A YOUNG Louth Town side battled well before a late flurry of goals saw them go down 5-2 to Barton Town at Park Avenue on Wednesday.
With injuries ravaging the first team of late, Town’s stand-in boss Carl Forman sent out an inexperienced eleven for the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy first round game which featured only a handful of first-team names.
Barton Town, sat sixth in the division above the White Wolves, had only lost one of their last six in all competitions.
But this didn’t deter Louth who went ahead in the 15th minute when Mark Fairburn broke loose and coolly placed the ball past Barton`s goalkeeper Ben White.
Three minutes later Fairburn was in the spotlight again when a yellow card for a clumsy tackle, and Barton seemed to get stronger and put pressure on to try and get their equaliser.
The goal came in the 29th minute from the penality spot when Barton’s Owen netted and himself been fouled by McSpadden.
Ironically two minutes earlier Louth had had a good penalty claim turned down.
In the 38th minute disaster struck when a nasty collision lead to Louth striker Andy Willoughby leaving the field with bad head wound and Barton`s Joe Cooper also being helped off.
Both men were replaced by Perkins for Louth and Ryan Cooper for Barton. To make matters worse a minute before half-time Ford took advantage of a defensive error to put Barton 2-1 ahead.
The second half continued with end to end play and there was a reward for Louth’s hard work when Chris Ella was in the right place at the right time to make it 2-2.
Barton used their remaining substitutes, one of whom was Louth’s top scorer last season Steve Norton, and continued playing some attractive football which resulted in them taking the lead again in the 70th minute. A misunderstanding in the Louth defence opened the way for Ryan Cooper to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
Louth assistant manager Carl Forman sent on youngsters Alex Carter and Liam Stainton who worked hard but could not turn the game round.
In the 89th minute Barton added to their score when Steve Norton found the net and in stoppage time Medcalf made it a flattering 5-2 to the visitors.
It was a disappointing scoreline but not a disappointing performance as some of the Louth players of tomorrow revealed a great potential for the club.
Louth visit Worsborough Bridge Athletic in the league on Saturday (3pm).