Louth Town will be hoping 2013 will be their year as Daryl Clare bids to lead his young White Wolves side all the way to promotion.
Town are still well in the mix as far as the top teams are concerned, finding themselves in sixth place in the NCEL Division One table going into the festive period with games in hand on many of their rivals.
Former Grimsby Town striker Clare took the reins at Park Avenue in the summer after Paul Walden’s retirement, and has kept his early promise to fans with passing football and plenty of goals.
Town had an stuttering start to their campaign in August, drawing and losing their opening two games before four wins from five shot them up the table.
And Clare’s side found themselves at the table’s summit in September after more good form, and despite being ravaged by injuries to key players they have managed to stay in touch with the big guns.
Clare, the former football league striker, though officially retired has been forced to dust off his boots on more than one occasion, showing he still has that magic touch by netting against Knaresborough and Teversal.
2012 has been a mixed year for the White Wolves, Walden’s exit came as a shock but ultimately last season’s 12th placed finish was a disappointment for fans, and Daryl Clare’s arrival seemed to bring fresh impetus to the squad.
Matt Kennedy has been a prime example, the winger hit just five goals last season but this season has already hit 18 including an excellent hat-trick at Dinnington in October.
Town’s promotion bid relies heavily on the fitness of their key players, but their squad players have shown themselves to be more than capable of stepping up when called upon.
There are plenty of points to play for before Louth end their campaign at local rivals Grimsby Borough in April, but with a bit of luck they might just be celebrating promotion.
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