FOOTBALL: Louth Old Boys U15s deal crucial blow to title race rivals

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Louth Old Boys U15s 1-0 Fishtoft U15s

A cold wet day and a sticky pitch at London Road greeted Louth Old Boys and their nearest rivals, for the league championship, Fishtoft U15s.

Only three points separate Old Boys at the top and Fishtoft, so if ever there was a must win game for both teams, this was it.

There were eight goals in the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season, but with both teams not wanting to concede an early goal, clearly this game was going to be a lot closer.

The first 20 minutes were very even, but it was Louth that made the crucial breakthrough. Ryan Worrel picked the ball up near the corner flag and headed towards goal, beating four defenders before firing the ball across the goalmouth for Devon Ainscow to smack into the net with his right foot.

Fishtoft picked up the pace after going behind but Old Boys defenders were on top of their game and kept a clean sheet until the half time whistle.

Some straight talking from manager, Darren Ainscow, ensured that Louth came out in the second half with the intention of pushing the play further into the opponents half and defending off the half way line.

This worked a treat and the visitors spent the majority of the remainder of the game in their own half.

As time was ticking by, more and more exuberant tackles were flying in and the ref spent a lot of time with his notebook in his hand.

The result means that Old Boys now lead the league by five points with five games remaining.