Ketton extend their unbeaten run to nine

Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095219001

Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095219001

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Ketton climbed another place up the PDFL Premier Division title on Saturday with a comprehensive 5-2 victory over Crowland.

Most games across the league were beaten by the wet weather and the match at Pit Lane was heavily affected by the soggy conditions, but none the less Ketton made it nine games unbeaten in the league.

In fact Ward has not lost in the league since taking the reins at Ketton back in November, carrying on from the successful caretaker spell by Andy Gray.

Despite the differing fortunes of the two sides, second from bottom Crowland started the better of the two sides so it came as a bit of a shock when Ian Marsh gave the hosts the lead when he put away a rebound from a shot by Lewis Morley.

And it was Morley who got the second goal just before the break, heading home a clever lofted pass from Matt Woodman.

Ketton hammered home their advantage after the break, first Dom Jones put away a nice free kick from Woodman before substitute James Cracknell was set free, finishing calmly.

Dom Jones converted from a Woodman free kick before substitute James Cracknell made an immediate impact, finishing well from a Morley through ball.

Crowland scored a consolation goal on the break 20 minutes from time but Alex Collyer ended any remote thoughts of a comeback with Ketton’s fifth of the afternoon.

The visitors had the last say with a late penalty, which just went under the diving body of stand in goalkeeper Phil Bailey.

Ketton manager Rob Ward said: “I was really pleased with Saturday’s win. It was great to see that we still tried to play football on a heavy pitch and we created some really good opportunities when we played with tempo.

“It was a solid team performance which was very satisfying – everyone played a big part in the victory.”

Ketton host bottom-of-the-league Riverside on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

Ketton: Phil Bailey, Matt Woodman, Seb Hood (Odie Wason), Johnny Holmes, Matt Lawrence, Jack Speechley (James Cracknell), Alex Collyer, Dom Jones, Ian Marsh (Will Bird), Lewis Morley, Alex Sismore. Subs not used: Scott Holland and Andy Gray.