FOOTBALL: Caistor Tennyson seal points to stay top as title race heats up

Caistor Tennyson's Nathan Smith who scored the vital winning goal against AFG.
Caistor Tennyson's Nathan Smith who scored the vital winning goal against AFG.

With five games to go before the end of the season Caistor Tennyson remain top of the East Lincolnshire Combination League Division 3, after a hard fought 3-2 win against AFG.

A fierce wind combined with a very heavy pitch made ball control difficult and it was clear from the outset that this was never going to be a game for the purist.

ARG have signed a number of experienced players since the start of the season and clearly they were going to provide stiff opposition.

Tennyson made a bright start and created all the early pressure. The opening goal came after 20 minutes when Paul Lockington poked home a loose ball from close range.

Caistor’s defence had to withstand some pressure, but with Aaron Ford and Andy Belt marshalling the rear guard well, they managed to hold on to their single goal lead until the half time break.

In the second half Tennyson increasingly got on top as Lockington, Kieron Togher and Garry Nimmo created a degree of mayhem in the ARG defence.

Halfway through the half Nathan Smith drilled home to make it 2-0 with his best goal of the season. A defensive slip was always the danger however and it happened in the Tennyson rear guard to let ARG back in with five minutes to go.

Tennyson’s defence, though looking a little jittery under the pressure, managed to hold out for the last five minutes and keep their side’s top of the table position in place.

Sutton on Sea lie two points behind Caistor having played a game more while Chapel Swifts may be the main danger. They lie in third place but with three games in hand of Tennyson.