Ketton Reserves’ chances of a league and cup double were ended by Riverside Rovers on Saturday in a close League Shield encounter.
Although Ketton were technically the home side, the game was played at a windy Werrington where the elements didn’t help the spectacle in the first half.
Ketton resorted to a long ball too frequently in the gusty conditions resulting in a half of few chances. On the odd occasion that Ketton got the ball wide they looked dangerous such as when Lewis Morley headed narrowly over from close range.
Ketton started the second period much better and finally passed the ball with more conviction. Will Bird came close only to be denied by a last ditch challenge and Morley saw a fiercely struck shot tipped onto the post and away before Bird again came close.
However, Riverside were always a threat and with 20 minutes to play Ketton gave the ball away in a dangerous area for Riverside to break and take the lead. Despite throwing men forward in search of an equaliser in the last 15 minutes Ketton could not find a breakthrough.
“Disappointment doesn’t come close,” said stand-in manager Andy Gray. “For me that was a competition that we could and should have won so to be in charge and see us get knocked out was hard to take.
“Credit to Riverside, we beat them comfortably earlier in the season but they played well on Saturday. It could have gone either way but we couldn’t get our passing going which hampered us.
“On the plus side league results went in our favour at the weekend and we are in with a real shout of the title which is now our sole aim. It’s in our own hands which is about as much as you can ask for.”
Ketton Res: Tom Dobrowolski, Dan Vernon (Shaun Topping), Martin Trawford, Johnny Holmes, Alex Griffin, Calum Betts, Danny Clarke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Nick Maidstone (Andy Gray), Lewis Morley (Aaron Young), Will Bird. Subs not used: James Chatterton and Karl Holdsworth.
Meanwhile Ketton’s 1st team endured a disappointing afternoon against bottom side Hampton Sports in division one of the Peterborough and District League.
Ian Marsh and Matt Woodman scored as Ketton drew 2-2. Ketton now have a week off before taking on third-placed Langtoft.
Ketton: Kevin Fry, Nick Greenwood, Jamie Hill, Scott Holland, Matt Lawrence, Ian Marsh, Marc McLeod, Alex Sismore, Ben Waldron, Calvin Whittle, Matt Woodman. Subs: James Betts, Alex Collyer, James Farrell.