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Moulton Harrox beat Louth Town Reserves in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup

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Dec Earth scored five times as Moulton Harrox recorded their biggest win of the season to make progress in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup on Saturday.

Reif Clarke and Ash Coddington were also on target in the 7-0 home success against Louth Town Reserves in the third round tie at Broad Lane.

Louth had arrived with an unbeaten record this season as East Lincs Combination Division One leaders but Earth's crucial strike late in the first half laid the foundations for Harrox to score a further six times without reply after the break.

Dec Earth scored five times for Harrox. (52972518)
Dec Earth scored five times for Harrox. (52972518)

Joint boss Bobby Patterson said: "The lads did really well.

"The conditions were really windy and neither side could get the ball down and play which made it awkward and was probably a leveller.

"We got a goal just before half-time which made a massive difference and then in the second half we have completed played them off the park.

"Dec's played really well and scored five good goals - if the last one had been on Match of the Day then everyone would have been purring over it."

Harrox made a bright start to the contest and Josh Ford - back after a three-match suspension - came close in the opening five minutes.

They then had a fortunate let-off when Dalius Kisla was lucky to escape with just a yellow card after a mistimed challenge that Patterson admitted he would have had 'no arguments with' had it been red.

The match then turned into a niggly affair until Harrox hit the front in first half injury time with Earth smashing home a superb strike from a free-kick that flew into the bottom corner of the Louth net.

The goal deflated their visitors and gave Harrox a big lift going into the half-time interval where Kisla was replaced by Clarke.

They changed their shape and doubled their lead early in the second period as Harrox's experience then started to tell against their youthful visitors.

John Smith had a fine game in the Moulton defence as he came in for the suspended Jonny Clay while Clarke made an impact following his introduction.

He created two goals for Earth and also got on the scoresheet himself with an excellent effort as his pace caused numerous problems to the Louth defence.

Centre-half Coddington also got in on the goalscoring act as he collected a ball on the edge of the Louth box before bursting towards goal and slotting his shot home.

Earth then rounded off the win in style with a terrific team goal which started at the heart of the Harrox defence and was worked forwards to their in-form hitman who rifled home an unstoppable volley into the top corner of the Louth net.

Harrox now return to Peterborough League Premier Division action on Saturday when they visit Oakham United.

The Rutland side are managed by former Holbeach boss Seb Hayes whose assistant during his time at Carter's Park was current joint Moulton manager Tim Cole.

Patterson said: "Hopefully we can build on the cup win in what will be another hard game on Saturday.

"I think Oakham are in a false position in the league. They are only losing games by the odd goal and they have a manager who knows the score.

"Seb is a good, tactical manager who knows what he's doing so he will set up right against us but hopefully we will have too much for them."

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