LOUTH Town manager Daryl Clare hailed the defensive qualities of his side after they picked up a valuable away point at Worsborough Bridge Athletic on Saturday.
An early header from Callum Hyland was cancelled out by Adam Podmore’s second half strike, but it was enough for the White Wolves to reclaim second place.
Kicking off up a steep slope, Town started the stronger and went ahead with just eight minutes on the clock when defender Hyland rose highest to nod home from an inviting Jack Whitewick cross.
Louth continued to have the better of the half with a Rawlings shot tipped over the bar and Kennedy shooting just wide.
With half an hour played Elliott Broughton, just back from injury, had a recurrence of his groin strain and was replaced by Ash Perkins white at the other end ‘keeper Ian McTaggert was pulling off some great saves
At the end of the first half Paul Goodhand was unlucky with a header, whilst McSpadden’s looping 25 yarder dropped just over.
The restart saw Mike Armstrong replace the injured Carl Moncaster for the visitors as Worsborough started strongly with three corners in quick succession, but Town’s defence stood firm.
Worsborough made a substitution that was to spoil Town’s party by bringing on Adam Podmore for Scott Turner. Podmore rose above everyone else to head home a perfectly placed corner kick in the 67th minute.
Louth had one last ace to play in the form of manager Daryl Clare who entered the fray in the 72nd minute and his old goalscoring touch saw him net twice only to see them ruled out for offside and then an infringement on the goalkeeper.
Afterwards Clare said: “It was an excellent defensive performance by the team. We held our shape with intelligence, containing an awkward side with presence in attack.
“I am really pleased with our boys, especially the young players who have stepped up to the mark and with two key players possibly available next week thinsg are looking positive again with squad selection.
“I fully expect us to kick on again.”