Ketton produced a strong performance against high-flying Sawtry on Saturday but were left with nothing to show for their endeavours.
It was always going to be an uphill task for the hosts as, with no goalkeepers available, manager Martin Rogers had to don the gloves. The task was made even more difficult when they conceded an early goal, despite starting well.
Ketton looked a threat when they passed the ball quickly. On the whole their first half chances were restricted to long range efforts but one of these was made to count when Josh Russell struck a curling effort into the bottom corner before the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern but the turning point came as the visitors introduced the league’s top scorer Craig Smith.
With ten minutes to go Ketton were caught on the break and Smith raced through one-on-one to finish with ease.
Two minutes later a similar break resulted in Sawtry adding a third and seemingly killing the game as a contest.
Ketton threw men forward and in after a string of corners Nico Greenwood headed home from close range to set up a thrilling last few minutes.
Assistant Manager, Andy Gray said: “Overall I thought we were excellent.
“We got caught a couple of times and Sawtry made us pay. That’s why they’re up there challenging as when you have the attacking power they have you can punish teams for mistakes. However we can take a lot of positives from the game and we tried to enforce that after the match. We played well.
“Not having a proper goal keeper certainly didn’t help. Martin did a great job filling in but at the end of the day he’s not a ‘keeper. We need to do something about it.”
Ketton face Hampton Sports away on Saturday.
Ketton: Martin Rogers, Mike Jenkins, Nico Greenwood, Scott Holland, Matt Woodman, Calum Betts, Calvin Whittle, Ian Marsh, Jamie Hill, Josh Russell, Alex Sismore. Subs: James Betts, Matt Lawrence.