The men’s first team were knocked out of the Anagram Records Trophy in sudden death penalties after a see-saw game against NW London.
The tie, switched to Haringey Borough’s Coles Park stadium on a Saturday night, attracted the smallest crowd ever for a competitive CCTV men’s first team due to the £8 entrance fee.
NW London, probably the favourites for promotion in the league and faring well in several cups, deserved to lead 1-0 at half-time, though they’d been helped by a defensive error on our part.
It looked to be all over at 2-0 early in the second half but the Tons grew into the game and mounted a superb fight-back.
CCFC carried on pressing for a winner, something that had looked unlikely earlier, but it wouldn’t come, while Jack Francis made a superb smothering save at the other end to keep us in it.
But 2-2 and straight to penalties, and though we got our noses in front, it was NW London who held their nerve to win it 5-4 and progress to the next round.
For the Tons, there’s still two cup semi-finals to come, as well as a league challenge.
Player of the match
With no CCFC fans in the ground, the player of the match was selected by the management, choosing sub Samba Badjana.