FOOTBALL: Louth Town Reserves still looking for elusive first win

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Louth Town’s second string lost 2-0 at home to Market Rasen Town in the Supplementary Cup.

Goals either side of half time by Ian Williams and Paul Nicholson gave Market Rasen a 2-0 win. The game was even for long periods, but the visitors just about did enough to win by a couple of goals.

Town made a promising start with Chris Ella forcing Will Bradford into a save from distance. Minutes later Lance James latched onto Adam Coddington’s through ball and thought he’d opened the scoring only to see the flag up for offside.

After a promising start Town were unfortunate to lose Frazer Chapman to an ankle injury. The young midfielder limped off and was replaced by Mike Armstrong.

Trev Taylor came close for Market Rasen when he ran onto Joe Osborne’s through pass and fired inches wide from the edge of the box. At the other end Armstrong curled a free kick narrowly over the crossbar.

As the game continued to ebb and flow Market Rasen’s Ian Williams connected with a Paul Nicholson cross and his header was well blocked off the line by Bradley Coulam. Soon afterwards Williams was presented with another good chance and that time he did score.

Williams ran onto Guy Smith’s ball over the top and chipped the onrushing Robbie Aldrich to give Market Rasen the lead. Moments after the restart Smith intercepted a clearance by Aldrich and almost found the net from long range.

In the second half there was very little to speak of apart from a near miss by Market Rasen’s Jake Wade and the second goal. It came midway through the half when substitute Jason Hoar raced clear of the defence and unselfishly squared to Nicholson leaving him with a simple finish.

Town kept going until the final whistle in search of a consolation goal. However, Market Rasen kept it tight towards the end and managed to hang on for the victory.

Unfortunately Town’s second string have struggled since reforming at the start of the season. As long as they stick together and keep trying their hardest nobody can complain though.

Eddie Clark was satisfied despite the result. He said: “We played some nice football today, but just missed the finishing touch up front

“It was a tight game and could have gone either way. I was happy with the team performance.”

Town Reserves are next in action on Saturday, October 25 away to Skegness Town in the Lincs League, 3pm.