Cusworth cup final
Louth Town 0 Skegness Town 0
After extra time: Louth won 4-3 on penalties
SKEGNESS Town held Northern Counties East League side Louth Town to a draw in their own back yard, only to lose out on penalties.
The Lilywhites put in an impressive performance against a side whose squad included at least 12 who have tasted NCEL action this term.
But matching their neighbours throughout the 110 minutes of play was not enough and they paid the penalty with two spot kick misses.
This bad tempered showpiece final attracted a crowd of more than 100, who witnessed very little goalmouth action during the early stages.
The seasiders’ best chance of the first half was blazed over by Michael Howard after a neat interchange of passes, but stand-in keeper Bobby McSpadden was rarely tested.
At the other end, a weak shot from seven yards by Matt Kennedy, who played 17 times for the first team this season, let Skegness off the hook towards the end of the half. Kennedy was again wasteful early in the second half, and Howard fired the Lilywhites’ best second half chance over the bar.
The game moved into extra time, but neither side had the energy to carve out any clear cut chances, so the lottery of spot kicks was the deciding factor.
Despite a great save by Skegness keeper Michael Emery to keep out Nick Manders’s penalty, there were misses by Jamie Sleight and Matt Veall, which left 36-game Danny Kilmore to clinch the trophy for Louth.
It was a disappointing result for Skegness who had performed bravely, particularly Dan Tuplin and Sam Sleight.
Sterling performances by the back four, Damian Howland, Neil Thorpe, Lewis Cartwright and Craig Booth meant a quiet night for Emery, while Howard worked tirelessly throughout the game.
The seasiders can now look forward to their end of season presentations, at the Lilywhites social club on Saturday, June 4, starting with a hog roast at 4pm.