Compact Ketton make it 11 unbeaten in the league

Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095114001
Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095114001
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Ketton made it 11 PDFL Premier Division games unbeaten with a narrow win 1-0 at Stilton on Saturday despite late controversy.

Gale force winds meant resulted in a very scrappy game that was far from easy on the eye. The referee even considered calling it off after 24 minutes. Ketton will be happy that both managers agreed to play on as just three minutes later Ian Marsh’s cross-field pass deflected off to Alex Brockbank who neatly slid the ball home. The Rutland side went close again on the half hour mark as Seb Hood rose to meet a Matt Woodman cross but somehow the ball hit the post when it looked certain to go in. A well driven free kick from Brockbank was tipped over for the final action of the half.

The second period was largely a stalemate short on incident, save for some heavy tackling, until the closing stages. Stilton were reduced to ten men as their skipper received his second yellow of the game for a foul on the lively Lewis Morley in the 85th minute. He was duly followed by the player manager on 90 minutes as he was shown a straight red after fouling Morley and then reacting by pushing him to the ground.

As if that wasn’t enough late drama Stilton were then denied what looked to be an equaliser deep into injury time. A long range shot flew into the top corner only for the ball to ricochet back off the stanchion with the referee waving play on, thinking it had hit the post.

Ketton manager Rob Ward said: “The winds effected every pass, cross and shot meaning the game was scrappy and the ball spent far more time out of play than in play.

“The first half was in our favour as we had some wind behind us and we looked well in control. That was capped off by Brocky’s goal and we certainly looked good for our lead at half time.

“I was really pleased with how well we worked without the ball to stay compact and not allow Stilton much room to play in our half of the field. It was certainly not an enjoyable game to watch but I’m really pleased with the result.”

Ketton: Dan Swan, Matt Woodman, Seb Hood, Johnny Holmes, Matt Lawrence, Lewis Morley, Alex Collyer, Dom Jones, Ian Marsh, Alex Sismore (Jack Speechley), Alex Brockbank (James Farrell). Sub not used: Andy Gray.