Louth Town battle Shirebrook Town

Nick Manders challenges
Nick Manders challenges

Northern Counties East Football League

Luth Town 0 Shirebrook Town 6

Attendance: 107

Just two days after picking up the first win of the season Louth Town suffered a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Shirebrook Town at a sunny Park Avenue.

Having picked up injuries on Saturday, Daryl Clare was short of central defenders for the game and used midfielder Callum Hyland as a makeshift centre half. From the off the Louth players looked to have tired legs after having played 60 minutes on Saturday with just 10 men and the visitors took full advantage in the hot conditions.

The tone for the game was set on 14 minutes when Shirebrook defender Wankiewicz, up for a free-kick was left unmarked on the left hand side of the Louth penalty area to give his side the lead unchallenged.

Louth rallied briefly and forced a succession of corners which ended with Danny Marshall shooting over from the edge of the area.

Shirebrook doubled their lead after 18 minutes and again it was all too easy for the visitors, as the Louth defence failed to cut out a long ball over the top leaving Dickinson to set up Moxam for the first of his 4 goals in the game.

Again Louth rallied but had only a Chris Ella shot which was saved to show for their efforts and Moxam soon bundled the ball into the Louth net on the half hour mark to put the visitors 3 up. Town’s young keeper James Maccallum saved bravely from Dickinson but his defenders let him down again allowing Moxam to race clear to complete his hat-trick.

It was a shell-shocked Louth Town who trooped off four goals down at the break.

Louth came out for the second half with only pride to play for, determined not to let Shirebrook have everything their own way. Callum Hyland was restored to midfield adding more bite which allowed the hard working Jason Flint to have more influence on the game. They were unlucky not to reduce the deficit as first Matt Kennedy and then Danny Stevens went close with free-kicks from the edge of the area. Chris Ella then put a chance against the Shirebrook woodwork as Louth enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Having failed to make their dominance count in terms of goals Louth went further behind against the run of play when Moxam made it 5 for the visitors before an unlucky own goal by Nat Walton completed the scoring with 15 minutes to play.

Louth continued to give everything but were happy to hear the referee’s final whistle at the end of the game.

After the game a philosophical Daryl Claire commented that the game against a very good Shirebrook side was a game to forget and move on. He noted the lack of cover in central defence and that there was always a chance that with such a young side they would be inconsistent sometimes. He also noted that his players had given everything in the victory over Hallam just two days earlier and that they had had insufficient time to recover. He did however, have good news for supporters stating that there were new signings imminent, including an experienced centre half and that he hoped to have some new faces to freshen up the squad in time for next Saturday’s home game against Rossington on Main.

The Don Noble Man of the Match award went to Jason Flint.

Team: Maccullum, Manders, Walton, Coulham, Stevens (Capt.), Hyland, Marshall, Rawlings, Ella, Flint, Kennedy.

Subs: MacSpadden, Marsh, Potter.

Unused sub Clare.