FOOTBALL: Caistor Tennyson narrowly defeated in top of the table dogfight

Caistor Tennyson's Mike Kelly -denied a penalty after a typical burst into the box in the first half.

Caistor Tennyson's Mike Kelly -denied a penalty after a typical burst into the box in the first half.

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Caistor Tennyson FC 1-2 Chapel Swifts

In a top of the table clash at Caistor Sports Ground Caistor Tennyson FC went down to 2-1 to Chapel Swifts.

The victory margin reflected a close game that was well contested to the end and in which a depleted Tennyson team could feel hard done by as two key decisions went against them in the first half.

The game started brightly for the hosts as they played some good football through midfield when they had possession. The early goal to give them the lead however would not come and Swifts slowly gained a foothold.

Two decisions made Tennyson frustrated, both coming around the 20 minute mark. First they had what appeared to be a good goal chalked out for offside by the officials. Then the influential Mike Kelly burst into the box and appeared to be clearly tripped, but the referee chose not to award what appeared to be an obvious penalty in Tennyson’s favour. Instead he waved play on leaving Kelly and the rest of the Tennyson players somewhat frustrated.

Worse was to follow when two minutes short of half time a quick break out of their own half by Swifts saw them take the lead.

The visitors extended their lead early in the second half with a back post header from a cross into the box.

At this stage Caistor could have feared they would be on the end of a drubbing but they rallied well.

They dug in deep and it was defender Aaron Ford who reduced the arrears with a shot that was deflected on its way into goal.

The final quarter of the match saw both teams pressing at various stages,Tennyson for the equaliser and Swifts to get a third to put the game beyond Caistor’s reach.

Neither side managed it and the game ended with a narrow 2-1 win to Swifts but with Tennyson taking comfort from a gutsy effort.