Ketton and Oakham United share the spoils in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Two goals in the final 10 minutes ensured the derby honours finished even as Oakham United hit back to net a share of the spoils with Ketton in Saturday’s Peterborough League Premier Division clash at Pit Lane.
Goals from Martin Trawford and Connor Breakell had given Ketton the advantage going into the half-time break before United levelled late on through James North and Shaun Archer.
The point apiece left both managers satisfied with the progress of their charges heading into the new year despite each feeling they should have taken maximum points from Saturday’s clash.
Ketton boss Matt Holdup said: “It was two points dropped overall. We were leading 2-0 going into the last 10 minutes so it was frustrating that we didn’t see the game out.
“We made a defensive error to let them back into the game. It got their heads up and they really went for it late on. They are a good young side but we were looking comfortable until the last 10 minutes.
“A third goal would have put the game to bed because 2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline. Their first goal encouraged them to push us back.
“But we have to take the positives out of the game in the fact that we’re now unbeaten in three matches.
“We are playing a lot better football than earlier in the season, but we have got to cut out the silly mistakes which we keep making.”
Both bosses were unhappy at the performance of referee Piotr Juszczyk with Oakham manager Graeme Archer feeling that two key decisions had cost his side their chance of victory.
He was unhappy with the award of a free-kick in the build-up to Ketton’s opening goal and felt his goalkeeper Harry Stephenson had the ball kicked from his grasp in a scramble for the hosts’ second strike.
Archer said: “The referee was as bad for them as well, but those two decisions cost us the game. They were crucial decisions which made a difference.
"We played them off the park. Some of the football we produced shows that we can give anybody in this league a game.
"It was an impressive performance and I was pretty pleased overall. It's easy to be downhearted after dominating games and not getting your rewards, but we played with passion and character.
"We felt like we had been robbed in the first half, but we showed a bit of patience and changed our shape slightly and got our reward.”
After an even opening 25 minutes, Ketton took the lead when Trawford headed home following the debated award of a free-kick.
They then doubled their lead when Ash Joseph’s presence caused concern in the Oakham box and the ball broke for Breakell to tap home.
Greg Rawlinson then had a great chance to add a third when he broke clear only to fire wide with just Stephenson to beat.
Oakham had fielded North and Reece Darby in a new-look attack which began to cause Ketton problems as the game wore on.
And, following Josh Robertson’s cross, Ketton failed to clear their lines and North tapped home to halve the deficit.
Oakham piled forward in search of an equaliser and gained their reward when Shaun Archer hit home the late leveller with a fine finish after a strong run.
The point was Oakham’s first in five games under new boss Graeme Archer after a stop-start opening to his reign.
Archer added: “We’ve only had five games in two-and-a-half months since I took over. I'm only just starting to see what players I can be comfortable with. We're having our pre-season in the middle of the season.
"We are having to rebuild while still trying to be competitive in the league. We're playing some good football though and the players are buying into what I want to do.”
Oakham host high-flying Peterborough North End Sports on Saturday while Ketton are without a game, much to the concern of boss Holdup whose side still have to face Netherton and North End Sports twice as well as return matches with Moulton Harrox and Parson Drove.
They now remain just two points clear of the bottom two spots following Leverington’s 4-0 home win over ICA Sports on Saturday.
Holdup commented: “We’ve got a lot of games left against the top sides and I hope that they staggered because it can be demoralising playing them week after week.
“We’ve still got Tydd to play twice, Holbeach Reserves, ICA Sports and Polonia so hopefully those games will break up the run of matches against the top teams.”
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