Louth suffer Christmas hangover with Boxing Day defeat

Town hit back just after the break though when Matt Kennedy's controversial goal stood despite calls for an offside from the defenders.
Town hit back just after the break though when Matt Kennedy's controversial goal stood despite calls for an offside from the defenders.
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There was little Christmas cheer for Louth Town on Boxing Day as the White Wolves slipped to seventh in the table with a 2-1 defeat at Clipstone Welfare.

Town, hit by a number of injuries to first team players, fell behind when Steve Carty’s deflected strike wrongfooted Ian McTaggert, but equalised through top scorer Matt Kennedy.

The home side got what proved to be the winner two minutes later when Dominic Jones raced through to score.

December has been a month to forget for Daryl Clare’s men who, thanks to a poor run and postponed games, are without a win since November.

Even so, they made a lively start to their Boxing Day fixture, but the hosts grew into the game and almost scored when McTaggert saved well from a Jones header.

It was a real old fashioned game with the rain lashing down throughout and on 26 minutes Carty broke away to score the opener.

Town hit back just after the break though when Matt Kennedy’s controversial goal stood despite calls for an offside from the defenders. It was his 18th goal of a prolific season so far.

Town’s joy was short-lived though as Jones restored the lead, after good work from captain Steve Owens.

The run of three without a win has seen Town drop to seventh in the NCEL Division One, after leading the table earlier in the campaign.

However they still have games in hand on many of their rivals, and will be confident of returning to form when key men begin to return from injury.

The White Wolves are due to visit Bottesford Town on Saturday, with whom they shared a thrilling 3-3 draw at Park Avenue recently, in a bid to get their on-off promotion bid back on track.

Once again manager Daryl Clare will be without a number of first team regulars but knows Town cannot afford many more slip ups in the league.

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