Table-topping Louth Town are the team to beat – Clare
PROUD boss Daryl Clare has issued his table-topping Louth Town team a new challenge – to be ruthless against rival clubs that will now try to knock them off their perch.
The White Wolves moved top of the Northern Counties East League Division One with a 3-0 win at Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday.
Top-scorer Matt Kennedy netted his fourth goal in five matches and Paul Goodhand bagged a double for Clare's men.
The victory moved Louth up to the league's summit – the highest position the club has occupied in its history – ahead of their trip to Askern Villa tomorrow night.
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Former Grimsby Town striker Clare, who made his White Wolves debut as a second-half substitute at Yorkshire Amateur, said: "It was an outstanding performance at Yorkshire Amateur by every Louth shirt, given the players we have missing.
"The incoming players are full of desire to prove a point.
"Our next challenge, being top of the league, is to deal with the teams who raise their game by 20 per cent to take scalps, and we have to be ruthless against opposing teams.
"I am privileged to be the leader of this ship and this great set of lads."
Louth top-scorer Kennedy, pictured, broke the deadlock on 15 minutes at Yorkshire Amateur after a lively start.
The hosts responded in search of an equaliser, but Louth were keen to build on their lead and their hard work paid off in the 37th minute when Goodhand converted.
The only downside of an excellent first half for Louth was when Nick Manders was substituted with a serious ear injury that needed hospital treatment.
Louth didn't take their foot off the gas early in the second half, going three goals up just two minutes after the restart when Goodhand netted his second of the game.
The White Wolves comfortably saw the game out. Teenager Jack Wightwick replaced Goodhand and there was a special cheer for manager Clare, who made his debut as a White Wolves player when he replaced Elliott Broughton.