Hallam 1 Louth Town 2
It was only a matter of time - something I had been saying since September, but tonight was the night that Louth Town took home the bacon and all three points.
Hallam’s ground is officially the oldest football ground in the World being built in 1860, thus making them the second oldest football club in the World to Sheffield FC.
But history meant nothing to the White Wolves as they all played their hearts out for the full 90 minutes.
The pitch is probably the one with the greatest slope in the league and as Hallam always seem to win the toss it was Louth who kicked off up the steep incline. Soon Croft was just off target with a shot into the side netting. Both sides were looking for openings, but Louth had the upper hand as Tony Edwards showed good ball control to pass to Coulam who’s shot went just over.
Town’s defence was playing well, Ben Smith pulled off a couple of good saves. It was good to see Tom Summers back as he went about his business confidently.
After 35 minutes Louth went a goal down when Liam Morris tapped the ball home in a goalmouth melee. Hallam then had 3 successive corners, but the defence held firm. Coming up to the break Louth pushed hard for the equaliser, but left the field trailing.
Town really started to push after the break and got their reward with a superb goal by Lee Croft. Play developed down the left and as the ball fell to Lee on the edge of the box he fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
The second goal was good interchange between Croft and Edwards and squared to Frazer Chapman who beat the keeper for his first goal for the club. Chapman also came close later on with an excellent long range shot going just wide.
A win and a very good one, where every player and substitute played their part. I have never before seen the White Wolves so committed for the whole of the 90 minutes. They chased everything and never gave up - well done.
It was a pity so few supporters witnessed the match, but there was a group from Leeds University who came down to support Coulam - they were not disappointed. The only sad note of the evening was the sacking of Hallam’s manager shortly after full time.
Don Noble Betting Man of the Match: Frazer Chapman.
The Mananger said: “It was a great three points and fully deserved against a good young footballing side who had taken points off Bottesford and Cleethorpes in their last two games. It was a real work ethic performance with too many top performances to single anyone out. It has been coming in recent weeks but it has to continue as it’s not about performance at this stage of the season it’s about points but it has certainly given the boys a bit more belief that they can get out of this position.”
Louth squad: Ben Smith, Frazer Chapman, Andrew Appleby, Tom Summers, James Archer, Robert McSpadden, Paul Coulam, Tony Edwards, Lee Croft, Joe Gale. SUBS: Sam McSpadden, Alex Nichols.