FOOTBALL: Seven goal thriller moves Louth Town up to fifth

Man of the match Steve Norton EMN-141215-100240001
Man of the match Steve Norton EMN-141215-100240001

Louth Town returned from a freezing Leeds with three points in tact from their hosts Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday.

With small parts of the pitch still holding ice the referee rightly had concerns but the pitch held up really well.

Louth started the better and the game was only four minutes old when Reece Newell played a delightful ball into the path of Steve Norton, whose cross found Jamie Coulson at the far post to give the visitors an early lead.

Norton was unplayable at times and was giving the Amateurs defence a real headache, but it was the hosts who levelled the score. A needless free kick was given away on the edge of the box and slack marking at the far post gave a simple header to make it 1-1.

Coulson then had chances to regain the lead for Louth, but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept him out.

Louth found themselves behind when from another set piece, the home side’s Daniel Freeman headed home much to the annoyance of Louth’s captain Carl Martin who was clearly pushed. When it looked like Louth would go into the break one goal down it was the live wire Steve Norton who burst clear in the 45th minute to restore parity.

It took Louth a while to get into their stride in the second half. Lee croft replaced Kennedy after 70 minutes and injected more urgency into the game and shortly after Louth regained the lead.

The ‘keeper Bojang fumbled at the feet of Coulson and the big striker was on hand to put Louth 3-2 up.

The home side now lost their discipline and after two poor tackles by their number 4 they were reduced to 10 men. Louth took full advantage of this with the impressive Norton adding a fourth. Again the home side lost their discipline and were reduced to nine and Coulson added Louth’s fifth and his third.