Louth Town Ladies 4 Appleby Frodingham 1
LOUTH Town Ladies played their last game of the season on Sunday when they met Appleby Frodingham at Lincoln United’s home ground in Ashby Avenue, Lincoln.
The previous league encounter between the two sides saw the Appleby Frodingham girls beat a depleted Louth side 4-1 which effectively ended the Louth girl’s chances of winning the league title.
On Sunday however the Louth girls had a full squad with every player fit for action in their first ever cup final.
Nerves were obvious as the Louth girls kicked off the game and withstood five minutes of intense pressure from the young Appleby Frodingham side. After 20 minutes though with play evenly balanced, the Scunthorpe girls pressed hard and their fast striker broke free from her marker and volleyed the ball past Rachel in the Louth Goal.
Further pressure followed as the Scunthorpe girls sensed a second goal was possible and only some great goalkeeping by Rachel kept the score at 1-0. The Louth girls battled away however and gradually chances began to fall to the girls. Toni McHamilton with ten minutes to go before half time found space outside the penalty box and drilled home a well struck hard and low shot past the Scunthorpe keeper to even the score line and it remained 1-1 at the half time interval.
In the second half, Louth seemed more positive and they began to mount more frequent attacks down the left wing, with Jo Perkins working hard to get the ball across to Toni.
A throw in near the corner flag was flicked on to Nik Charlton who controlled the ball superbly and then turned and volleyed it, giving the Appleby Frodingham keeper no chance to take the lead at 2-1.
Louth again pressurised the Scunthorpe girls and the Louth girls were awarded a free kick near the touch line, well outside the penalty box. Toni McHamilton struck a hard lofted kick which was inch perfect, beating the Scunthorpe keeper and finding the top right hand corner of the goal from 30 yards. A brilliant effort!
The Appleby Frodingham girls again pushed forward, desperate to get back in the game but a quick switch of players on the right wing saw Nat Aird break free and run onto a great pass from Louise Smith. Nat spotted the Scunthorpe keeper off her line and struck a lofted shot which fell nicely into the back of the Appleby Frodingham goal to finish the score-line at 4-1.
The result was a tribute to great determination and belief displayed by the Louth girls who never sat back and accepted defeat was a possibility. The win capped an excellent season for the girls who have trained consistently hard, in all weathers throughout the year and have finally some silverware to take home to prove their dominance at this level.