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Louth Town fail to halt Worksop’s charge for the title

Matt Kennedy celebrates Town's equaliser against Worksop Parramore at Park Avenue on Saturday. Despite his joy, Town would go on to lose 5-2 to the title chasers.

Matt Kennedy celebrates Town's equaliser against Worksop Parramore at Park Avenue on Saturday. Despite his joy, Town would go on to lose 5-2 to the title chasers.

TITLE chasing Worksop Parramore claimed all three points against Louth Town at Park Avenue on Saturday with a thumping 5-2 victory.

An early goal from Paul Staniforth for the visitors was cancelled out almost immediately by Matt Kennedy before further goals from Gavin Allott (2) and Lee Holmes. Steve Norton got a consolation for Town before Liam Morris wrapped up the win with a late fifth.

The visitors sat six points behind leaders Handsworth at kick off with a game in hand, and began on the front foot.

And they got off to a great start on ten minutes when Staniforth struck a low free kick past James McCallum in the Town goal after just ten minutes.

But almost immediately Town drew level, a passing move from kick off found Kennedy some space and the winger netted his fifth of the season to make to 1-1.

Worksop continued to create the better chances though and poured forward and on 21 minutes they were back in front. Lee Holmes’ shot was well saved but the rebound fell to Gavin Allott who rounded McCallum and slotted home.

Louth could only hold the visitors off for eight more minutes as a 30 yard rasper from Holmes flew past McCallum and into the corner to make it three.

Town began to press after the break and were the better team for long periods, but Worksop made it 4-1 on the hour mark when Allott rifled home his second of the game.

Despite being three behind the White Wolves pushed to get back into the game and were rewarded when Matt Kennedy’s dribbling run found Broughton whose shot was parried, but the ever reliable Steve Norton was waiting to net his 21st of the season.

The final 15 minutes saw more pressure from the home side, with Paul Walden throwing on Paul Coulam who almost bagged his first senior goal.

But the visitors showed why they are so high up the league and hit Town on the break when Morris fired home a loose ball to make it 5-2 at the death.

Handsworth’s defeat at third placed Glasshoughton Welfare means Worksop are right back in the title race and their fate could be decided by a final day showdown with Handsworth on April 28.

Meanwhile Town drop to 11th and can now only finish as high as 8th, they face Rossington Main at Park Avenue on the final day (April 28 - 3pm) where a win could boost hopes of entry into next season’s FA Cup.

 

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