Late goal seals Ketton’s semi-final spot

Baston v Ketton in the Chairman Championship Shield. Photo: John Evely EMN-141216-131544001

Baston v Ketton in the Chairman Championship Shield. Photo: John Evely EMN-141216-131544001

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Ketton qualified for the semi-final of the Chairman Championship Shield with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Baston on Saturday.

In a first half where neither keeper were really tested, Ketton struggled to play any real quality football, and constantly gave the ball away time after time. The best effort of the half fell to Jonny Holmes who hooked a volley over the bar from a corner.

Ketton improved slightly after the break and slowly took the upper hand, although Baston always looked dangerous on the break. With a number of players playing with illnesses changes were made and the introduction of James Betts, and the management duo of Darren Edey and Ricky Speechley seemed to bring Ketton to life.

Baston’s main threat came down the left from substitute Ben Cowles, who running at his man seemed to cause confusion and panic in the Ketton backline but for the half chance to be squandered.

Baston’s main chance of the half fell to Kyle Kirkland who found himself with half a yard from a corner only to fire his header straight at the Ketton keeper Swann.

Edey set Alex Collyer up for two good chances but the keeper pulled off good saves to deny him, however he could do nothing about Ketton’s winner in the 85th minute as Collyer got on the end of a Speechley free kick and cooly slid the ball past the helpless keeper.

Edey said: “I told them at half time that in cup games it’s about the result more than the performance, we were very poor today but Ricky [Speechley] is getting fitter each week and will be a valuable asset over the remainder of the season.

“To be able to bring on experience is sometimes the key to winning games as Saturday proved.

“Coz [Alex Collyer] will be disappointed he didn’t get a hat-trick and he maybe should have but the fact he made the chances with some great runs into the box is the main thing.”

Baston manager Clarke said: “The performance was 100 percent better than in recent weeks and I assured the lads that performances like that, week in week out, will see the side return to winning ways very quickly.”