A hat-trick by Daniel Durkin inspired Ruston Sports to an emphatic 7-1 win over Louth Town Reserves.
Many of Town’s key players were missing including Cameron Robertson, Chris Ella, Jordan Walden and Ryan Johnson. Craig Dalton only had 11 of his players available and some of them were playing out of position in a patched up side.
Ruston broke the deadlock early on when Durkin headed in the first of his hat-trick, but Town equalized almost immediately when Adam Coddington was fouled in the box by Stuart Ward. Coddington picked himself back up to take the penalty and sent Kevin Wright the wrong way.
Town improved after equalizing and nearly took the lead with what would have been a brilliant individual goal. Danny Marshall cut inside from the right, dribbled a long way forward and was unlucky to hit the right post from 25-yards.
Things went pear shaped for Town as they conceded three times towards the end of the first half and found themselves 4-1 down at half time. Gavin Mackie fired in a low cross by Durkin and just three minutes later Joe Smith bundled the ball in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
David Coyde struck the outside of the right post before Town conceded again on the stroke of half time. On that occasion Smith went from scorer to provider by crossing to Josh Barker, who headed into the top left corner.
Ruston Sports began the second half brightly and didn’t take long to extend their lead through Durkin. The impressive striker connected with Coyde’s cross and scored with a looping header.
Durkin completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute with his third and Ruston’s sixth goal of the afternoon. He got to a loose ball ahead of goalkeeper Alex Hay and rounded him for a tap in.
Soon afterwards Coyde added a seventh goal to complete an afternoon of misery for Town.
Ruston could have netted even more goals afterwards as Barker, Mackie and James Stokes all came close.
Ruston were outstanding and worthy winners on the day. Town, on the other hand, really struggled despite their best efforts.
Craig Dalton was not satisfied. He said: “We had a different starting 11 and players were playing different roles for the fourth game running. We were up against a very good Ruston Sports team too.
“That said, we would have struggled against any side as we were never at the races, paid them too much respect and didn’t compete. Hopefully that’s out poor performance out of the way and we can forget about it and move on.”
Town are next in action on Saturday, September 13, away to Horncastle Town in the Lincs League (3pm).