FOOTBALL: Caistor Tennyson beat the weather and Kirmington in Wolds derby

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Kirmington 1-3 Caistor Tennyson

Caistor Tennyson beat the elements as well as opponents Kirmington in the local Wolds derby at Kirmington Recreation Ground on Saturday. The match was the first of the new year in the East Lincolnshire Combination League Division 2. Tennyson were good value for an excellent 3-1 win, all the goals coming in the second half.

The pitch was in excellent condition after heavy rain but in the first half the match failed to live up to expectations, few chances being created. Kirmington had the advantage of the slope and a back wind, but Caistor looked to be the more dangerous on the break.

Caistor manager Terry Lawrence made two half time substitutions and with the wind and rain at their backs, Caistor carried much more threat after the break.

Ben Togher in goal had to make a fine save when he was faced with a one on one, coming quickly off his line to get down to block. Then Alex Padley went off injured, but substitute Mike Kelley soon made his mark with the opening goal.

One minute after entering the fray up front Kelly ran on to a through ball and finished confidently, Three minutes later he was at it again splitting the Kirmington back line to allow Nathan Smith to finish confidently and make it 2-0.

Smith then hit the crossbar from 30-yards before striking again with a shot into the roof of the net to make the game safe for Tennyson at 3-0.

Nathan Harris was in superb form in the Caistor defence-and needed to be, as the home side staged a late rally which saw them snatch a consolation goal five minutes from time.