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Ketton defeat ICA Sports in Peterborough League Premier Division match

Ketton saw their recent efforts rewarded as they returned to winning ways with a 4-1 home success over ICA Sports in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

Manager Matt Holdup had been encouraged by the battling performances of his charges despite recent defeats to league leaders Netherton United and promotion-chasing Parson Drove.

And he was delighted their exploits then gained a positive return on Saturday courtesy of goals from Jonny Holmes, Keith Gray, Matt Bird and Nick Mainstone.

Keith Gray (31171493)
Keith Gray (31171493)

The victory also avenged a 5-1 away reversal against ICA last month and opened up a nine-point gap over bottom-of-the-table Tydd who are Ketton's next opponents in back-to-back games over the next two weeks.

Holdup said: "The lads have been really good during the past couple of weeks. We went to both Netherton and Parson Drove with a game-plan which worked to a point.

"We knew that Saturday's game was a massive one for us and it was nice for the lads to get some reward.

"We owed ICA one after losing to them last month so it was nice to turn the tables."

Ketton were boosted by the return of Cal Parker to a side which was missing Dan Szymanski, Jorge Barbosa, Ash Joseph and Toby Marumhoko.

Parker added a physical presence to the Ketton midfield and was perfect foil to the creativity of Connor Breakell, Dom Jones and Mainstone.

Ketton boss Matt Holdup with Cal Parker. (31171495)
Ketton boss Matt Holdup with Cal Parker. (31171495)

They made a promising start and broke the deadlock inside the opening 15 minutes when Jones delivered a great ball which was knocked back by Gray for Holmes to volley home at the far post.

The lead was doubled 10 minutes later when a free-kick to the back post was headed into the six-yard box and Gray grabbed the decisive touch ahead of an ICA defender.

Ketton then took their foot off the gas and allowed ICA to halve the deficit before the break through Braden Henson.

They then had to weather a minor storm from the visitors at the start of the second period before regaining control of proceedings.

A third goal then cemented their control of proceedings with Bird's effort proving the highlight of the contest.

Breakell played a ball over the top and Bird flew past the last man before dinking an audacious finish over the advanciing keeper.

Ketton then sealed their success in the last 10 minutes when Parker's pass was converted at the far post by Mainstone.

Ketton: James, Bell, Woodman, Oakes, Holmes, Bird, Breakell, Parker, Gray, Jones, Mainstone. Subs: Cunnington, Farrell. Not used: Brew, Uglow.

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