FOOTBALL: Last minute penalty sees Louth Town through in FA Vase

Gregg Andrews was a key figure in Louth's FA Vase round win and was named man of the match.
Gregg Andrews was a key figure in Louth's FA Vase round win and was named man of the match.

Ten man Louth Town made it through to the next round of the FA Vase after Danny Stevens scored a penalty in the last minute of extra time.

Things looked bleak for the White Wolves when substitute Craig Lill was sent off just 60 seconds after coming on with more than 20 minutes of normal time still to play. Lill reacted badly after being fouled and put his face into that of opponent Keaton Towers, leaving the referee little option but to brandish the red card.

Louth’s players showed real grit, desire and determination though and were rewarded for their efforts in the last few seconds when Aylestone defender Mark Warren was penalised for handball. Stevens kept his cool to fire past goalkeeper Oscar Webb and send the Louth fans home happy.

After a scrappy opening the home side almost scored a wonder goal on 15 minutes when Steve Norton’s lob from 20-yards beat Webb, but bounced back off the crossbar before the follow up shot by Greg Andrews was comfortably saved.

At the opposite end, the visitors from Leicester looked to have pace in abundance and squandered chances to open the scoring through both Ryan Calver and Lamar Parkes, both men being denied by good saves from Louth goalkeeper Scott Drury.

It was the home side who did open the scoring though after 34 minutes when a great run and cross by Norton was prodded home from close range off his knee by Jamie Coulson.

Aylestone Park always looked dangerous and deservedly equalised two minutes before half time when striker Carlton Beardsmore took the ball around Drury before calmly lobbing the ball over Carl Martin and into the net.

The second half and extra time proved a feisty affair and just as the game looked to be heading for a replay up stepped Stevens to send the home side through to a second qualifying round match at home to Gedling Miners Welfare.