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Tom's treble helps sink Langtoft

Ketton boss Ian Abbott has issued a fresh challenge to his charges after they passed their latest target with flying colours.

Abbott saw his side collect their third successive Peterborough League Premier Division victory on Saturday with a 6-3 away success at Langtoft United.

The hat-trick of wins has moved Ketton up to 11th place in the table - the same spot as they finished last season.

And Abbott, who took over at Pit Lane in the close season, now wants his side to better that position as they target a fourth consecutive league win when they entertain Peterborough Sports Development on Saturday.

Ketton boss Ian Abbott. (5915137)
Ketton boss Ian Abbott. (5915137)

He said: "We achieved what we set out to do by winning our last three games.

"It was a mini target and the lads realised the importance of the games. They have shown consistency which has been helped by having to make so few changes.

"It was a brilliant response and I am really proud of them.

"We're now in the same league position as the club finished last season. I wanted to better that when I took over.

"Realistically I want to have a shot at finishing as high as eighth. It's not out of the question.

"Peterborough Sports are a good side, but they've lost their last two games, against decent opposition, while we're full of confidence.

"We've got a strong squad so we're looking for our fourth win on the bounce."

A hat-trick from the in-form Tom Mann - whose brother Will has also been added to the Ketton ranks this week - helped fire them to their latest victory on Saturday as he continued his scoring streak.

Abbott enthused: "Tom's been absolutely brilliant. He's a fantastic player with a great attitude. He was a real threat all game and caused Langtoft a whole world of problems.

"He's been a breath of fresh air since coming back to the club and is capable of changing the game on his own."

Ian Marsh (5915146)
Ian Marsh (5915146)

A solid Ketton start saw them take the lead when Matt Woodman's pinpoint diagonal pass picked out Jamar Dobson who controlled the ball before smashing home a shot into the top corner.

Langtoft, who had the strong wind in their favour in the opening period, equalised shortly after with a good goal.

But the wand-like free-kick expertise of Ian Marsh put Ketton back in front midway through the first half when he curled a free-kick into the top corner from outside the Langtoft penalty area following a foul on Mann.

Langtoft again equalised from a setpiece, but Ketton restored their lead eight minutes before half-time when Mann took on several home defenders to score a fine individual goal.

A fourth goal on the stroke of half-time then tightened Ketton's grip on the game as Marsh's corner was headed home by Seb Hood.

Ketton continued their hard work after the break and added a fifth goal midway through the second half when substitute Dom Jones teed up Mann for his second of the afternoon.

Mann then completed his hat-trick shortly after with his ninth goal in the last six games before Ketton took their foot off the gas.

Langtoft reduced the arrears to 6-3 and had a couple more good chances late on only to be denied by some excellent saves from young Ketton goalkeeper James Hogg to ensure bragging rights the next day for boss Abbott who plays Sunday football with several of the Vikings players.

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