Ketton earn a deserved draw

Ketton v Netherton United in the opening match of the PDFL Premier Division season. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150408-115714001
Ketton v Netherton United in the opening match of the PDFL Premier Division season. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150408-115714001

Ketton gave their small fan base plenty to be positive about after they fought out a 2-2 draw with Netherton United in their first match in the PDFL Premier Division.

The Rutland village side were promoted last season and must have wondered which cruel person had created the fixture list when they were drawn against one of the perennial promotion and title favourites from Peterborough.

But in front of a crowd of 284 people at Pit Lane, thanks to its inclusion in the Groundhop weekend, Ketton made the absolute perfect start, catching Netherton cold and scoring in the first 20 seconds through Ash Clipston. Or at least they thought they had, in fact the referee scrubbed if off having judged that striker Will Bird had fouled the opposition keeper in the build up. It was a glaring warning for the visitors.

Despite Ketton continuing to create chances it was United who took the lead. Tom Randall made headway down the left hand side and found space to best Daniel Swan in the Ketton net. However on the half hour mark the hosts were level thanks to a header by Ben Waldron from an Ian Marsh corner.

Netherton showed their class after the break and started to assert pressure so it was no surprise when they took the lead through Dwayne Rankin, he turned well and released a shot that had Swan beaten.

But Ketton showed great spirit and manager Darren Edey through caution to the wind, pushing Bird up higher in more attacking formation and his risk paid off. Seven minutes from time the youngster was fouled in the penalty area to allow Alex Brockbank the chance to equalise from the spot.

Ketton host Stanground tomorrow, 2pm ko.