Louth Town Reserves put their indifferent form to bed with a staggering 8-1 victory over Boston Town reserves.
Early on a player rounded stand in goalkeeper, James MacCallum, before passing to another whose shot was blocked off the line by Sam Hallett. Soon afterwards MacCallum pulled off a brilliant diving save to deny a player from five yards out.
Despite getting off to a slow start Town took the lead against the run of play. Mike Armstrong found Chris Ella on the edge of the box and he dribbled forwards then slotted into the bottom left corner.
MacCallum pulled off another decent stop before Armstrong doubled Town’s advantage. Paul Coulam’s cross was headed only as far as Armstrong and he skipped past a challenge before firing into the top right corner.
In the 39th minute Boston pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Bradley Coulam mistimed his challenge in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. The taker sent MacCallum the wrong way and suddenly it was game on.
Boston kept going and could have equalized on the stroke of half time. MacCallum did well to save from close range - it looked like the follow up would go in though. This was until Hallett got back to make another goal line clearance.
The first half was evenly contested and nobody could have predicted what was to follow. After the interval Town were dominant and netted an incredible 6 goals. The first of those was by Sam McSpadden on 49 minutes. Dan Marsh drilled in a low cross and Sam McSpadden was there to bundle in his first goal for the club.
Sam McSpadden nearly went from scorer to provider by playing in Adam Coddington, but he missed his one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Minutes later Coddington made amends when he latched onto a through ball by Armstrong and made no mistake that time.
Boston did manage to score again - unfortunately for them it was in the wrong end on that occasion. Their goalkeeper parried a shot by Coddington and the ball rolled sideways. A defender to prevented Matthew Buck from tapping in the rebound; however, he was only able to find the back of his own net.
It was getting better and better for Town as 5-1 became 6-1. Buck carved Boston’s defence open with an excellent through ball to Ella who scored his second and Town’s sixth of the afternoon.
On 84 minutes things went from bad to worse for the hosts and they conceded a self inflicted goal. Their goalkeeper got his pass horribly wrong allowing Coddington to round him and side foot in from an angle.
Town weren’t finished there and Sam McSpadden added another goal for good measure. Hallett surged down the right and squared for Sam McSpadden to dispatch into the bottom left corner. That made the final score 8-1 to Town and this was a tremendous result.
Craig Dalton was delighted and rightly so: “This was easily our best performance of the season! Irrespective of where that team are in the league, it’s brilliant to win 8-1. We scored great team goals and all my players did very well. If we play like that in the semi final next week we’ll surely reach the final.”
Town will host Nettleham in the Challenge Cup semi final on Saturday 2nd March (2.30pm).