Louth Town boss Daryl Clare admitted their crushing 5-1 defeat at Bottesford Town on Wednesday night was ‘a game too many’ for his side.
The White Wolves harboured hopes of moving up to 4th in the NCEL Division One table with a win, after nine successive victories.
It was Louth who took an early lead after just six minutes when Paul Goodhand perfectly struck a freekick to make it 1-0.
But a debatable penalty for Bottesford allowed the home side to level the score. Both teams battled on though and everyone in attendance, mostly Louth fans, watched an exciting game which surprisingly yielded no more goals before half-time.
Louth Town continued to play well but, despite the effort the White Wolves put in, Bottesford scored four more goals in the course of the second half.
Andy Appleby was put on for Nick Manders and Dan Pawson replaced Sam Hallett and Bobby McSpadden took over from Stuart Leafe to provide fresh legs as the game entered its final phase but a late collapse led to the final scoreline of 5-1 to the home side.
It was of course a disappointing result at the end of such an amazing run of league and cup matches by the White Wolves but now Louth look forward to playing local rivals Grimsby Borough on Saturday where they hope to get back their usual standards in front of a good crowd.
“It was a game too many,” said manager Daryl Clare.
“We just ran out of steam. In fairness we were fairly beaten by a good Bottesford side.
“Our long unbeaten run has been an amazing effort but now we must move on and have a good finish to the season, starting away with Grimsby Borough on Saturday.”