Louth Town march onto League Cup final after dramatic penalty win


Louth Town have reached the Northern Counties East League Cup Final after a dramatic penalty win at Nostell Miners Welfare on Thursday night.

The White Wolves went into the semi-final as underdogs against the higher division outfit but a run of seven straight wins meant Daryl Clare’s men went into the game full of confidence.

And it showed, despite them falling behind to a second minute Danny Critchlow goal.

Town equalised when Andy Willoughby struck shortly after half time before Graham Marchant put the hosts, who sit 17th in the NCEL Premier Division, back ahead.

But the White Wolves weren’t done, Paul Goodhand followed up his weekend hat-trick with another equaliser on 78 minutes to make it 2-2.

Then top scorer Matt Kennedy put Town 3-2 ahead with five minutes to play with his 26th of the season.

Extra time came after Marchant struck again at the death, but the net failed to bulge in the extra 30 minutes meaning it went down to penalties.

Nostell scored their first but Paul Goodhand expertly equalised for Louth to make it 1-1.

Nostell netted again but Matt Kennedy scored to make it 2-2, then the drama really began as the next Nostell player blasted the ball over the bar.

Sam Hallett stepped up for Louth and scored to take the away side ahead. Nostell pulled themselves together and scored their next but their hopes were short-lived when Danny Stevens made the score 4-3 to the White Wolves. Louth ‘keeper Ian MacTaggert fantastically saved Nostell`s next penalty and it was game over!

Town now march on to the League Cup final on Bank Holiday Monday May 6, where they will face either Thackley or Worksop Parramore at Staveley Miners Welfare FC’s stadium.

Both potential opponents sit in mid-table in the NCEL Premier Division.