Louth Town reserves failed to end their season on a high note losing 2-1 at Skegness Town at the weekend.
Many players were missing and only 11 of them were available – some of whom are from Louth Town Academy. Against a strong team this result was not bad for such a depleted Town side.
Town made a slow start and were fortunate not to have conceded in the first 10 minutes. Skegness missed a couple of one-on-ones with Ben Smith and rattled the crossbar with a free kick.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half. A player ran onto a long ball over the top and looped his header past the onrushing Smith. Skegness could have doubled their lead before half time when a long range volley flew wide.
Early in the second half Smith did well to tip a powerful header over. From the resulting corner he made an even better save deflecting an effort onto the bar.
Town created their first chance on the hour mark - Josh Harley dribbled past a couple of opponents and set up Bradley Coulam who stabbed inches wide of the right post.
Skegness had the ball in the net after an attack through the middle; however, the flag was up for offside. Minutes later they netted again and that time it did count. A pinpoint cross was delivered from the right and headed emphatically into the bottom right corner.
Another header from a corner narrowly missed the target before debutant, Jake Marshall, made an excellent challenge inside the box. The ball then found its way to another player and he forced Smith into a fine save.
Town had had little to cheer about all evening, but suddenly did in the 88th minute. The ball came to Jack Potter and from 25 yards out he fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. It was a brilliant goal by the young lad and an extremely late contender for goal of the season!
Town nearly rescued a point in stoppage time - Joe Rennie whipped in a cross from the right and the ball bounced upwards. Arriving at the far post was Luke Burton and he headed just wide.
Craig Dalton reflected on the season, “This was a disappointing end to the season, but I can’t fault the eleven players who turned up,” he said.
“It has been a long and difficult season for the reserves and I thank all those who played for us. Hopefully we’ll do better in the next campaign starting in August.”