FOOTBALL: An away day to forget for depleted Louth Town FC

Manager Paul Walden
Manager Paul Walden

Saturday saw Louth Town travel to leaders AFC Emley full of confidence and with manager Paul Walden having 20 players to choose from.

But, the expectation of three points reduced before the squad even left Louth, with late withdrawals and players picking up injuries in the warm up meaning the White Wolves started the game with just 11 fit players and no outfield substitutes.

This caused a late change in formation and the day went from bad to worse when an innocuous ball in to the box was deflected into his own goal by Jordan Walden.

Ten minutes later it was two after a fantastic run by Craig Lill beating two. Emley broke with pace and when Leonard tried to weave his way into the box he went down under a challenge from Danny Stevens and gave Drury no chance from the spot.

Louth were struggling to find any rhythm with 
the change in formation 
not working.

It was game over in the 40th minute when Flynn went clean through with only Drury to beat, he drew the ‘ keeper out squared the ball to his left as Drury committed to the challenge and the ball was rolled into an empty net.

To everyone’s amazement the official disallowed the goal, gave a penalty and sent the unfortunate Drury off. Stevens went in goal for the penalty but Leonard again converted.

There was still time though for Louth to go down the other end and Lill’s shot took a slight deflection and looped into the net to give the visitors a bit of hope.

Half-time came and it was Walden who made way for young back up ‘keeper Robbie Aldrich.

As it transpired even though Louth created a few good chances Emley cruised to the three points with four further goals and just a consolation for Coulson in reply.