TeversaL 5 Louth Town 3
Ten men Louth Town nearly pulled off a remarkable comeback away at Teversal on Saturday but eventually lost the high scoring game 5-3.
The first ten minutes saw Louth on top and a succession of corners put the home defence under pressure, but it was the home side who took the lead when their number ten evaded two weak challenges to score with ease. It was two shortly after when again hesitancy in the visitors defence saw keeper Josh Thompson left isolated and he brought down his man and the penalty was dispatched with confidence.
Jordan Smith making his debut for Town showed some great touches and from a quickly played free kick he delivered a quality ball across the face of goal that went begging. The visitors felt hard done by some decisions going against them but in truth Louth deserved to take nothing from the first half with a lacklustre 45 minutes. It was great to see Jamie Coulson back in a Louth shirt but he and Lee Croft were both carrying knocks and as a result the side didn’t look like scoring.
The second half was only two minutes old when Armstrong put in a clumsy challenge and was given his second yellow and with it a mountain to climb for Town. Three quick goals followed one an own goal from Michael Twigge making his first start for the club but to Louth’s credit they dug in. Alex Nichols came on for Coulson and straight away was in the thick of the action with a couple of decent chances. But the comeback started from a Smith corner Twigge scored in the right end this time with a cracking volley. The deficit was cut further when Lee Croft cut in from the right and even with a defenders gallant effort to stop the goal bound shot it nestled into the back of the net. However, it was claimed as an own goal by the home side. It was three within minutes when Frazer Chapman had his shot saved by the keeper but was first to react to give Louth hope. He nearly scored again straight after with a carbon copy chance but it was cleared then Croft had another chance late on that was scrambled away.
With so many players unavailable and a very changed side it was always going to be tough but Louth created their own problems but to their credit they didn’t give in and could have come away with a share of the points.
Don Noble betting Man of the match: Jordan Smith.
Manager’s comment: “Gutted! Defensively we have been superb in recent weeks but really struggled today and they cut us open at times. Yes we had players playing out of position and so many unavailable but the first half performance was unacceptable.
“With probably the exception of Archer and Smith we didn’t perform to the levels i expect but to be fair to the boys they have been excellent recently and with players due back for Saturday we will be hoping for an improved
Louth squad: Josh Thompson, Mike Armstrong, Andrew Appleby, James Archer, Sam McSpadden, Sam McSpadden, Jordan Smith, Jamie Coulson, Lee Croft, Frazer Chapman. Subs: Alex Nichols.