Louth Town Reserves 0 Cleethorpes Town 2
LOUTH Town Reserves returned to league action after last week’s comfortable win at home to Sleaford Town. With Louth having not won an away game this season manager Carl Wall was determined to return home with a long overdue three points.
It was not just one way at the start and the home side’s Matthew Coleman had to be alert to divert a through ball that was looking for Kieran Gilberthorpe.
The ball broke free and a quick break involving Bobby Lewsam and Luke Neul saw Melin set free once again but as he looked to shoot Louth defender Danny Stevens fouled him just outside the area. After this challenge the referee called Louth skipper Craig Dalton across and then surprised everybody by letting Cleethorpes player Renzie Lobenham take the free kick and make it 1-0 to the home side.
The Louth players and especially manager Carl Wall were incensed by this decision and couldn’t believe the goal was allowed to stand.
Louth responded briefly and Jamie Coulson headed over after a cross from Gilberthorpe inside the area, but the visitors could not get control of the game, the returning Mark Hallam and Alistair Smith did not seem to get into the flow of the game to start but did settle as the game wore on.
Cleethorpes continued to press and Melin was fouled once again, this time by Craig Dalton who was booked for the challenge, Louth were looking for a way back into the game and a cross from deep by Stuart Leafe saw Cleethorpes keeper Miles Fenty produce a double save to deny Coulson.
Another neat move from the back unlocked the Louth defence again, this time some poor defending let in Cleethorpes to make it 2-0, Louth were still dazed by this and Cleethorpes struck the upright after a slip from Nick Manders.
Even though Louth were losing at the break and Cleethorpes did deserve the lead Louth did have chances that could have changed the match.
“We still need to improve our away form to get the season going, let’s hope we bounce back next week with a home win against in form Skegness Town,” said a disappointed Carl Wall.
The match against Skegness Town at Park Avenue on Saturday will kick off at 2pm. With the first team not in action it is hoped for a bigger than average crowd to cheer on the reserves.