FOOTBALL: Caistor crash out of cup despite dogged performance at AFC Louth

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AFC Louth 1-0 Caistor Tennyson

Caistor Tennyson FC crashed out of the East Lincs Combination Cup when they went down 1-0 at AFC Louth.

Tennyson knew on the outward journey that they would find the host side, who are flying high in Division 1, tough opposition.

For Caistor it was a step up in class, though footballing skills were always going to be difficult to spot on a heavy Louth pitch.

As a consequence of the conditions the game was a dogged encounter from start to finish with little in the way of flowing football.

Tennyson took the field with a weakened team, a handful of regulars still out injured. From the start though players on the pitch gave great commitment to the Tennyson cause, working hard for possession in midfield.

The first half proved a stalemate with neither side fashioning too many chances. James Marriott and the influential Alex Wade gave determined performances in the middle of the pitch while in the Tennyson back four Paul Reid gave a strong display.

Half time arrived with the game still scoreless but finally Tennyon’s luck ran out when play resumed.

With AFC Louth on the attack a well drilled ball went across the Tennyson six-yard area and was turned in by a Tennyson player for a most unfortunate own goal.

Worse followed as Wade had to leave the field injured. Ben Togher had to make some good saves in the Caistor goal as time began to run out but sadly at the other end there were few chances created by the Tennyson forwards.

In the end a 1-0 win for the home side was undeniably deserved.