LOUTH Town made it nine defeats out of ten with a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Tuesday evening.
The wet and windy Lincolnshire Senior Cup fixture saw the visitors, a league higher than their hosts, score three first half goals and add a fourth in the second to complete a comfortable victory.
After impressing at the weekend in a substitute appearance, youngster Rocky Rawlings was given a starting berth and Danny Kilmore was recalled after a spell on the sidelines with injury.
The game began in a hurried fashion, with both sides pushing forward early on. Carrithers shot straight at Louth ‘keeper Wherry before Coulson shot wide at the other end.
As the opening minutes ticked by, Rawlings had a chance to show manager Paul Walden’s selection of him was the right one when put through on goal but he overran the ball allowing the goalkeeper to smother. And Coulson’s brave header moments later was cleared off the line by a retreating defender.
Then Town had appeals for a penalty turned down. The aptly named Adam Louth seemed to handle in the box but the referee waved away any calls for a spotkick.
And on 25 minutes the hosts were made to rue missed chances. A through ball from Forbes played in Butler who neatly found Garrick to slot the ball into the corner.
Louth almost responded instantly when Coulson shot wide but seconds later it was 2-0 with Harkin meeting a Butler cross perfectly to fire home.
With half-time approaching Louth were again hit by a moment of quality. The influential Butler picked the ball up on the centre and sprayed the ball over to Garrick who deftly lobbed the onrushing Wherry to earn his second and Lincoln’s third.
The White Wolves emerged from the break looking to immediately narrow the deficit and were again denied a penalty when Coulson went down in the box under a heavy challenge. The referee was again unmoved when met with penalty appeals, and Coulson went off injured as a result of the tackle.
In the second half neither side managed to keep any sort of possession and the game began to fizzle out. Despite this, Rawlings continued to plug away and found Sam Smith who fired over the bar.
Louth’s best effort of the half came from Smith who hit a powerful strike on goal which was parried away by the ‘keeper.
But with minutes left, the visitors wrapped up the tie on the break. The impressive Carrithers found some space 30 yards out, turned and slid in Butler who finished well to make it four.
As Louth’s dreadful form continues, manager Walden will be desperately looking for a victory against Albion Sport on Saturday at Park Avenue (3pm). See next week’s Leader for the full report.