Louth Town fought back from a disastrous start to earn a valuable 2-2 draw at promotion rivals AFC Emley on Saturday.
Town found themselves two down after just eight minutes at The Welfare Ground, but Andy Willoughby’s first half strike and Callum Hyland’s equaliser late on earned the White Wolves a point to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
The opening play was lively and it was Emley who got their noses in front in the fifth minute through Anthony Haigh. Louth looked to press on for the equaliser but three minutes later the deficit was doubled when Josh Ingham made it 2-0.
But Louth, the league’s comeback kings, stepped up their game and in the 35th minute Andy Willoughby grabbed his eighth goal of the season.
As soon as the second half started, the half-time team talk became apparent as Louth worked even harder for the equaliser.
Daryl Clare’s men continued to enjoy most of the play and the manager threw on Paul Coulam for Elliott Broughton. Ten minutes later, in the 75th minute, Louth finally levelled the score when Callum Hyland found a deserved equaliser.
Town threw everything forward in search of a winner which had looked so unlikely with ten minutes played, but the scoreline remained at 2-2, and Town stayed above Emley in fourth place in the NCEL Division One table.
Manager Daryl Clare praised his side’s battling qualities after the game. He said: “It was a typical game of two halves. We were sluggish in the first half and rightly so got punished by a very good Emley side.
“I’m pleased we’ve played them twice now.
“The second half was fiercely contested and we took control of possession and dominated the play, eventually breaking them down for a well-deserved point.”
“Our unbeaten run continues and our confidence reigns high.”
Town’s home game against Askern Villa this Saturday has been postponed due to Villa’s ongoing difficulties.