Alex Sismore was the star of the show for Ketton as they fought back from 2-0 down to extend their unbeaten run in the PDFL Premier Division to ten games.
The Rutland club’s 5-2 victory on Saturday over Riverside saw them climb up to fourth in the table as their remarkable rise continues, however they have now played up to six games more than some of the sides around them as they are one of the few sides who have been both the wet and frost in recent weeks.
Manager Rob Ward, who is still unbeaten as the boss of Ketton, said: “The fact that we are up to fourth in the table is a real testament to how well the lads have done since I took over. Let’s hope we can carry that on right up to the end of the season.”
Played on the 3G at Stamford’s Borderville ground, it was the visitors who got off to a flying start, scoring the first goal after just 75 seconds. Ketton missed a couple of guilt edged chances before they were caught on the break to find themselves 2-0 down after 20 minutes. Alex Brockbank, back from suspension, handed Ketton a lifeline before the break, converting an Ian Marsh cross.
This spurred Ketton on in the second half. Firstly Sismore drew them level from another Marsh cross before the same pair combined for Sismore to expertly lob the ball over the goalkeeper to give Ketton the lead.
Skipper, Alex Collyer, duly made it 4-2 as Sismore found him in the box. Sismore wrapped up the scoring with a fierce strike from outside the box to complete his hat-trick. Marsh again the provider.
Ward said: “It’s another good result especially after our slow start. Riverside started really well and played some nice football early on but we never thought we were out of the contest. The goal before half time was very important.
“We were excellent in the second half and made the pitch big by playing some good football. I’m delighted for Siz, it was a great hat-trick. He’s been playing really well and we knew that once he got one he would be firing.”
Ketton: Charlie Hempsall, Matt Woodman, Seb Hood, Johnny Holmes, Matt Lawrence (Odie Wason), James Cracknell (Mat Bird), Alex Collyer, Dom Jones, Ian Marsh, Alex Brockbank (Andy Gray), Alex Sismore.
Riverside: Michael Botchway, Jordan Brodie, Ayden Campbell-Brazier, Sandro Carvalho, Keith Clark, Ian King, Dean Morgan, Liam Noble, Sam Pell, Sandro Silva, Neio Victor. Substitutes: Gareth Copland, Stuart Costello, Bradley Kemp