Louth Town began their pre-season campaign with a 4-2 loss to Kings Head AFC.
Eddie Addison marked his first team debut with two goals, but they were not enough for Louth to avoid defeat.
Both sides made roll-on substitutions on a sunny evening at Park Avenue which gave every player a chance to gain match fitness which mattered more than the result.
Louth began brightly with Ryan Johnson and Lance James going close early on. But when a long punt by goalkeeper James Harness looped over Louth’s defence, Ashley Perkins headed home for King’s.
Minutes after the restart Perkins ran onto another Harness punt and looked poised to score again, but Aldrich produced a superb save.
Just before half-time, Aldrich kept out a powerful Ashley Collins shot and then tipped over Daniel Gribbin’s long-range effort.
The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half and Perkins soon scored again, firing home as he met Jordan Whittleton’s diagonal ball.
Things went from bad to worse for Louth six minutes later when Mike Appleby swung in a cross from the left and Collins tapped in at the far post.
Kings Head kept up the pressure and Dan Larder twice forced Aldrich into saves before Luke Barton raced clear and stabbed inches wide of the right post.
Louth pulled one back in the 72nd minute when Addison headed in from a corner, but Kings Head responded with the goal of the match from Riddall who blasted in from outside the box.
Louth got a stoppage time consolation when Dan Marsh whipped in a corner and found Chris Ella who flicked the ball across goal to give Addison a simple finish.
Louth battled tirelessly in the hot conditions, but Kings Head played well to run out 4-2 winners.
Louth’s next friendly is at home to AFC Tetford on Saturday, July 18 (kick-off 3pm).
Louth (4-4-2): Aldrich; Godbold, B. Coulam, Ella (Marsh), Johnson (Reilly); Southwood (Walton), Rawlings, P. Coulam, Addison (Chapman); James, Coddington. Man of the match: Addison.