Louth Town produced a performance to remember as they thrashed Askern Villa 11-0 at Park Avenue on Saturday, their sixth win in a row.
Midfielder Paul Goodhand’s superb hat-trick topped off a brilliant performance against the NCEL Division One’s bottom side and saw Daryl Clare’s men boost their hopes of a top five finish.
It was the perfect preparation to Thursday’s League Cup semi-final visit to Nostell Miners Welfare where Town will hope to book their place in the final as they bid for cup glory.
It took as little as nine minutes for White Wolves manager Daryl Clare to set the example with a perfect pass to Matt Kennedy who then superbly played in Goodhand who netted the opener.
A minute later Andy Willoughby struck his 10th of the season before Rick Peck headed in a third with just 14 minutes played.
Goodhand struck a penalty when Kennedy was hauled down before Callum Hyland hit a fifth before half-time.
In the 56th minute Goodhand completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after a handball, his 13th of the season before Willoughby made it 7-0 with an impressive finish.
Danny Stevens made it eight before Hyland added another and Fraser Findlay made it double figures.
In the 90th minute Stevens grabbed another to make it 11-0 and finish off an exhausted Askern side who have picked up just 23 points all season.
“All credit to them for keeping going and keeping trying right to the end. Askern Villa have nothing to be ashamed of, they put up a really gutsy performance and their young players deserve all praise for that,” said Town’s assistant manager Carl Forman.
“For us it was another excellent performance, what was really good was we didn’t switch off at any stage.
“Our concentration level was excellent and we showed a ruthless streak with good football in all departments. It was also encouraging that there were many other different scorers.
“We took the chances we made and deserved the result we got.
“We shall be going all out to win that and get into the cup final so for the two games we have midweek the full benefit of a squad will be in use.”
Town visit Eccleshill United tonight (Monday) before the League Cup semi-final clash on Thursday.