LOUTH Town U14s found life difficult in their first game at a higher level in the MidLincs U14B league, slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Washingborough on Sunday.
Town romped to the championship last season, but with five changes in the starting line up the side looked ragged early on.
However the new look defence seemed to gel quite quickly and held onto the ball and passed with confidence.
Washingborough took the early advantage when Paul Page was allowed to turn in the 18 yard box and fire home a quality goal.
Louth Town welcomed the half time allowing a chance to get organised and regroup.
The second half kicked off much the same as the first, both teams looking a bit rusty from the summer break with chances going both ways.
The hosts capitalised with a free kick into the box when Elliot Hollamby was unmarked at the back post to slot home a scrappy goal. Just a few minutes later Washingborough’s Page put away his second when he converted a well taken corner.
Louth Town never gave up the fight though and continued to apply pressure escpecially down the left hand side with Jack Brumpton playing a simple ball to Marcus Collins who seemed to find two yards of space to send a 35yard curling shot into the corner.
Jack continued to work hard earning two free kicks both of which he sent into the box, but the home side parked the bus and defended their lead despite all the pressure.
The final whistle came and Louth Town face their first competitive defeat since February, despite playing some good football.