Louth Town hitting top form with 4-0 victory over Barton Town Reserves and vow to continue chase at the top

Louth Town made it two games, 10 goals and two clean sheets in a row as they saw off Barton Town Reserves 4-0 to stay hot on the heels of Lincolnshire League leaders Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday.

The White Wolves had lost another close clash with Lincoln only three games back but boss Carl Martin said his side now had that out of their system and vowed they would not give up the chase.

“We won't be giving anything up. It's a long season, the top teams have to play each other and nothing is ever won or lost in the middle of October,” he said.

“It was disappointing losing at Lincoln, but same as the first game with them at home, it was fairly even, but they are just more experienced and probably know how to get over the line.

Louth skipper Alex Aldrich - breakthrough goal against Barton.

“But since that it's two games, 10 goals and two clean sheets so I can't fault the lads at both ends of the pitch.

“We played Barton on Saturday and I think they are in a false position in the league. Their manager has them playing well. They are a difficult team to play and they will take points off the top sides.”

He added: “We were very good again. The first half was quite a cagey affair and we both cancelled each other out. But, to be fair to the lads, second half that little bit of quality we've got just shone through in the end.

“Hopefully that has now got the Lincoln result out of our system.

“We needed to tidy up defensively with the amount of goals we've leaked – we haven't had as many clean sheets as we'd have wanted. “But these last two games we've done really well and I am really pleased.

“We have only lost the two games – both to Lincoln. So we take our hat off to them. We have picked ourselves up with 10 goals and two clean sheets and as a club we can't ask for anything more. Our results the last couple of seasons have been been really good too.”

Against Barton, Louth's breakthrough came on 54 minutes as skipper Aldrich headed home from a Brown long throw.

On 64 minutes Smith's cross was headed in by Reece Southwell and a foul on Smith two minutes later left Barton with 10 men.

They were punished as Paul Coulam netted on the overlap on 76 minutes and then Johnson's scuffed effort was turned home by Crawford on 86 minutes.

On Saturday Louth head for Appleby Frodingham and Martin said: “Their form has not been particularly good but again I think they are in a false position in the league.

“Like anywhere in this league, if you don't turn up and show desire and heart to get over the line on a Saturday you can come unstuck.

“But the firm we're in and the headspace where the lads are at the minute, I fully expect us to go there and get the three points.

“We will be back to full strength. We had a couple of players missing last weekend, one with Covid – which seems to be creeping back in – and one with injury. But we should have a fully fit squad to choose from and it will be down to the lads.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​