‘Team spirit’ the key as Daryl Clare gives Louth Town four wins on the spin

Daryl Clare celebrates his 84th minute winner against Knaresborough with defender Richard Peck.
Daryl Clare celebrates his 84th minute winner against Knaresborough with defender Richard Peck.

Louth Town manager Daryl Clare came off the substitutes’ bench to nod home a late winner to secure a fourth straight league win over Knaresborough on Saturday.

The White Wolves boss, who has laced up his boots a number of times already this season, rolled back the years to net his third goal of the campaign in a topsy turvy game at Park Avenue.

Afterwards, he dedicated his winning header from Matt Kennedy’s free kick to Kerry Coggle, one of Town’s founder members who died last month.

A dogged effort from the White Wolves looked to be ending in a stalemate against the NCEL Division One’s fourth placed side who perhaps harboured promotion hopes of their own before the game.

Former Grimsby Town striker Clare threw himself into the breach on 64 minutes for the tiring Paul Goodhand, netting the winner 20 minutes later.

Man of the match was new signing Richard Peck, who again impressed with his performance at the back.

“What we have got is team spirit,” said assistant manager Carl Forman after the match.

“We carry that into the game. We stick together and we are also learning how to win games with spirit when the conditions are bad.

“We have a great problem in having so many good players to choose from.

“Our unbeaten run continues and we are really looking forward to Wednesday’s league match at Park Avenue against Worsbrough.”

Although hopes of reaching the upper echelons of the table have now faded, Town still sit nicely in ninth place in the table with eight league games still left to play.

With games in hand on the teams around them Clare’s men will be eager to try to emulate the sixth place they earned under Paul Walden in the 2010/11 campaign.

There is also the prospect of a one-legged League Cup semi-final at Nostell Miners Welfare on Thursday, April 18.

Fans can watch Town against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic on Wednesday (7.45pm) for the usual £4 for adults and £2 for children.