Second-half blast fires Louth Town to victory
TWO goals in three second-half minutes completed a quick-fire turnaround as Louth Town maintained their promotion charge with a 2-1 home victory against Clipstone Welfare.
Louth – third in Baris Northern Counties East League Division One – trailed 1-0 at half-time but, three minutes after Nick Mander equalised, Matt Kennedy netted the game's winner.
Ahead of tonight's League Cup clash at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, White Wolves boss Daryl Clare wants more consistency from his charges.
He said: "We can't find a middle-ground, we either play outstanding or okay.
"Every team enjoys coming to Park Avenue. We have a nice clubroom and a nice pitch and it gives them a lift.
"We just need to make it harder.
"Now we have a League Cup match to negotiate and then the focus will be on Saturday's game at Teversal, who are a good side."
On his team's promotion chances, the former Grimsby Town striker added: "There are a number of teams in the mix in the league at the moment, but we'll have a clearer picture after Christmas.
"Our job is simply to keep on winning."
Louth went close to entertaining the 100-strong home crowd early on when a free-kick just flew over the target.
But it was the visitors who struck first.
Despite doing well to block a fierce volley, goalkeeper Ian MacTaggart could do nothing to keep out Robert Shortt's follow-up.
The White Wolves achieved the majority of possession before half-time but couldn't find an equaliser.
Louth came out firing in the second half, though, creating more chances.
And they finally levelled when Kennedy's excellent pass found Manders and he scored after a good run.
Louth were hungry for another goal and got it three minutes later through Kennedy's great solo effort.
Teenager Jack Wightwick, who has been trialled for England Schoolboys, featured as a substitute for Louth in the closing stages as the hosts held on to their lead.
An unlikely pitch invader drew the attention of Louth boss Clare – on two occasions a hedgehog graced the Park Avenue turf.
The manager joked: "The hedgehog that twice ran on to the pitch was good in the penalty box and faster than some of our forwards – so we are thinking of signing him!"