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Tydd triumph despite playing for 70 minutes with 10 men

Ketton came crashing back to reality after last week's epic victory over champions Netherton with a 2-1 away reversal at Tydd on Saturday.

The hosts played 70 minutes of the Peterborough League Premier Division contest with 10 men, but managed to keep a Ketton side - who were missing top scorer Tom Mann - at bay.

Manager Ian Abbott admitted his side's performance was like 'chalk and cheese' following their previous week's heroics in the 4-3 home success over Netherton.

Ketton manager Ian Abbott. (6826479)
Ketton manager Ian Abbott. (6826479)

Abbott said: "Our performance last week was incredible, but the lads just didn't seem up for it on Saturday.

"I thought that sort of performance would have given the lads a lift, but it seemed to have the opposite effect.

"It was a total contrast to the previous week. We were like chalk and cheese.

"We looked disjointed and nothing seem to click going forward. The desire wasn't there and I was very disappointed with the performance.

"Tom is obviously a key player for us. He can change games on his own, but we still have enough quality in the squad to win games without him."

Ketton fell behind early on when Tydd dangerman Jake Clitheroe was allowed too much time and space to create an opening to give the hosts the lead.

They then suffered a setback when Nick Ainslie was red-carded for violent conduct, but Ketton were unable to make their extra man count.

Greg Rawlinson did hit the post for the visitors after the break before Clitheroe claimed his and Tydd's second to double their lead.

Jacob Smitheringale was on target for Ketton. (6826477)
Jacob Smitheringale was on target for Ketton. (6826477)

Jacob Smitheringale reduced the arrears late on with a tidy finish, but it proved too little too late to save Ketton from their eighth away defeat of the season.

Abbott added: "We knew Jake Clitheroe was their main threat and I told the players before the game that we had to keep an eye on him, but they just didn't get close enough to him and gave him too much space.

"Tydd worked very hard. They were difficult to break down after having a player sent off and you have to give them credit.

"But we were hurried in our passing and our short game wasn't there. We resorted to the long ball or over-hit passes. It was painful at times."

Ketton now start a run of three successive home games on Saturday when they host an improving ICA Sports at Pit Lane.

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