New signing Jonathan Walton became the instant hero as his brace gave Louth Town their first win since November 24 against Albion Sports.
Saturday’s match at Park Avenue had everything, and Town looked eager to start well against the division’s current form side. The opening play was unspectacular though, only winger Elliott Broughton created any real openings for the home team and Albion looked dangerous on the break.
On 37 minutes Walton was brought on for the injured Mike Armstrong. By half-time, Broughton, Goodhand, Manders and Walton had all nearly scored but the score remained goalless until the hour mark when Walton struck his first for the club.
Two minutes later though, Albion’s Alex Cusack scored the equaliser direct from a free kick.
Chances to score were coming thick and fast and in the 73rd minute mark Walton worked his magic again, scoring Louth’s winning goal and earning himself the man-of-the-match award in the process.
Albion were desperate for an equaliser and despite goalscorer Cusack’s red card on 84 minutes, pushed until the final whistle.
But Town held on for the three points, a win made particularly special as the match was dedicated to fan Barry Brown who sadly died in a crash near Louth in early December. A presentation was made to Barry’s son on the pitch before kick off and the final score would have given Barry a smile.
White Wolves boss Daryl Clare was full of praise for his side, who he believes are still in with a strong chance of staying the course for promotion.
“We are playing better, with more togetherness. I am really pleased with that and is it a great start to the new year,” he said.
“This was a really good result for us and we can move on from here. We are playing all the top teams in the next few weeks but this shows what we can do when we work at it.
“I am also thrilled with our goalkeeper Ian MacTaggert who has been playing with an injury for ten weeks. He is phenomenal and deserves his applause.”
Town visit Pontefract Collieries on Saturday (3pm).