ARG FC 1-2 Caistor Tennyson
Caistor Tennyson continued their pursuit of the East Lincs Combination Division 3 title with a well deserved 2-1 away victory against ARG FC.
Injuries to four key Tennyson players, meant manager Terry Lawrence had to utilise his full playing squad for what was anticipated to be a very challenging fixture on a heavy surface.
Caistor kicked off against a strong wind and it was ARG who settled the quicker of the two teams. Once Caistor shuffled their pack to match ARG’s line up of three central midfielders they soon got a foothold in the game with Rob Logan, Alex Wade and Alex Padley starting to dominate proceedings.
Despite this, Caistor proved to be masters of their own downfall for the first goal of the match. A free kick delivered from wide on the touch line was met by an ARG midfielder, who rose unchallenged and headed the ball into the Caistor goal.
Within five minutes Caistor were on level terms when a well worked counter attack involving several players saw Andy Belt dispatch a crisp drive into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Caistor were soon to take the lead with a poachers strike from Mike Kelly, a delightful cross from Keiran Togher was too much for the ARG goalkeeper to handle and Kelly smashed the ball in from six yards to the delight of his teammates.
With seconds left of the first half the ARG goalkeeper redeemed himself when saving a dipping 35-yard volley from Kelly, which looked destined for the back of the net.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first with the Caistor back four looking comfortable against the ARG forward line and always creating chances at the other end of the field.
Although there were no more goals in the game, the ARG goal lived a charmed life in the second half with the woodwork saving them on four occasions through terrific shots from Luke Clifford, Belt and Kelly.
Overall Caistor’s play and commitment deserved a greater margin of victory, but with two league games left to play it was a vital three points to add to their collection. This Saturday Caistor host North Somercotes in a cup semi final.