Louth Town go top with win at Yorkshire Amateur

LOUTH Town shot to the top of the league with a superb 3-0 win at a strong Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday, with manager Daryl Clare challenging his side to hang on to that top spot.

A brace from the excellent Paul Goodhand after Matt Kennedy’s eighth goal of a free-scoring season gave Town the points on the day.

Both sides were lively from the start but typically Louth looked the more dangerous and after 15 minutes Kennedy added to his tally with a well deserved goal for the visitors.

Louth were keen to build on their lead and their hard work paid off in the 37th minute when midfielder Goodhand was in the right place at the right time to make it 2-0.

The only downside to a fine first half came on 32 minutes when Nick Manders was taken off with a serious ear injury which needed hospital treatment and was replaced by Paul Coulam.

The second half started in the same lively manner, with Louth dominating the play. Within just two minutes of the restart, Paul Goodhand netted his second and Louth’s third goal.

That put the game beyond Yorkshire Amateur, but the game remained lively, much to the thrill of the spectators. Teenager Jack Wightwick came on for Paul Goodhand and there was a special cheer for manager Daryl Clare who made his debut as a White Wolves player when he replaced Elliott Broughton.

As the final whistle blew there was delight when news came through that Louth`s victory had put them top of the table.

Speaking after the game, manager Clare said: “It was an outstanding performance by every shirt, given what we have missing.

“The incoming players are full of desire to prove a point and it’s a great problem for me to have. Our next challenge being top of the league is to deal with the teams who raise their game 20 per cent to take scalps and we have to be ruthless against opposing teams.

“I am privileged to be the leader of this ship and this great set of lads!”

Second placed Athersley Recreation are in action on Tuesday night and may topple the White Wolves off top spot but Town visit Askern Villa on Wednesday night (7.45pm) before welcoming Hallam to Park Avenue on Saturday (3pm).