Louth Town 2 Appleby Frodingham 0
Saturday saw Louth Town claim a needed three points in their quest to avoid relegation.
It was an emotional day for the White Wolves as it was also the first anniversary of the passing of its founder and chairman Kerry Coggle so the victory was also a fitting tribute to the man who worked so hard to bring a good standard of football to the people of Louth.
The first stages of the game were started really nervy by a Louth side who knew the importance of the game, but it was Appleby Frodingham who started the better with a couple of testing free kicks whipped into the area but were coped with by a solid defence. The game went through a really scrappy phase but the home nerves were eased shortly after. A trade mark Andy Appleby throw was met by the advancing Carl Martin and his header flew into the top corner.
Even though Scott Drury making his debut in goal was a virtual spectator Louth still couldn’t get a foot hold on the game but always looked in control and their lead was soon doubled. Jordan Smith whipped in a delightful dead ball and Lee Croft rose to head home.
Louth were definitely in the ascendancy but through work rate rather than quality.
The home side were forced into a substitution in the first half when Stuart Leafe pulled up and was replaced by Michael Twigge. The second half started much better for Louth and had their finishing been better could really have punished the visitors, but Jamie Coulson, Lee Croft and the impressive Jordan Smith all should have done better with well worked chances. Then it was Martins turn to be denied by the keeper diving to his left to keep out his goal bound header. It was always going to be a game that the three points were more important than the performance and that was the case but it was a deserved three points for the home side.
Don Noble Betting Man of the Match: Carl Martin.
Manager’s comments: “That one was for Kerry! We told the boys before the game, (a lot that didn’t know Cogs), the importance of the game not just our league position but what he was to the club and they didn’t let us down. On the football side it was never going to be a pretty game but the end product was there. I thought young Jordan Smith was outstanding at times but the difference was Carl Martin he stood out a mile and gave us the stability to get at the visitors and we were well worthy of the victory.”
Louth squad: Scott Drury, Stuart Leafe, Andrew Appleby, James Jordan Walden, Tom Summers, Carl Martin, Paul Jones, Jordan Smith, Jamie Coulson, Lee Croft, Robert McSpadden. SUBS: Sam McSpadden, Josh Thompson, Michael Twigge, Matthew Buck, Chris Ella.