Lacklustre Louth still take full points

Louth captain Carl Martin and Manager Paul Walden are presented with the new kit by main sponsor Richard Wherry of Quora Developments Ltd

Louth captain Carl Martin and Manager Paul Walden are presented with the new kit by main sponsor Richard Wherry of Quora Developments Ltd

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Louth Town’s Carl Martin and Paul Walden received the new home strip from sponsor Richard Wherry of Quora Developments Ltd on Saturday.

Louth Town entertained neighbours Grimsby Borough. After the previous weeks performance away at Eccleshill expectations were high for a repeat performance, but it was not to be and to be fair, it was a lacklustre performance in front of a good crowd.

Grimsby Borough obviously came with the intention of trying to spoil the party and would have been content with a 0-0 draw, as they made it hard for the home side, keeping everybody behind the ball.

Louth dominated possession from the off and Craig Wherry, returning in goal, was a virtual spectator, but the home side struggled to make any clear cut chances. Ben Greenwood, making his debut, came closest to creating a chance when his whipped in cross eluded Lee Croft at the far post. Then it was Croft again after a well worked move who narrowly fired wide.

The one chance Borough almost had was when Craig Lill’s attempted back pass fell short, but Wherry was alert to smother the danger.

The second half saw the White Wolves up the tempo a little, but still struggle to find a way through Grimsby’s spoiling tactics.

But the long awaited breakthrough came on 52 minutes. The visitors only half cleared a quick throw-in and when the ball came back to Liam Wright he whipped a great ball to the far post where skipper Carl Martin rose to head back across goal to give Jamie Coulson the easiest of finishes.

The home crowd were hoping this would ignite Louth, but they still struggled to break the visitors down. Wright, Stevens and Lill never looked in any danger at the back and Greg Andrews kept prompting from midfield, but it finished without any further goals.

Manager Paul Walden said: “We were a little disappointed with the performance today as we never really got going but I would have took the result before the game.

“We had to make five changes to last week’s squad but that’s no excuse for the performance. On saying that, it’s still three points and another clean sheet.

“The squad is looking stronger with players returning to fitness and everyone will play their part throughout the season.”

Squad: Craig Wherry, Liam Wright, Craig Lill, Daniel Stevens, Carl Martin, Paul Coulam, Ben Greenwood, Greg Andrews, Jamie Coulson, Lee Croft, Rocky Rawlings, Tom Summers, Robert McSpadden, Matthew Buck and Craig Leverett.