Match Report by Mica Bale on behalf of Louth Town FC
Northern Counties East League Division One
Louth Town 5 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 1
A fantastic 5-1 victory for Louth Town once again! The only down side was for the away team`s goalkeeper, Dale Walston, who fractured his skull with a bad hit to the head in the 3rd minute. Louth Town really proved their skills with a non-stop performance, making sure all 100 in attendance never had a dull moment.
The away side made good use of their first touch to the ball because Hemsworth scored their only goal in the very first minute, Varley heading home from the early corner. Louth then scored just under a minute later with a faboulous goal by Matt Kennedy who was supplied with a great ball from man-of-the-match Elliott Broughton.
Broughton was a late choice to start the match as Andy Appleby sustained a muscle injury during the warm-up. Hemsworth`s goalkeeper, Dale Walston, got a crack to the head attempting to prevent Louth’s equaliser.
After being unconcious for some minutes and receiving extensive treatment on the pitch he was taken to hospital and everyone at Louth as well as Hemsworth wishes him a quick return and are looking forward to seeing him back safe.
Hemsworth`s Philip Lindley stepped up to take the goalkeeper`s job and Neil Pickersgill was put on.
After nearly fifteen minutes of getting cold both teams were eager to get started again. Louth enjoyed the most of the play and ran Hemsworth ragged. In the 33rd minute the home side’s Stuart Leafe was given an unwelcome yellow card because of a light foul.
The 38th minute marked the time when Broughton scored his first, well-earned goal. Several minutes later, in the 42nd minute Andy Willoughby scored after Nick Manders provided. A few minutes later Manders received a yellow card.
After halftime, in the 46th minute, Jack Wightwick put in a fantastic shot which looked like it was going in but, frustratingly, the ball hit the woodwork and although it couldn`t have been more deserved, no goal was scored. Two minutes later Hemsworth`s Callum Green was given a yellow card. Hemsworth tried in earnest to score a goal but Louth`s defence was as strong as ever.
Louth also pressured for another goal but for them it did happen. In the 59th minute Elliott Broughton scored his second and Louth`s fourth goal.
On the 62nd minute mark, Andy Willoughby was replaced by Chris Ella. A few minutes later Hemsworth`s Neil Towler was given a yellow card.
The next minute, Matt Kennedy scored his second goal and made the score a pleasing 5-1.
Afterwards Matt Kennedy said he entirely dedicated his two goals to his late grandfather who had died the previous night and to whom he was extremely close.
Hemsworth received a penalty in the 69th minute which Ian MacTaggart saved handsomely. Hemsworth put on Darcy Pugh in replacement of Neil Pickersgill in hope of putting some pressure on Louth.
Robert McSpadden was put on in replacement of Jack Wightwick in the 75th minute and several minutes later Rocky Rawlings was put on to replace Elliott Broughton. Both joined in on putting continous pressure on the away side. Late in the game Danny Stevens was also shown a yellow card but the match ended in celebration for Louth’s players and, of course, the spectators.
After the game, manager Daryl Clare said: “Our defensive shape was excellent from front to back. On top of that we are finishing much better. We are, as a whole team, getting better every match. We are making sure our last touch is good too. The spirit in the dressing room is great and
we have some momentum now and which we want to take into our next game away to Emley. I nearly put myself on to start today but decided to go on the bench instead. I am glad to say I wasn’t needed.”
Brackenborough Hotel Man of the Match: Elliot Broughton.
Louth Town: MacTaggart; Leafe, Manders, Martin, Stevens, Hyland, Broughton, Dan Pawson, Willoughby, Kennedy, Wightwick. Subs: Ella, Rawlings, Clare, McSpadden.
Louth Town would like to thank Match Sponsors Accident Repair Centre of Louth and Lincsprint for sponsorship of the match ball.
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