'Poor preparation' angers boss Clare
MANAGER Daryl Clare appears to be losing patience with some of his Louth Town players – and did not pull any punches after his side were beaten at home for the second time in four days.
Town were beaten 3-1 by Nottingham side Dunkirk in the second qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Vase at Park Avenue.
Clare – the former Grimsby Town striker – was angry with his men.
He raged: "We've gone from being a healthy, competitive squad to a depleted team that looks shattered.
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"The effort is never in question, but some players' social lives before matches are affecting their performances.
"They need to understand the importance of game preparation if they want to be part of the club."
A strong Dunkirk side included a Montserrat international – Jaylee Hodgson – who was back from duty for his country – a small Caribbean nation.
Dunkirk opened the scoring on eight minutes through Evans. Houghton made it two on the half-hour mark and Bowen made 3-0 just before the break.
Willoughby pulled one back after the break, but it was not enough. Interestingly, Clare named himself among the substitutes but did not make an appearance on this occasion.