Two goals in each half secure Trophy progress
Two goals in each half helped Ketton Reserves to a 4-0 derby victory over Uppingham’s second string in their Leicestershire Trophy tie at Pit Lane on Saturday.
Ketton started the game superbly by coming out well on top in the first five minutes which resulted in their first goal of the afternoon.
Captain Alex Collyer swung in a dangerous free kick from just shy of the halfway line and Seb Hood was on hand at the back post to guide the ball home from close range.
Uppingham didn’t offer much for Ketton to worry about and the remainder of the first half became a very physical encounter with some tasty tackles and very little in the way of clear-cut chances for either side.
However, just before the break, some neat football down the Ketton left between Jack Szymanski and Frankie Philpott saw the latter with space 25 yards out.
Philpott took full advantage by driving the ball over the Uppingham keeper and into the roof of the net.
The second half saw Ketton take full control with Sam Linford making his full debut up front meaning the Uppingham back four had little respite.
It was Linford who assisted the third Ketton goal as he lifted the ball through for Philpot to run clear of the Uppingham back line.
With the ball bouncing Philpott calmly lifted it over the on-rushing keeper for his second of the game.
Ketton finished the match strongly with Uppingham only having one or two chances in the whole half.
Midfielder Mat Bird then finished things off with a well-struck shot from 18-yards out.
It could and probably should have been more with Hood missing two good chances while Szymanski took the crown for miss of the season after skying the ball from six-yards out with the goal gaping.
In the end it didn’t matter as Ketton marched into the third round to the delight of manager Matt Holdup.
He said: “This was our fourth or fifth week with a settled side and it’s starting to show.
“We played some good football at times but the attitude and togetherness we are building is most pleasing.
“It was a great result and it’s nice to have a cup run so long may it continue.
“We have a tough game this week against Stamford Lions Reserves and we need to put in a performance there to make up for a very poor show from us in the return fixture earlier this season.”