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Table-topping Harrox hit eight goals past Rutland side

Ketton's four-match winning run came to a shuddering halt as they crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season at table-topping Moulton Harrox on Saturday.

Harrox hit eight goals without reply as a Ketton side missing a number of key players were put to the sword by the Peterborough League Premier Division leaders.

Ian Abbott's charges had gone into the contest looking to equal the club's best-ever Premier Division run of five successive victories.

But, despite creating a couple of good chances in the early exchanges, they were unable to prevent Moulton opening up a seven-point gap at the top.

Ketton manager Ian Abbott. (6197909)
Ketton manager Ian Abbott. (6197909)

Abbott said: "We had four players missing who are crucial to us. No disrespect to the guys who came in, but the quality was missing.

"We also had four or five other lads who did not try as hard as they could have done.

"We should have taken the lead in the first five minutes when Joe Hussey got clean through but missed in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

"Who knows what would happened if we had scored early, but Moulton have got some good players and you can see why they are top of the league.

"The consistency we have had in selection in recent weeks wasn't there. We had 50 per cent of the defence missing and two of the midfield three."

Moulton made the most of Ketton's early miss by smashing home six goals in the first period and then adding another brace after the break.

Declan Earth and Danny Maddison both bagged doubles for the hosts with Ashley Coddington, Josh McGuire, Marcus Parry and Matthew Watkin also on target to leave Ketton ninth in the table going into the new year.

Abbott added: "The damage was done in the first half and I said to the lads at half-time to go out and play with a bit of pride to keep the score down.

"I am still proud of what the lads have achieved to get the four wins before Saturday, but going to play a good side like Moulton when you're not at your strongest was always going to be difficult.

"I am happy with our league position though. Saturday was an eye-opener for us, but there is plenty to build on going into the new year."

Ketton, who handed a debut to new signing Tom Lancaster as a second half substitute at the weekend, are next in action on January 5 when they host Holbeach United Reserves in the quarter-final of the PFA Senior Cup.

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