A last minute winner from Calum Betts secured a hard fought win for Ketton in an open contest against Sutton Bridge on Saturday.
The hosts got off to the worst possible start conceding after just five minutes, failing to react after giving the ball away in a bad area.
Sutton Bridge were causing Ketton problems with a long ball down the middle and had it not been for some good saves by the returning Kev Fry the lead could have been extended. However, Ketton were a threat going forward and when good work from new signing Josh Russell saw him square for Ian Marsh to lash home from close range on 30 minutes the home team hoped they had turned a corner.
Russell had the ideal opportunity to send them into the break in front when Ketton were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time but the ‘keeper produced a fine save down to his left.
The second half remained an open affair but with a re-organised Ketton now having the better of the game. There were chances at either end but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the score level.
The defining moment came in the 89th minute as Ketton broke down the left wing. Jamie Hill made himself some space before dinking a deft cross to the back post where Calum Betts rose highest to head home from close range.
Stand-in Ketton manager Andy Gray said: “It was end-to-end stuff and a game that could have finished 4-4. They were better than us in the first half but we changed it at half time and looked much more solid after that.
“I’m delighted for Bettsy. For him to score a header is a bit of a collector’s item.
“I also thought Kev Fry did brilliantly for us. He hasn’t played for around five months but came in and made some important stops. It’s a big three points for us as we have some tough games coming up and we need to keep our momentum going.”
Ketton host third placed Sawtry in a tough game at Pit Lane this coming Saturday.
Ketton: Kev Fry, Mike Jenkins, Nico Greenwood, Scott Holland, Matt Lawrence, Calvin Whittle, Alex Collyer, James Farrell, Ian Marsh, Jamie Hill, Josh Russell. Subs: Alex Sismore, Matt Woodman, Calum Betts.
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