Tough game for Louth Town

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Toolstation Northern Counties East League – Division 1: Louth Town 2, Rossington 0

On a good playing surface and with a strong wind gusting across the pitch Louth adapted the quickest, but failed to convert early chances to put the pressure on their hosts.

Tony Edwards was a constant threat with his work rate but shot meekly when well placed.

It was then Joe Gayle’s trickery that opened up Rossington but again failed to trouble the keeper with a week effort. At the other end when it looked like Louth were going to be caught the impressive Tom Summers made a great last ditch tackle.

James archer and Paul Coulam were controlling the midfield allowing Lee Croft to support Edwards. First the two combined but Croft’s shot went narrowly wide.

Then in another attack Croft looked certain to score but the Rossington defender got a foot in to prevent the chance.

Robbie Bryant then picked up a booking for kicking the ball away after the referee again frustrated the visitors with decisions that confused both sides.

The half ended with Louth on top but failing to put the ball in the back of the net.

The second half started as the first ended with Louth on top. Croft and Bryant combined well but Bryant shot wide when Croft was well placed. Then Bryant had a drive blocked for a corner.

On the times Rossington tried to threaten Harrison, Summers, Appleby and Leafe stayed solid and never looked like being breached.

Joe Gayle’s corners were causing chaos in the home defence, but again chances went begging.

Ten minutes from time the game changed on another refereeing decision as Robbie Bryant was given a second yellow for attempting to block a clearance.

Louth were still looking comfortable when in the 88th minute Rossington were awarded a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box and the prolific Lee Holmes stepped up to put the home side one up.

Chris Ella replaced jack Harrison and Michael Twigge replaced Stuart Leafe but Rossington sealed the game when a poor back pass was intercepted and they made certain of the three points.

It was tough on a Louth side that controlled the game for 85 per cent of the time and should have claimed three points on chances. But the failure to convert them keeps them bottom of the table.

Don Noble Betting Man of the Match: Tom Summers.

On Saturday, February 8 Louth play Yorkshire Amateur, kick off 3pm.

Manager Paul Walden said: “Football can really kick you in the teeth when you are struggling. Ben Smith had a really quiet day in goal and when they scored with the free kick in 88th minute to go one up it was hard to take.

“We had a dozen decent chances to put the game to bed but couldn’t finish. On another day we could have comfortably won 3-0 but it wasn’t to be but the performance was there and that elusive win I feel is just around the corner.”

Louth Squad: Ben Smith, Jack Harrison, Stuart Leafe, Tom Summers, Andrew Appleby, James Archer, Robbie Bryant, Paul Coulam, Tony Edwards, Lee Croft, Joe Gayle.

Subs: Chris Ella, Michael Twigge and Michael Armstrong.