Baris Northern Counties East League Division One
Askern Villa 3 Louth Town 1
Match report by Mica Bale
MANAGER Daryl Clare had warned his players after the White Wolves went to the top of the table that future opponents would raise their standard to beat them - he was right!
A depleted Louth Town side found themselves under attack immediately the game started away to Askern Villa on Wednesday night. Within two minutes Louth were left wondering what hit them as they found themselves a goal down. A defensive error allowed Villa`s Gary Munby to score the first goal and ruin the visitors’ game plan.
Louth, not liking their top-of-their-table position being put in the slightest jeopardy, fought for control and made some promising runs. Despite periods of pressure in which the White Wolves created three or four great chances the game was pretty drab and there were no more goals before half time.
The second half continued in much the same manner. Manager Clare tried to make improvements and brought on David Pawson for Daniel Pawson in the 53rd minute.
Ten minutes later there was another change when Paul Coulam replaced Michael Armstrong but Louth still looked tired and below par.
In the 72nd minute the Louth defence was caught flat-footed as energetic Jay Rollins sprinted through and made the score a deflating 2-0 with a low shot. Hoping to add some extra vitality, Clare used his third substitute and brought on Robert McSpadden for Daniel Stevens.
Hopes were raised in the 88th minute as Andrew Willoughby pulled one back for Louth but Askern had the final say when Gary Munby made the score 3-1 moments before the final whistle was blown.
Yellow cards were shown to Louth`s Daniel Pawson, Michael Armstrong andAndrew Willoughby in a match that is best forgotten.
Disappointed Daryl Clare commented: “I’m not sure being on top suited us. We got complacent, almost arrogant and ill-disciplined. We were well beaten and need to step back and regroup for the next fixture. The effort is always there and all in all it has been a tremendous start to the season. We just need to stay grounded and stick together.”
Brackenborough Hotel Man of the Match: Andy Willoughby.
Louth Town: MacTaggart; Leafe, Armstrong Martin, Stevens, Hyland, Daniel Pawson, Goodhand, Willoughby, Kilmore, Wightwick. Subs: Coulam, McSpadden, David Pawson, Clare.
Forthcoming fixtures: Sat. Sept 29 v Hallam (League) at Park Avenue. Kick off 3pm; Weds Oct 3 v Barton Town Old Boys (County Cup) at Park Avenue. Kick off 7.45pm; Sat Oct 6 v Worsborough Bridge Athletic (League) away. Kick off 3pm.