Kennedy winner beats Clipstone to keep Louth in hunt

Action from Louth V Clipstone.
Action from Louth V Clipstone.
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Louth Town came from behind to see off Clipstone Welfare on Saturday and keep up the pressure on the league leaders.

Town fell behind when Ricky Shortt scored a first half opener, but a three minute salvo from Nick Manders and Matt Kennedy gave the home side the points.

Rocky Rawlings battles for a loose ball in the 2-1 win over Clipstone.

Rocky Rawlings battles for a loose ball in the 2-1 win over Clipstone.

Town began well but fell behind when Shortt saw a volley well saved by Ian McTaggert, but slammed home the rebound.

After the break Manders latched onto a pinpoint pass from Kennedy finish well and make it 1-1 and took the lead on 67 minutes when Kennedy expertly finished a fine solo run for his 15th of the season.

Manager Daryl Clare threw on Jack Whitewick, fresh from trials with England Schoolboys, as Town ramped up the pressure in a bid to find a third.

But the game finished 2-1 and Town held on to third place.

“We seem to be a Jekyll and Hyde side at the moment,” said Clare.

There’s a problem in that we can`t name the same players in consecutive matchs. We need to be able to do that for consistency.

“There are a number of teams in the mix in the league at the moment but we’ll have a clearer picture after Christmas. Our job is simply to keep on winning.”

The game also saw a pitch invasion by a hedgehog, with Clare declaring it quicker than most of his forwards!

Town’s reserves side were beaten 6-4 in a thrilling game by Skegness Town on Tuesday before losing 3-1 at Gainsborough.