Teversal FC move step nearer to safety despite Louth Town defeat

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Teversal are a step nearer to safety despite losing 3-0 at Louth Town at the weekend.

But the Teversal fate took a positive turn away from their game with Lincoln Moorlands losing 7-0 to now promoted Pontefract Collieries, and Grimsby Borough losing in midweek and 7-1 to Shirebrook Town on Saturday.

To deny the Tevie Boys safety Lincoln Moorlands need to win their last game to finish on 27 points and Teversal lose their last three games and drop a goal difference of 42 to gift survival to their Lincolnshire piers.

The survival games for the Tevie Boys start on Saturday with the visit of Dronfield Town, followed by a midweek visit by Grimsby Borough on Tuesday.

Louth lost two players in the warm up including the league’s top scorer Jamie Coulson who went on the bench.

But the injury woos of the White Wolves were nothing compared to Teversal who had more than 30 players declare their unavailability for the trip followed by two drop outs on the day that left the Tevie Boys with only the bare 11.

It is a legacy left for the new Management Team to have to eradicate at Carnarvon Street if the club are going to move forward.

You would have expected the host to take the early dominance and they did, but the visitors held firm and actually produce the first effort at goal on two minutes when Newton unleashed a fierce strike marginally wide.

But it was Louth who went ahead Callum Hyland opened the scoring on 14 minutes after Danny Stevens had initially been saved by West.

It was 2-0 six minutes later when Louth broke from a Teversal corner before Rayner-Mistry cooly fired home.

Teversal were left angry on 38 minutes when their penalty shouts were turned down in favour of a corner after Radford turned Martin in the box.

The salt was rubbed in the Teversal wounds when, from the resulting corner, Louth hit on the break again to score a third goal after a clinical solo effort down the left from Wightwick.

The 11 Teversal players deserve great credit to the magnificent eleven committed players of Tevie who came out in the second half to have a go and didn’t lay down and die and take an even heavier defeat.

Yes you may say that Louth had the game won and failed to maintain their impetus that gave them the 3-0 half time lead and took their foot off the pedal.

But it still needed true character from the Teversal side to maintain their spirits in such trying circumstances.

It was the host who had the first effort on target when Jordan Smith hit a pile driver that was tipped over the bar by the impressive West in the Teversal goal.

West also made impressive saves to frustrate Lee Croft who lead the line excellently for the host, but Teversal had their moments with Drury having to earn his keep in the Louth goal as Radford and Bates had the best of the Teversal efforts.

Louth Town:Scott Drury, Paul Coulam, Rocky Rawling, Daniel Stevens, Carl Martin, Callum Hyland (Bobby McSpadden 61), Jordan Smith (Dan Barrett 70), Frazer Chapman (Michael Armstrong 85), Lee Croft, Luke Rayner-Mistry, Jack Wightwick. Subs Not Used – Jamie Coulson, Robbie Aldrich.

Teversal: Neil West, Josh Hopes, Tom Bates, Jordan Schofield, Craig Charlesworth, Craig Newton, Aidy Harris, Blake Vincent, Josh Radford, Jack Hutchinson, Joe Toon. Subs Not Used – None.

REFEREE: Stephen Mercer (West Yorkshire).

ATTENDANCE: 97.

TEVERSAL MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Neil West.