence making far too many mistakes and the forwards unable to make any impact.

It was not until two minutes of added time had elapsed that Town were awarded a free kick. Danny Stevens stepped up to the dead ball on the left about 22-yards out. With most of the Louth players massing on the edge of the area it was left to Carl Martin to head home. Leaving it late is a massive overstatement.

Manager Paul Walden said: “We were awful, all over the park and were fortunate to scramble a point in the end.

“Our opponents could have been dead and buried after 10 minutes, but missed chances gave them the belief to take the game to us and going in at half time one up we couldn’t see us losing. That was until our second half performance which was woeful.

“We have a hectic programme in October and we are trying our best to get fresh faces in but we certainly expect better from the boys.”