Exhausted from just watching this, but you have to feel for Louth Town. The Supreme Division champions and Floodlight Cup winners could have done without extra time as they have another cup final at Glandford Park on Tuesday. If only they could have held on -- but it was not to be as Newark levelled right on full time.
This was a fabulous game played at Alfreton Town's Impact Arena, and although I took copious notes and over 80 pics, I don't think my ramblings can possibly do this game justice.
Louth line-up : Wherry, Trestrail, Appleby, Martin, Dalton, Reeson, Hyland, Armstrong, Watts, Hallam, Leverett. Subs Crossley, Smith, Wood
Newark : Lamb, Wade, Carty, O'Looney, Wilson, Trentini, Wilford S, Issott, Fraser, Greenfield, Ellison M. Subs Brooks, Turtle, Parsons
After the usual presentation and the customary National Anthem(!), the game kicked of in glorious sunshine, but it was a little deceptive because let me tell you, it was bloody cold.
Louth took the lead on 16 when CARL MARTIN dived to head home Leverett's free kick
Leverett's free-kick headed home by Martin
4 minutes later Leverett was again provider, sliding the ball into the 6 yard box where MIKE ARMSTRONG was wating to slot home. Newark came back strongly and in the 24th minute they were celebrating their first of the game - a cracking chip by CALLUM FRASER beating keeper Wherry.
Frazer levels for Newark
The scores were level on 37, Newark skipper SIMON GREENFIELD powering home a header from a free-kick. Louth had a great chance to go in leading at the break, but Watts effort crashed off the bar and Leverett hit the loose ball at goal, it was hacked off the line. H-T 2-2
Greenfield heads home for Newark to make it 2-2
Newark took the early initiative in the second half, and it looked like Ellison had scored on 47, but his shot had only rippled the side netting. Louth were back in front on 69 - and although KURT CROSSLEY fired home well from 18 yards, he appeared to have handled the ball when it was played to him from midfield.
Just as we were getting set to go home, Newark were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. The ball was fired into the 6 yard box where LUKE PARSONS rose to head home. F-T 3-3
Parsons heads home on 90 to make it 3-3
The game went into extra time, and Wilford almost gave Newark a dream start, but his terrific drive crashed off the upright with Wherry well beaten. Louth went ahead yet again a minute into the second period of extra-time, PAUL WATTS diving full-length to head home. Newark could have lost the will to live, but they didn't and they were awared a penalty in the114th minute that STEVE CARTY calmly fired past Wherry. F-T 4-4
Carty makes it 4-4 from the spot
Penalties it was, and the chance for someone to gain hero status..... Newark keeper Craig Lamb duly oblidged saving the first three Louth spot-kicks.
Kicks as follows:
Louth - Watts - saved
Newark - Carty - scored
Louth - Martin - saved
Newark - Brooks - scored
Louth - Armstrong - saved
Newark - Greenfield - saved
Louth - Smith - scored
Newark - Wilson - scored
Excellent game, but who ordered the bloody weather? It was freezing!!!