Ketton’s top scorer Collyer delivers victory

Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095313001
Action from Ketton FC v Stilton United. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151221-095313001

Ketton came back from trailing at halftime to beat Langtoft United 2-1 in their first PDFL Premier Division match of the year.

The game at the Vikings’ Manor Way Sports Ground was heavily influenced by the conditions on Saturday. The pitch was heavy and the wind was blowing a gale from one end to the other. This meant Ketton struggled to play their normal game, especially in the first half.

The first half started slowly for both teams with Langtoft getting the best of the first 20 minutes. After that Ketton started to get a grip on the game and were disappointed to go a goal down towards the end of the first half as Joe Dobson chased down a through ball and finished it well.

Ketton settled themselves at the break and refocused to good effect. As a result the visitors came flying out the blocks in the second half and piled the pressure on Langtoft.

The equaliser came from a fantastic strike by Ketton skipper Alex Collyer, who saw the net billow with a top corner strike from 25 yards out.

Ketton then took the lead shortly after when Seb Hood headed home from an Collyer corner.

Ketton remained on top in the second half but couldn’t quite get a third goal.

The only downside to the game from the Rutland side’s point of view was the dismissal of Lewis Morley who received a second yellow card late on in the game after a scrap for possession in the Langtoft box saw both Lewis and a Langtoft player receive yellow cards.

Ketton manager Rob Ward said he was delighted with the win which sees them leapfrog Langtoft into eighth place in the league.

Ward said: “The game was a real battle throughout and that’s not something we have come up against during my time in charge, so I’m really pleased with the result and the even more so the manner in which we got it.

“It’s a game where we worked hard to stick to our own plan in difficult conditions.

“As always there were lots of positives from my perspective and our list of things to work on in training is decreasing which is testament to how well and hard the lads have been working to improve as a team.

“As a manager I can only hope this continues right through till the end of the season.”

Ketton host Crowland on Saturday, kick off 2pm.