Ketton returned to winning ways in the PDFL Premier Division with a narrow 2-1 win at Sawtry on Saturday.
It was far from a classic but Ketton made a good start, duly taking the lead in the 21st minute as the excellent Antonio Dello Russo set-up Alex Brockbank.
The lead was short lived as on 28 minutes Dale Browne equalised for Sawtry. There appeared to be a handball in the build-up but the referee waved play on. Sawtry were unlucky not to take the lead before the break when they had a goal disallowed for offside despite the original ball appearing to come off a Ketton player.
The second half was short on goalmouth action but the Rutlanders had the majority of the ball. Johnny Holmes came close before the breakthrough arrived in the 82nd minute as Dello Russo earned a free kick out wide. Ian Marsh found Martin Trawford who headed home to secure Ketton the points.
Ketton manager, Rob Ward, reflected: “I was really pleased how we started the game, we took control from the first whistle and created some chances quite early on. With the surface in relatively good condition it really allowed us to knock the ball around well and that really gave us the advantage.
“The first goal came from some really good play from our new boy Antonio [Dello Russo] who was a real handful throughout.
“The Sawtry equaliser was a clear handball and a clear miss from the ref that rocked us for a short period. After our talk at half time we regrouped and started the second half just as we did in the first on top. We threw some more bodies forward in the last 20 minutes to get the winner with Dom Jones, Lewis Morley and Antonio [Dello Russo] running the Sawtry defence ragged.
“But the winner ended up coming from a cross and a great head from Trawford to take the three points for us. After our last two games ending in defeat I was really keen for us to get back on track this week so the fact we did is a great feeling and I’m even more pleased with how well we played.”
Ketton: Dan Swan, Sean Topping, Martin Trawford, Johnny Holmes, Matt Lawrence, Lewis Morley (James Farrell), Dom Jones, Alex Collyer, Alex Brockbank (Jack Speechley), Antonio Dello Russo.