Caistor Tennyson made further progress in the Junior Challenge Cup at the weekend.
In what has been a fine season, they beat AFG at Bradley pitches in Grimsby. Tennyson played on the new all weather surface and realised that if they were going to make progress they simply had to adapt to the surface better than their opponents.
Despite the fact that Tennyson enjoyed plenty of play in the opening stages AFG took an early lead in the game.
A back pass in defence to the Tennyson keeper Ben Togher was rightly penalised by the referee and Tennyson had to pay the full punishment as the resulting in-dirct free kick was played short and hit convincingly into the net.
Tennyson got on terms when Nathan Smith hit a spectacular reply. Picking up the ball 20-yards out he unleashed a shot into the net,giving the AFG keeper little chance. There were other chances for Tennyson at this stage, several of them falling to Luke Clifford who was not able to convert.
AFG then took a 2-1 lead when a throw in from near the left wing corner flag was not properly cleared by Tennyson and in something of a scramble AFG forced the ball home.
AFG then went further ahead and at 3-1 in arrears,Tennyson were not well placed. But it became clear they were far from done as the second half developed.
Luke Clifford was their saviour notching two goals to get Tennyson level at 3-3 and then Ryan Allen grabbed what proved to be the winner for the Caistor side with five minutes to go.
There were plenty of impressive performances in the Tennyson side. Aaron Ford was an impressive figure at the heart of the Tennyson defence while Clifford’s two goals dragged them back into the game when it seemed it was drifting away from them.