TWO contrasting wins over the bank holiday weekend saw Louth Town shoot up to fourth in the league and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Monday saw Town grind out a tough 1-0 win at home to Rossington Main, but Saturday’s dramatic 4-3 win over local rivals Grimsby Borough will take some forgetting.
The White Wolves welcomed Borough to Park Avenue after doing the double over them last season, and the drama began in the opening seconds when Jamie Coulson sent through Danny Kilmore who made it 1-0 to the hosts.
And just a minute later Coulson made it 2-0, with Grimsby quickly sinking in the torrential rain.
But the visitors rallied and pulled it back to 2-1 moments after Town had hit the woodwork with Shaun Baker firing home before another goal almost immediately afterwards from Jordan Ramsden made it 2-2.
In an amazing turnaround Borough went into the break in front as former Grimsby Town striker Andy Taylor superbly lobbed goalkeeper Liam Higton.
Town were rattled but pushed on, throwing on Andy Reeson and Paul Coulam to try and turn things round, with Borough holding firm.
But Daryl Clare’s men would not give in, and on 85 minutes they drew level when Coulson netted his second after a fine passing move.
And Coulson, a thorn in Grimsby’s side with a late winner last year, had the last say again when he brilliantly slotted home the winner in stoppage time to cue wild celebrations.
After the dramatic win, Town manager Daryl Clare said: “Today’s game was the reason we all love football, mixed emotions and a highly competitive game.
“I was impressed with Borough with their tidy football and fight off the ball. They will definitely be up there. They gave us the difficult game we expected. For me we just edged it on pure determination and spirit and my strikers delivered the goods late on.”
But Town weren’t finished there, and 48 hours later they hosted Rossington Main in the search for another three points.
An even game saw both sides go into the second half with the hope of nicking a goal, but the White Wolves broke the deadlock on 72 minutes when Danny Kilmore was hauled down by the goalkeeper after a dangerous run.
Matt Kennedy stepped up and scored from the spot to make it 1-0, a lead which Town held onto until the welcome final whistle.
Manager Daryl Clare admitted his side had struggled to victory. “I cannot only think that that is as poor as we will ever play again, given the high standards the players have set,” he said.
“It proves that if you don’t work hard you get nothing. The only positives are a clean sheet and three valuable points.”
But overall the new boss will be delighted with his side’s start to the season, time will tell if they can keep up their brilliant early form and stay with the league’s big guns.