Ketton look to bounce back from second loss

Action from Ketton's lose to Pinchbeck United. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160322-103425001
Action from Ketton's lose to Pinchbeck United. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-160322-103425001
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Ketton suffered their second successive PDFL Premier Division defeat on Saturday as Pinchbeck United left Pit Lane with the points following a 2-1 victory.

The visitors made a whirlwind start, taking the lead after just 10 seconds as Ketton failed to react allowing Tony Edwards to score. This is the second time in as many games that Ketton have conceded in the opening seconds.

As the game wore on Ketton began to get a foothold and they levelled on 32 minutes. Right back Johnny Holmes went on a mazy run and squared to Ian Marsh who deftly found the top corner with his right foot.

Parity did not last long as just six minutes later Pinchbeck restored their advantage. They broke quickly but Ketton stopped appealing for hand ball. Play was waved on and Ian Dunn slipped the ball to Liam Ogden who made no mistake.

Ketton had the better of the second half but chances were few and far between. The best opportunity came in the final minute as debutant Antonio Dello Russo, a recent signing from Blackstones, was denied one-on-one.

Rob Ward, Ketton manager, said: “Again we got off to the worst possible start by conceding so early and it gave us an uphill battle from the word go. It was a similar story to our last few games where we did well in spells but never grabbed control of the game.

“To be fair Pinchbeck were good on the day, they play in to their target man or aim to go long and beat the full backs and are well drilled at that. A few lapses in concentration cost us two goals, in a game we defended relatively well otherwise. We didn’t create anywhere near enough chances which meant we couldn’t get on the score sheet.

“It’s not doom and gloom having lost the last two as both sides we’ve played were decent but I was left thinking we should really have troubled the Pinchbeck keeper and got an equaliser in the second half. We want to be in that top six come the end of the season so really need to take points off those clubs to stay in there.”

Ketton: Dan Swan, Johnny Holmes (Luke Watson), Seb Hood, Martin Trawford, Matt Lawrence, Jack Speechley, Dom Jones (Antonio Dello Russo), Alex Collyer, Ian Marsh, Alex Sismore (Alex Brockbank), Lewis Morley. Subs not used: Mat Bird & Andy Gray.