FOOTBALL: Louth go top with convincing win over Rangers

Louth Town went top after their 4-1 win on Saturday EMN-140826-145252001
Louth Town went top after their 4-1 win on Saturday EMN-140826-145252001

Louth Town put in a convincing performance on Saturday as they beat Hall Road Rangers 4-1 to put them on top of the Toolstation Northern Counties League Division 1.

With a relatively slow start by Louth it looked like we were in for a tough match. Hall Road can be a hard side to beat and were up for it until the 21st minute.

A long through ball found Coulson on the left, a neat pass to the heavily marked Norton saw him instantly pass back to Coulson for him to hammer home. Fast, clean, clinical, great movement and finishing. Hall Road countered, but Scott Drury was secure in the Louth goal pulling of two successive saves.

Craig Lill was subbed midway through the half with an ankle injury. A few chances went begging as Coulson shot wide and Greg Andrews long range shot went over. Town’s second came from Lee Croft and soon after Coulson lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box. Two superb efforts to finish off the half.

Soon after the restart Louth gave away a penalty which Hall Road’s O’Connell netted. This gave them added impetus but the White Wolves defence handled everything with complete competence.

The industrious Norton an Coulson came close again, but the final goal came after Frazer Chapman was felled in the area. Danny Stevens stepped up to the mark and made no mistake.

Manager Paul Walden said: “The difference in our game today was purely finishing. Yes, the link up play with Coulson, Norton and Croft was first class, but our finishing was clinical.

“We were carrying a couple of injuries and had a few unavailable again but it was a good three points. I thought Greg Andrews was superb and he has settled in really well. Hall Road certainly started better than us but as soon as we got the first I couldn’t see them coming back at us.”

At Park Avenue on Wednesday August 27th at 6.15pm the East Lincs Combination ‘Village Trophy’ final will be held. Admission is free to watch two great local sides AFC Holton Le Clay v North Somercotes.

Louth’s next game is at home against Bottesford Town on Saturday August 30, kick off at 3pm.