Penistone Church 3-0 Louth Town
Saturday saw Louth Town’s unbeaten run of 10 league games fall away at Penistone Church.
With 15 players unavailable it was always going to be tough but over the first 15 minutes the visitors had the upper hand.
On 10 minutes Jordan Smith broke free but his shot cannoned back off the post and when it fell to Lee Croft the ‘keeper saved well.
Ironically it was Smith who lost possession 10 minutes later and one long ball over the head of Andy Appleby found the Penistone forward who finished with aplomb.
Louth never really recovered and the home side doubled their lead with indecision in the Louth’s defence.
The second half started as the first ended with the home side causing Louth problems and without top scorer Jamie Coulson Louth really never looked like scoring.
The one time they did break through Jack Wightwick shot straight at the ‘keeper and from the resulting corner Penistone broke away and put the game to bed.
Manager Paul Walden said: “If we had scored first we probably would have gone on and won the game but after their opening goal you could see the boys drain.
“It’s been a hectic run in to the season and with only 11 outfield players available for kick off made it even tougher. I have to give credit to the lads though for this fantastic run they have been on and a win in our last game on Saturday would be fantastic.”
It was a poor performance from the visitors but what a run they had been on taking 25 from 27 points with a great brand of football, but they have the chance to finish the season on high on Saturday when they entertain Dronfield.
A win will guarantee a minimum sixth place finish that will bring the FA Cup competition back to Park Avenue, so it is still a huge game.
After Saturday’s final game of the season there will be a presentation evening at Park Avenue starting at 7pm. All our supporters and sponsors are most welcome to join us.