Toolstation Northern Counties East League – Division 1
Hemsworth Miners Welfare 2 Louth Town 1
The White Wolves failed to beat a side that are struggling. Make no mistake the three points were up for grabs and they should have walked away with them.
But a patchy performance allowed a hungry Hemsworth side to take the honours.
Up until the first Hemsworth goal Louth looked the better team, earning a few corners. But Lee Croft miss kicked and other chances were not taken Hemsworth’s first was a cracker of a goal.
Will Kemp was given too much space and time down the left, before he launched his powerful long range effort.
Efforts were made to level, Bryant’s attempted chip over the keeper sailed over and another of his efforts went wide. It was not until the 40th Louth equalised.
A Rawlings corner was played back to him by Bryant. Rocky’s second cross found the head of Croft for Hyland to scramble in.
The second half was a messy affair by both sides. Town had a couple of chances, Tom Summers headed over from an Archer cross and Crofts free kick was saved by the keeper.
But with Louth repeatedly failing to clear from defence it was only a matter of time before Hemsworth took the lead and that was just what they did in the 83rd.
Town did rally a little after that, but it was far too late.
Manager Paul Walden commented: “Apart from two or three players it was a totally lacklustre performance and we got what we deserved after 90 minutes.
“We asked the players to earn the right to beat sides like Hemsworth but the boys didn’t. They let me and Crush down badly and I’ve rarely said that about any side I have ever put out, but most of all they let each other down against a side that I feel we are better than.
“We bossed the first ten minutes of each half and missed glorious chances to kick us on that didn’t help but our work ethic was second rate and if we are to get off the bottom of the league then both those things have to improve from Saturday.”
Don Noble Betting Man of the Match: Callum Hyland.