Grimsby Borough 3 Louth Town 2
Louth were unlucky to suffer a defeat at the hands of local rivals Grimsby Borough in an exciting match at Bradley Fields on Saturday.
The main difference was Borough’s striker Luke Fanthorpe scoring close to stoppage time in each half.
The White Wolves had the upper hand throughout the first half. Jamie Coulson and Lee Croft both came close to scoring, but as the half time break got close everyone assumed it would be a scoreless half.
Josh Thompson saved a shot from a Renzie Lobendhan and Fanthorpe pounced on the rebound putting Louth a goal down.
After the break Wolves Scott Drury took the possession and passed a superb ball to Coulson, who’s strike rolled past Brad Beattie in the Borough goal.
Louth then surprised the crowd when former Borough defender Paul Jones, playing in the middle of the park struck from over 35-yards out and his dipping shot went over Beattie and into the net of a disappointed Borough.
Borough came close on a couple of occasions, but it was again the elusive Fanthorpe who scored another rebound. Heading into stoppage time with Louth defending wellin the closing minutes they unfortunately gave away a free kick.
The result was Fanthorpe gaining a hat trick.
All in all it was a fantastic local derby and a credit to the two clubs. It was just a shame someone had to lose.
Acting manager, Mike Armstrong said: “I can’t praise the players enough today for their efforts.
“To have so many players let us down at such an important part of the
season and in a local derby hurts.
“The 11 who turned out today were outstanding in every respect. They worked hard to end up with a result that was not deserved. We had players playing through injuries to try to keep the result at 2-1.
“We ran out of steam and I’m gutted for the lads after the hard work they put in. Josh in goal was first class, followed by our other ‘keeper Scott at right and Jonsey was exceptional.
“We pick ourselves up and look forward to next week.
“I would like to thank our supporters who made up half of the attendance, they were great.”
Don Noble Betting Men Of The Match: Josh Thompson/Paul Jones and Scott Drury.
Louth Squad: Josh Thompson, Scott Drury, Liam Stainton, Andrew Appleby, Tom Summers, Sam McSpadden, Paul Jones, Lee Croft, Gary Nimmo, Jamie Coulson, Matthew Buck.
The next Louth Town match will take place on Saturday, April 5 at home from 3pm when they face AFC Emley.