‘We beat them fair and square’ - Clare delighted as Louth Town book semi-final spot

Town's Nick Manders.
Town's Nick Manders.

Louth Town manager Daryl Clare dedicated his side’s 2-0 League Cup quarter-final victory over Staveley Miners Welfare to founder member Kerry Coggle who died last week.

Matt Kennedy’s 25th goal of the season followed by an Andy Willoughby strike five minutes later secured a classic cup upset against Staveley, who sit in the division above the White Wolves.

After fans took part in a lap of the pitch in memory of Kerry, Town ran out convincing winners, delighting Daryl Clare.

“We beat them fair and square,” he said afterwards.

“I am really starting to feel all the hard work we have put in is beginning to work.

“We had an excellent first half and the second half we hung on to our efforts. It was a really good team performance.

“All the players dedicate their win to Kerry who will be greatly missed by us all.”

Despite the visiting side being, on paper, stronger opposition, it was the White Wolves who were the most attacking and throughout the game they had the majority of the play.

An early burst of excitement came when Town’s Elliot Broughton took on several defenders and crossed to Andy Willoughby whose shot just went wide.

The White Wolves were constantly on the ball and everyone on the team were working well from the defence to the attack and it was in the 28th minute when their work paid off when Matt Kennedy lobbed the goalkeeper to open the scoring.

If Louth Town had been playing well before then they were playing excellent after that first goal and every shot was at Staveley`s goal.

It was only five minutes later, in the 33rd minute, when Louth netted a second through Andy Willoughby who shot through a melee of defenders.

After half-time, Dan Pawson was brought on in replacement of Paul Goodhand, both of whom played well and Staveley put on Hawley for Lindley.

Once again it was the White Wolves who were on the attack and they proved to be the better side throughout the match. Andy Willoughby was shown yellow after a foul but several minutes later Staveley`s Hawley was also carded for fouling Stuart Leafe.

Several minutes later Andrew Willoughby made a fantastic run only to be fouled outside the box. Although the away side did try to make a comeback, they stood no chance with goalkeeper Ian MacTaggert in top form.

Mid-way through the second half Staveley`s Smith was shown a second yellow and shortly after that Town’s goalscorer Andy Willoughby was also given his marching orders, and a second yellow, for what appeared to be the slightest of fouls.

With both teams now reduced to ten men Town kept the upper-hand. In a last attempt, Staveley put on Watters in replacement for Middleton, but it was to no avail as Town booked a semi-final spot.

Man of the match was Town’s Nick Manders who played exceptionally well but all the players dedicated the win to Kerry who will be greatly missed by all.

Town will look to take that cup form into the league when they visit Eccleshill United on Saturday (3pm).