FOOTBALL: Caistor Tennyson through to cup final

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Caistor Tennyson 2-0 Alford Town

Caistor Tennyson reached the East Lincs Cup Final with a 2-0 win at home over Alford Town.

Three players returned to the side after a period out through injury, making it the strongest Tennyson team to take to the field for several matches.

The game began quietly with Tennyson dominating the early possession without creating too many chances. The visitors had their moments without looking threatening to the Caistor goal.

In truth it was a fairly flat first half with neither side looking capable of scoring. It demanded changes and Caistor made two introductions after the break to give some passion to their play.

They started the second half with a bang and a long speculative punt forward from the back caused unease in the Alford defence. The excellent Gary Nimmo latched on to the through ball and finished with aplomb to give Caistor the lead.

By the midway point of the second half Caistor were much more on top and dominating possession.

More and more chances were created and on the hour a long ball from sweeper Andy Belt found its way through to rangy striker Paul Lockington. He controlled well, holding off the challenges of two defenders before beating the ‘keeper confidently with his shot.

The score remained at 2-0 until the final whistle with the visitors not really looking like getting back on terms.

After a month’s lay off Nathan Harris returned to the centre of the Tennyson midfield and he turned in a man of the match performance with some powerful runs forward to supplement his creativity in the middle of the park. Lockington up front also did well causing unease in the Alford defence throughout.

Caistor will play Chapel Swifts in the final after they beat Fulstow 7-1 in the other semi.