THREE extra time goals denied Louth Town the chance of a good run in the first cup fixture of the season when they were beaten 4-1 last night at Lincoln Moorlands.
A four goal haul from home frontman Tom Garrick cancelled out Louth’s late equaliser to send the away side out of the cup.
The Northern Counties East League President’s Cup game was the season’s curtain raiser for the White Wolves after their opening game on Saturday was postponed. But any lingering rustiness didn’t show as they more than held their own for 110 minutes against a side a division above them.
Town began the game well and within eight minutes had a goal ruled out, Mark Fairburn was judged to be offside before his neat finish. Shortly after a well worked Louth corner gave Danny Kilmore a chance but his shot was sliced wide.
And the home side made the visitors pay for their early missed chances as they took the lead on 12 minutes, a Nathan Adams through ball gave Garrick his first of the night as he smashed the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty box.
On the half hour mark Lincoln came close again, ex-Louth player Steve Norton brilliantly denied by visitors ‘keeper Craig Wherry, who was called into action again just moments later as Garrick struck goalwards.
Kilmore then missed two quick chances for Louth, firstly cutting inside before his curling shot was tipped away by Moorlands stopper Leigh Herrick, he then was sent through one-on-one with Herrick who made another fine save.
The second half kicked off and it was Louth who this time started slowly, Norton’s lob went just over the bar but the visitors nearly hit back as Elliot Broughton’s shot was clawed away by Herrick.
The game became stretched and the lively Garrick flashed another shot wide, and Louth were looking dangerous on the break as the clocked ticked towards injury time.
Just as the game looked to be over Louth were given a lifeline when Broughton was hauled down in the box as the visitors pressed. Defender Danny Stevens was the calmest man in the ground as he struck his penalty into the bottom corner to send the game to extra time and it was nothing more than Town deserved.
Extra time swung this way and that, with both sides creating chances and looking threatening. But it was the home side who went back in front after an injury to Louth’s goalscorer Stevens, The remaining ten men of Louth couldn’t stop Garrick’s late treble as he netted a close range tap in before another strike from inside the box.
His fourth was the goal of the night as he worked his way through a crowded box to complete his haul and send the visitors out.
Despite the 4-1 defeat, Louth showed much encouragement for the season and will start their league campaign at home to Appleby Frodingham this Saturday. Kick off at Park Avenue is 3pm.
Supporters are also reminded that the team will be competing in the FA Cup for the first time in their history on Saturday, August 20 when they travel to play Gedling Miners Welfare in the extra preliminary round. The club have chartered a coach to the match and hope that as many supporters as possible will travel to support the team. Coach tickets are priced at £8 return and the bus will leave Park Avenue at 11.30am. Anyone wanting to book a place can either speak to club secretary Matt Jones at Saturday’s match or call him on 07891 965531.