Louth Town FC faced a difficult match against league newcomers Penistone Church at the weekend who were flying high on the back of an eight match unbeaten run.
However, the White Wolves were more than a match for the Yorkshire team. Attacking from the off, Craig Lill was posing a threat and took a great free kick from wide on the left, only to see Walden’s header go over.
The pressure soon paid off for Town when a Penistone defender headed back to his ‘keeper. The ball was intercepted by Louth and played back to Andrews who fired in from 20-yards.
After a few moments tension whilst the referee consulted the linesman over his raised flag, it was judged a goal much to the delight of the home supporters.
Louth’s next chance of the half was when Hyland played a pass out to Kennedy. The cross was nearly perfect only for the advancing Hyland to miss by inches.
Never letting the visitors settle, Penistone were forced into many rushed clearances and it was only late on in the half that they proved a threat. Two successive corners and a free kick were well defended by Louth’s defence.
The nonstop action continued after the break, with a much improved Penistone giving the Louth defence some major work to do, but credit to the boys, they held firm with Drury pulling off some show stopping saves.
The one goal lead was now seeming very tenuous. A Kennedy free kick was just headed wide by captain Carl Martin and Louth were left wondering if the great display of teamwork would be enough to carry home the thee points.
That was until a great solo effort by Craig Lill. Breaking down the wing he took on two defenders, beating them with skill. Shooting from a narrow angle the Penistone ‘keeper was well beaten.
Under sometimes extreme pressure this was a fantastic team performance with the added bonus of two fine goals and saves.
Manager Paul Walden said: “That was a real gutsy performance and at times we had to really dig in.
“Scott was outstanding and deserved his clean sheet and our work ethic was top draw.
“Penistone came on the back of an eight game unbeaten run and are the best side I’ve seen so far this season so it was a massive three points.”
Wednesday night sees Louth travel to Pontefract Colleries in the league for a 7.45pm kick off, followed on Saturday by an away fixture at Dronfield Town.