Evo-Stick NPL Division one side Brigg Town suffered semi final heartache as Louth Town booked their place into the final of the Lincolnshire FA County Senior Trophy with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening (February 17).
A great following from Louth helped in producing a great atmosphere associated with cup ties. This was especially true of the Louth Ultras who voices and drum beats could be hear throughout the evening.
The eagerly awaited fixture started fairly evenly on a good playing surface and after two close attempts by Steve Norton and Jordan Smith it was the White Wolves that opened the scoring on nine minutes when Jamie Coulson found the net in a crowded area thanks to a pitch perfect pass by Danny Kilmore.
Both sides were playing open football and it was immediately after a seven minute stoppage for a floodlight failure that Louth let their guard down and Leigh Hutchinson equalised for The Zebras.
As half time approached, Brigg were unable to subdue the well organised Louth side who should have added another two goals.
Louth started the second half started slowly but gradually moved into top gear making them a force to be reckoned with. So it was down to Coulson again to score his second on 55 despite the Brigg keeper Jody Barfords best efforts.
As expected, Brigg fought back well and created several good chances, but the defence held firm with Scott Drury in goal proving his worth. Louth now relied on the counter attack and as the game entered its final minutes Brigg were going all out for the equaliser as the woodwork saved the White Wolves on a couple of occasions.
Louth will now face Evo-Stick NPL Premier League side Stamford Town in the final at Sincil Bank at a date to be advised.
Man of the Match: Carl Martin.
Manager Paul Walden comments: “What a great night for the club and particularly our fantastic supporters. We could have been three up inside twenty minutes then we let them start getting in behind us and they caused us problems.
“We changed a couple of things at half time and we were the better side second half and deserved the winner.
“It gives a great day out for everyone involved with the club for the final at Sincil Bank against AFC Stamford who are three leagues higher than us but concentration must now go into climbing the league for an automatic promotion spot. “
The squad: Scott Drury, Andy Appleby, Rocky Rawlings, Danny Stevens, Carl Martin, Callum Hyland, Steve Norton, Paul Coulam, Jamie Coulson, Danny Kilmore, Jordan Smith. Subs: Lee Croft, Robbie Aldrich, Matthew Busk, Danny Marshall and Mike Armstrong.