Louth Town’s assistant manager Carl Forman said the White Wolves had been beaten by ‘the best side we’ve seen this season’ as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Shirebrook Town on Saturday.
An early goal from Jack Barnett before strikes from Adam Burton and Carlos Forbes 70 earned the second placed visitors the points at Park Avenue.
The White Wolves did start well though and Walton put in some good shots at Shirebrook`s goal.
MacTaggert too excellently saved several shots from Shirebrook`s attackers and was on form all the match.
Three new signings all made their debuts and proved to be worth their place oi the team. Ross Brown, from Louth Town Old Boys played well and earned his man-of-the-match award.
Despite Louth`s good play and some threatening runs, Shirebrook`s Mitchum Husbands claimed their first goal in the 21st minute despite the ball appearing to miss everyone and creep into the net.
That made the score 1-0 to the away team who started the match in third in the league.
Several minutes later, Stuart Leafe was given a yellow card for fouling Shirebrook`s Holland who then had to come off and was replaced by Ellis Wall.
Several times Louth`s dangerous runs nearly resulted in a goal but despite this the ball refused to enter Shirebrook`s net. In the 41st minute, Callum Hyland was given a yellow card.
Nick Manders did very well throughout the game and defended Louth`s goal well as well as adding some spirit to the attack. Just before half time, Shirebrook`s Burton scored their second goal with a header and made the score 2-0.
After half-time the White Wolves came out with the same enthusiasm as at the beginning of the match and as soon as the ball was in play they began to attack with more determination.
A goal looked promising. Louth enjoyed the majority of the play but the ball still wouldn`t go in Shirebrok`s net.
In the 70th minute, Shirebrook scored and took the score to 3-0. Two minutes later, Hyland was shown a second yellow card and was then sent off.
Walton and Willoughby came off to be replaced by Armstrong and new recruit Frazer Findlay in the 75th minute.
Four minutes later Shirebrook put on Jordan for Walker.
Both teams made changes in the 85th minute and another new player Jack Potter came on to replace his manager while Shirebrook`s Hemsley came on for Burton.
Despite a good performance from Town, they were undone three times and find themselves 9th, 12 points off the top of the NCEL Division One table.
“Shirebrook are the best side we`ve played this season, a far different side from the one we beat on their ground in September, but we matched them in hard work and effort,” said Forman.
“The match has also given some confidence to the new young players, “ he added.
“There were three of them and they all acquitted themselves well.”
Town are due to visit Bottesford tonight on Wednesday before they visit local rivals Cleethorpes Town on Saturday (12.30pm early kickoff).