FOOTBALL: Suspect goal sinks unfortunate Louth

Louth Town lost but just the one goal at the weekend
Louth Town lost but just the one goal at the weekend

Louth Town 0-1 AFC Emley

Saturday’s game (April 5), saw Louth Town lose to a hotly disputed goal against visitors AFC Emley.

With key players again unavailable it was always going to be a tough task, but after 90 minutes Louth were unfortunate not to have had a least a share of the spoils.

From the off Louth didn’t give the visitors time to play their trademark football and had the first chance of the game when Lee Croft burst through the defence, but looked to free his strike partner when he should have gone route one himself.

After this Emley had the best chance of the game, but their striker ballooned the ball over the goal. In an almost carbon copy of Croft’s chance, Gary Nimmo was released in the right channel but failed to trouble the ‘keeper.

Fifteen minutes in, Frazer Chapman landed heavily on his ankle and had to be replaced by Mike Armstrong. This didn’t affect the home side and from a Lee Croft cross Gaz Nimmo headed inches wide. The second half started with the Emley ‘keeper just getting a hand to the ball as the impressive Jordan Smith latched onto a long clearance from Scott Drury.

Emley finally got the break through they needed during the 73rd minute in controversial circumstances when the forward clearly pushed the ball forward with his hand before he beat Drury with a low drive. It was tough on the home side who had looked comfortable throughout the game but they had their chances.

Louth Town manager Paul Walden sad: “Again we have lost by the odd goal but I was delighted by the way the boys went about their jobs today. We certainly deserved something out of the game but it wasn’t to be.

“There were some outstanding performances but the main thing was the way the boys worked as a unit and looked after each other. It was a real team performance and I was extremely proud of them.”