Louth Town learn from 'best'
ASSISTANT manager Carl Forman believes Louth Town have shown they can match the league's "best side" ahead of tomorrow night's clash at Bottesford Town.
Although the White Wolves lost 3-0 against Shirebrook at home on Saturday, the Park Avenue outfit are taking the positives from their hard-working display into their next Baris Northern Counties East League Division One tie.
Louth slipped to ninth in the standings and will be gunning for the three points tomorrow against Bottesford, who are 15th.
Promotion hopefuls Shirebrook climbed to second in table after avenging their 3-2 home defeat to Louth back in September.
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"Shirebrook are the best side we've played this season – they were a far different side to the one we beat on their ground," said Forman. "But we matched them for hard work and effort and this match has given some confidence to the new young players. There were three of them and they all acquitted themselves well."
Ross Brown, called up from Louth Town Old Boys, was impressive.
Louth stopper Ian MacTaggart pulled off some excellent saves as Shirebrook threatened early on. And the visitors took the lead when Jack Barnett's in-swinging free-kick from wide on the left missed everyone and crept into the far corner.
Louth improved and almost equalised through top-scorer Matt Kennedy on the half-hour, and then again through Andrew Willoughby's far-post header. But the visitors added a crucial second goal shortly before the break when Adam Burton netted at the far post.
The White Wolves attacked with determination in the second half but, although they enjoyed a lot of the play, the ball just wouldn't go in the net.
Shirebrook capitalised when, in the 70th minute, Carlos Forbes netted a close-range header.
Louth's Callum Hyland was then sent off for a second bookable offence.
Young recruits Frazer Findlay and Jack Potter came off the bench for Louth later on.
Louth Town would like to thank match sponsor John Darke Ltd and Pete Selby, for sponsorship of the match ball. The Brackenborough Hotel man of the match was Ross Brown.