Deserved points for diminished town

Criag Lill EMN-141116-191837001
Criag Lill EMN-141116-191837001

Teversal 3-5 Louth Town

(Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division 1)

Louth town travelled to Teversal on Saturday with eight key players unavailable including five defenders.

Frazier Chapman came in at right back and the returning Craig Lill came in at centre half to partner Callum Hyland who had to drop into the back four. Jamie Shaw made only his second start and Lee Croft was rushed back from injury.

The game started at a good pace and Louth pressed from the off and soon controlled the game, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring against the run of play with a clinical finish by David Cockerill from outside the box.

The response was almost instant as the impressive Greg Andrews was upended in the box and Matty Kennedy smashed home the spot kick to notch his first goal since his return to the club.

The character the visitors were showing was top draw and when they won a corner on the left Kennedy’s delivery was perfect for Craig Lill to rise above everyone to power home his bullet header.

Soon after, Frazer Chapman had to be replaced by Matty Buck with skipper Steve Norton becoming a make shift full back, but Louth still continued to press with the home side trying to counter as Scott Drury was a virtual spectator for the rest of the half.

The game restarted as the first half finished with Louth on top. The ball fell to Greg Andrews about 30-yards out and he unleashed a drive worthy of winning any goal of the season to claim his first for the club.

The visitors were still pressing and Kennedy made it four with a sweetly struck free kick. Then Teversal found a way back into the game with a quick corner with a good finish at the far post. Then Drury conceded a penalty from which he made a superb save, but Teversal’s Cockerill reacted quickest to the rebound to make it 3-4.

Jamie Shaw was instrumental in the middle of the park and he helped steady the ship and late on Kennedy’s shot was parried by the ‘keeper but Coulson smashed home the rebound for a well deserved three points.

Louth are back in action on Saturday, November 22, at home to Penistone Church, kick off 2pm.