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Strongest side seals second success

Jacob Smitheringale scored Ketton's second goal.; (4076218)
Jacob Smitheringale scored Ketton's second goal.; (4076218)

Ketton were able to put right the wrongs of the previous week's defeat as they claimed a 2-0 away success at Leverington in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

The Pit Lane side had conceded three goals in 10 minutes of last weekend's 3-2 home defeat against Long Sutton.

However, after being able to field their strongest side of the season, goals from Daniel Szymanski and Jacob Smitheringale secured a solid away success which delighted joint boss Chris Lyon.

He said: "We had played quite well the week before against Long Sutton, but we were all over the shop defensively for just 10 minutes which cost us.

"We felt a bit let down so the team talk was pretty short on Saturday about how we wanted the players to prove how much they wanted to play for the club.

"Apart from Alex Collyer, we were pretty much at full-strength which makes a huge difference and they went out and played really well.

"The players took last Saturday's defeat on the chin and went out and put it right which shows a great team spirit."

Ketton took the lead after 15 minutes when the emerging Szymanski timed his run from deep perfectly to latch onto a Connor Breakell cross and break the deadlock with a fine finish into the top corner.

The Rutlanders went close to increasing their lead on several occasions while goalkeeper Kian Pearce was only really forced into making one serious stop.

They eventually doubled their lead after 73 minutes when a back post corner was headed by Seb Hood into the path of Jacob Smitheringale who nodded home.

That secured Ketton's second success of the season and took their points haul to eight from as many games.

Lyon added: "We have dropped points in three games this season against Polonia, Langtoft and Long Sutton.

"We should probably have another six points which would be a lot more of a reasonable start and our position would be a lot more healthier.

"But it is what it is. It's still early in the season and we're still settling down after a very hectic start.

"Like most teams in the division, we haven't had a settled squad, but it has given the likes of Dan Szymanski the chance to step up and he's going to be an important player going forward.

"The performances will grow and we will only get better."

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