Louth Town went down 4-1 at Grimsby Borough in the first Barry Brown memorial match on Friday, played in memory of a well-loved supporter of both clubs
Barry Brown lived in Louth and regularly watched both teams before he sadly died in a crash on the A16 near Louth in December.
It was an enjoyable game of football that was played for a great cause. Borough won 4-1 in the end thanks to three late goals.
Borough missed a chance from the spot after Mark Sawyer conceded an early penalty kick. Andy Taylor stepped up and struck the base of the right post.
Danny Stevens got in the way of Luke Fanthorpe’s powerful drive for Borough and Luke Burton did well to block the rebound.
The hosts continued to look threatening and Fanthorpe’s corner from the left was headed wide of the near post by Marco Magalhaes.
Sam Hallett broke the deadlock on 40 minutes. Daryl Clare swung in a cross from the left and Hallett rose highest to head into the far corner.
However, the lead didn’t last long as Louis Grant raced clear to equalize on the stroke of half time.
Town began the second half brightly and came close when Danny Webb played a short corner to Clare whose cross was headed just over the bar by Hyland.
Soon afterwards substitute Danny Marshall played in Jamie Raynor who was thwarted by an excellent challenge from Kieran Wressell.
MacTaggert produced a couple of saves to deny Grant either side of a fantastic piece of defending by Stevens. John Waugh had been released down the right wing and cut inside to shoot when Stevens threw himself in the way to make a last ditch block.
Both teams had made many substitutions during the second half and things went pear shaped for Town in the final 12 minutes.
In the 78th minute Shahin headed home after good work by Grant on the left. A few minutes afterwards Karl Shackleton gave away a free kick in a dangerous position and Shahin scored from it thanks to a deflection off the wall.
In the 89th minute Grant rounded off the scoring with his second and Borough’s fourth goal of the evening.
Shahin picked out Grant with a pinpoint long ball from the right and his chip over MacTaggert nestled in the net.
At full time Kevin Brown presented Borough captain, Dave Unsworth, with the Barry Brown Memorial Shield.
Borough did a fine job of hosting the event and the occasion had gone well in every way.
Town’s next pre-season friendly is at home to Brigg Town on Wednesday 24th July (7:45 pm).