Cleethorpes Town boss Andy Liddle fumes as Daryl Clare's Louth march on
MANAGER Andy Liddle read the riot act to his Cleethorpes Town players, accusing them of 'bottling it' in the Owls' midweek derby defeat at Louth.
The Owls lost 2-1 at Park Avenue on Wednesday night to Daryl Clare's White Wolves, who climbed to second in the Northern Counties East League Division One with a fourth win in five outings.
Cleethorpes host Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Bradley Community Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm), ending a run of three away games.
And boss Liddle wants a response from the players he said "let me down badly".
"It was a very disappointing performance against Louth," said Liddle, pictured.
"It was a scrappy game. Louth were workman-like, organised and have some experienced players in this league, but we showed we are still a bit naive.
"We were outstanding in the win at Emley – but we need to put some consistency together – you have to do that in this league.
"Louth had desire and were up for the derby whereas our players bottled it, until the final 20 minutes. My players let me down badly.
"My teams are built on hard work and desire and on Wednesday night we didn't have it. When one team has desire in a derby, there's only one winner.
"We want to bounce back tomorrow but it won't be easy against Hemsworth. It's a massive game for us, against quality opposition."
Louth boss Clare was delighted his team bounced back from their first defeat of the season by beating Cleethorpes.
Clare said: "We deserved all three points on the night against Cleethorpes through sheer desire and work rate. We won first and second balls, and stopped a good side from settling and playing their kind of football.
"We have lost a couple of key players through injury, but we still go into our next fixture against Shirebrook beaming with confidence."
Against Cleethorpes, in front of 200 people at Park Avenue, Louth made a lively start and had almost all of the possession in the first five minutes, much of which was spent in the visitors' penalty box.
Cleethorpes goalkeeper Scott Drury found himself busy early on.
And they took the lead on ten minutes when Kilmore headed home Matt Kennedy's corner.
Cleethorpes responded with several attempts going forward, but the home defence stood firm.
And more Louth pressure eventually earned a second goal when Jamie Coulson was fouled in the box and Kilmore buried the spot-kick.
The Owls fought back though and pulled back a goal just before half-time when Ricky Belding burst through and shot past Louth stopper Ian MacTaggart.
After the break, Michael Armstrong was brought on for Louth to replace injured Andy Appleby.
After 51 minutes, Louth sent on Elliott Broughton for Kilmore, who was given an ovation as he left the pitch.
Two minutes later, Cleethorpes replaced Belding with Jamie Flint.
the visitors tried to exert even more pressure, they sent on Marc Cooper for Lee Stevenson and then, with six minutes left ,both sides used their last substitutions, Louth's Paul Coulam replacing Jack Wightwick and Brody Roberton taking over from David Walsh for Cleethorpes.
As time was running out, Louth slowed down the pace of the game while Cleethorpes did their best to speed it up.
But in the end the hosts held out and Louth climbed to second in the table with the three points.