White Wolves lose proud record to Athersley
A WELL-organised Athersley Recreation side ended Louth Town's unbeaten start to the season at Park Avenue.
The hosts started brightly and showed some ealy promise. However, it soon became clear why Athersley went into the game sitting second in the table.
And, when the visitors won a free-kick on the edge of the area after a late foul, they took the lead.
Defender Tom Harban fired the ball past the wall and despite the Louth stopper getting a hand to it, he was powerless to stop the shot from nestling in the back of the net.
It was nearly 2-0 on the half-hour when Athersley broke through but Bentley poked the ball wide.
Louth were having their moments, though, and after a scrabble in the visitors' goalmouth, Jamie Coulson attempted a spectacular bicycle kick but the ball was eventually cleared and they went into the break 1-0 down.
The visitors started fast and grabbed a second goal just four minutes after the restart when a superb pass from Wilkinson split the White Wolves' defence, allowing Briscoe to score.
Louth responded well and the pressure eventually told when they pulled a goal back with under 15 minutes to go.
Clever work from Coulson set up Mark Wood to shoot through the crowd of players and into the net to set up a grandstand finish.
Louth were appealing for a penalty moments later when an Athersley defender appeared to have handled in the area, but the officials waved away their protests.
McSpadden then received a second booking, meaning that Town had to battle with ten men for the final few minutes as the Wolves run out of time to grab a vital equaliser.
After the game, manager Daryl Clare said: " Sometimes we have to give credit to good sides who come and do a job on us.
"We were slow starting again out of the blocks, but rallied with another late show that maybe should have earned us a draw.
"Now is a good opportunity to freshen up the side after what, has been an excellent start to the season."