Louth suffered their first league defeat of the season on Saturday, August 30, at the hands of local rivals Bottesford Town.
Town expected it to be a tough fixture as under any circumstances Bottesford are a hard side to beat, but a below par White Wolves had a bad day at the office.
The pitch was in beautiful condition and a credit to all the volunteers who worked so hard during the week, but only one side took advantage of this.
It was only five minutes into the match when Bottesford shocked the home crowd. A relatively unmarked Barwick unleashed the ball from the edge of the 18. An unusual error in judgement saw Drury remain motionless as the ball sailed over his shoulder and into the net. It was then stalemate with both teams eager to score until Bottesford’s Start added a second.
This motivated the home side with Chapman making a fine run and back heeling to Norton and on to Greenwood, who just ran out of room before he could cross. Norton did net soon after, only for him to be ruled offside. The Louth forwards link up play was now showing, but to no avail as the break came.
Bottesford got their third and final goal shortly after half time and trying as hard as they could Louth could not break down their opponents.
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Manager Paul Waldensaid: “We never got going they started the better and we never picked up our game to the level expected.
“Yes the officials had an off day, the bookings were farcical, there wasn’t a bad challenge in the game, and yes we had seven players unavailable, but neither cost us the game.
“The 14 players that featured were good enough to beat an average Bottesford side, but we didn’t show up and that’s what cost us the game.”
SQUAD: Scott Drury, Liam Wright, Andy Appleby, Danny Stevens, Carl Martin, Frazer Chapman, Ben Greenwood, Greg Andrews, Lee Croft, Steve Norton, Bobby McSpadden. Subs: Matty Buck, Robbie Aldrich, Rocky Rawlings, Paul Coulam, Jamie Coulson.