It was a family affair as Louth Town saw off Pontefract Collieries in the third round of the NCEL League Cup, with two sets of brothers playing in the same game for the White Wolves for the first time in the club’s history
Bobby and Sam McSpadden, and Dan and Dave Pawson played alongside eachother as three early goals earned Town a safe passage into the fourth round of the cup with a 3-2 victory at Park Avenue on Tuesday night.
Callum Hyland’s early opener before two strikes from Dan Pawson gave Town a third successive home win but two second half goals from the visitors made for a nervy finish.
The White Wolves were hungry and dangerous because it took as little as four minutes for Callum Hyland to head the ball into the net from Matt Kennedy’s corner taken.
And in the 13th minute that Dan Pawson scored Louth`s second goal and put even more pressure on the away side.
They tried to respond of course but Louth were in good form and so Pontefract’s efforts attempts were without any success. Then in the 21st minute, Daniel Pawson scored again to make his second and Louth`s third.
The White Wolves continued to provide all in attendance with an exciting match and a brilliant display of ball play.
They enjoyed the majority of the play and ran the away side ragged.
Just before half-time, Pontefract`s Gary Lumley was shown yellow for fouling Matt Kennedy just outside the box and the free-kick stirred some excitement for the crowds when it was close to going in.
The White Wolves came out after half-time ready to attack again.
Pontefract made an adjustment and Nathan Perks was put on for Steve Lyons at the start of the second half.
The White Wolves were eager for another goal but Pontefract managed to pull one back in the 62nd minute when McTaggert, saw the ball fly past him.
Dave Pawson came on in the 66th minute for Andy Appleby and a minute previous, Pontefract`s Craig Robinson was shown a yellow.
Man-of-the-Match Andy Willoughby put in a very good shot in the 75th minute and almost increased the scoreline.
Three minutes later, Bobby and Sam McSpadden were put on for Hyland and Kennedy, making it two sets of brothers playing for Louth in the same match, an extraordinary ‘first’.
It was in the 83rd minute that Pontefract`s Brenton Leister scored to make the score 3-2 to the White Wolves. Stuart Leafe came off in extra time with a blow to the head but Town held on for victory and earned their place in the hat for the fourth round of the cup.
Afterwards Manager Daryl Clare said: ”We have had a couple of close games with a similar outfit.
“Worsborough, whom we play on Saturday, have a good upfront side and it should be a game well worth the watching.
“Tonight’s performance was very good in the first half but no so good in the second half. We need to play at our best for the whole 90 minutes.
“We have the ability and the confidence but we need to keep going all the time.
“Nice to see some new players coming through, we are short of depth in some areas but we are still in the league cup and in a good table position as well.”
After another victory, the White Wolves are looking forward to their match against Worsborough Bridge on Saturday at Park Avenue (3pm).