FOOTBALL: Louth Town hit Eccleshill for six

Celebration time after Danny Stevens opened the score sheet with a penalty.
Celebration time after Danny Stevens opened the score sheet with a penalty.
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Division 1

Eccleshill United 0

Louth Town 6

For the first league match of the season Louth Town pulled out a great performance against Eccleshill United.

Traditionally, United are a hard team to beat, made up of predominately American scholarship players from the famous Richmond International Academy in Leeds.

But after only arriving in this country on the Monday they were no match for the well drilled White Wolves, so much so that they only managed one shot on target and played most of the game chasing the Louth players.

Town took to the pitch resplendent in their new Quora sponsored away kit of all orange and soon set about producing a comprehensive win.

After several early forays on United’s goal, Jordan Smith was brought down on the edge of the 18-yard box, the resulting penalty was clinically despatched by Danny Stevens.

Smith was soon again in action when he broke down the right and produced an inch perfect cross to the feet of Steve Norton, who gave the ‘keeper no chance with his low shot.

Maybe through frustration, but certainly warranted, the United’s Mills was given his marching orders and sent off for two dangerous tackles.

Again Smith put his mark on the game with a searing break down the right to slot in the third from 20-yards.

Just before half time Norton was substituted by Paul Coulam after suffering a dead leg in the box.

Total domination continued in the second period with Lee Croft netting two in quick succession. His first was a solo effort followed by his now famous double back somersault.

The second came from Rocky Rawlings working his way through a packed defence to give Crofty his chance.

Greg Andrews and Jamie Coulson were now rested as Bobby McSpadden and Matty Buck took the field. Town’s last and sixth goal came from a great shot by Buck.

Crofty nearly got his hat-trick, when surrounded by defenders he managed to loft a looping ball against the crossbar. A disconsolate United then lost another defender through two reckless challenges to complete their misery.

Manager Paul Walden said: “To go to Eccleshill for the first game of the season on paper was going to be a real tough task, but the boys were superb.

“The first 30 minutes, I thought we were excellent and killed the game off. With three lads making their debuts and playing against a well drill side it made the result even better, but it is only three points. A great start, but just three points.”

Quora Developments Man of the Match: Carl Martin.

Squad: Scott Drury, Liam Wright, Craig Lill, Daniel Stevens, Carl Martin, Lee Croft, Jordan Smith, Greg Andrews, Jamie Coulson, Steve Norton, Rocky Rawlings, Paul Coulam, Robert McSpadden, Matthew Buck, Frazer Chapman and Robbie Aldrich.