LOUTH Town endured a cup hangover as they slipped to a disappointing 2-0 league defeat to Dinnington Town at Park Avenue on Tuesday night.
Just four days after their historic 3-1 win at Holbrook Sports, the White Wolves struggled to make any inroads in the game and failed to register a single shot on target.
A goal on the stroke of half time by winger Danny McKenzie and a second half thunderbolt from frontman Danny Reet ensured all three points would be heading back to South Yorkshire.
Louth started the better and weekend hero Steve Norton found himself free in the penalty area, but visitors ‘keeper Luke Hands was able to smother the ball at his feet.
But the visitors settled quickly with winger McKenzie causing early problems. Neat footwork from former Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield striker Reet saw him link with McKenzie well but his shot fell narrowly wide, before Reet saw another effort blocked by Craig Wherry.
But the hosts were still in the game, in-form Andy Willoughby set up James Archer who shot over the bar before McKenzie was thwarted by Wherry at the other end.
Just as it looked as if the sides would go into the break level, the visitors took the lead. A dangerous free kick bobbled around in the box before McKenzie swept home from 12 yards.
And with ten minutes of the second half played, Dinnington doubled their lead. Reet showed his quality to fire a terrific shot into Wherry’s top corner from 30 yards.
Town boss Paul Walden (pictured) threw on Elliot Broughton, Mark Fairburn and Jamie Coulson in a bid to boost his tiring side, and Fairburn came close to pulling one back straight away but shot wide.
But the visitors were always comfortable, almost adding a third with Reet’s free kick going just over the bar and Wherry getting a strong hand to McKenzie’s shot before the final whistle was blown.
Town face yet another cup game this Saturday when they welcome Borrowash Victoria to Park Avenue (3pm) in the FA Vase 1st qualiying round. Whether the cup runs will prove costly remains to be seen, but Louth still sit nicely in the league table with games in hand.