Ketton’s new manager Rob Ward earned his first victory with the club on Saturday as they beat Deeping Rangers Reserves 3-0 at Pit Lane in the PDFL Premier Division.
The result is not just a significant landmark for the newest Rutland manager but one for the club who were thrashed 9-0 by the visitors back in September when they first met in the league.
That, and a difference of opinion about the off-field running of the club, prompted manager Darren Edey to leave. In the short term Andy Gray took the reins until a successor could be found.
Ward took over at the start of November and has seen the club earn an ‘excellent’ 2-2 draw a Holbeach before drawing twice more with Peterborough ICA Sports, although they lost the second game in the PFA Senior Cup on penalties.
However during that time Ward has been trying to instill a new philosophy and the Ketton players seem to be buying into it.
Ward summed up his new style as: “Order - everyone has a job and each unit is responsible for their own part of the game.
“It’s about getting as many players forward in attack without leaving ourselves exposed at the back.
“I like things black and white so everyone knows what they are doing.”
“From my perspective I was really pleased with the whole package on Saturday.”
Ketton took the lead in the blustery conditions after 15 minutes. Johnny Holmes played in Lewis Morley who jinked past two defenders before unleashing a shot into the net.
The home side struck again just before the half hour mark. Morley crossed the ball in and the Deeping goalkeeper failed to get a clean catch on the ball, it fell to Alex Sismore who selflessly passed to Alex Brockbank who scored from tight quarters.
After the break Ketton finished off the match with a well worked team goal which saw half the team involved in the build up. The move was was rounded off when Lewis Morley released Sismore into a wide position, he crossed to Brockbank whose first attempt was kept out by the keeper only for him to convert the rebound.
Both teams finished with 10-men on the park after Brockbank was involved in a confrontation with an opposition player.
Ketton twice went close to adding some gloss to the score in the closing moments by a Ben Waldron header and James Cracknell strike, but both struck the woodwork.
Ketton have the weekend off before playing Stilton United on December 19 in the final game of 2015.
Ketton: Dan Swan, Matt Woodman, Seb Hood, Johnny Holmes, Matt Lawrence, Lewis Morley, Jack Speechley (Ben Waldron), Alex Collyer (Mat Bird), Ian Marsh, Alex Sismore (James Cracknell), Alex Brockbank. Subs not used: James Farrell & Andy Gray.