LOUTH Town’s under 13s side were held to a battling 1-1 draw by third place Nettleham at Saltfleet.
Sickness and injury meant the home side could only name one player on the bench.
On a warm spring morning Nettleham began the stronger with a number of early balls being well dealt with by the Town defence.
Louth came into the game too with Joe Wrisdale finding striker Ryan Bingham whose header hit the crossbar.
But the hosts did take the lead when Wrisdale again played in Bingham who slotted past the Nettleham keeper to make it 1-0.
A free kick shortly after from Tom McGrath whistled wide but Town only had a 1-0 lead at the break to show for their first half pressure.
Nettleham began the second half well and were soon rewarded when a bobbling through ball bounced under goalkeeper Kirkham and into the net for the equaliser. But the ‘keeper pulled off a great save shortly after to keep the scores level.
Louth dominated more and more as the game wore on, with Wrisdale, Evison and Bingham all unlucky not to score.
In the end the clock won and Town ran out of time to find the winner.
Man of the match from Town: defender Ivan Koslow who marshalled the defence superbly throughout.