Decent display helps net deserved victory
Ketton’s revenge mission proved successful as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Peterborough Senior Cup with a 3-1 home success over Long Sutton on Saturday.
The Pit Lane side’s management team of Ian Abbott and Chris Lyon had been left frustrated by a 3-2 home Premier Division loss against the Magpies at the start of the month.
But their charges responded in style on Saturday with a determined display to seal cup progress courtesy of goals from Keith Gray, Greg Rawlinson and Jacob Smitheringale.
Lyon enthused: “All in all it was a decent performance and we owed Long Sutton that after the defeat in the league.
“We're happy that we're now through to the next round of the Peterborough Senior Cup and we definitely deserved it as well.
“I was especially pleased with the character we showed when Long Sutton scored their goal to make it 2-1. The players kept their heads and concentration levels high.”
Ketton were able to field a strong squad for the first round clash with Jamar Dobson and Alex Collyer their only absentees.
A bright start saw them take the lead after 11 minutes when Gray headed home following a corner from Dan Symanski.
The lead was doubled after 34 minutes when an excellent through ball from Dom Jones was met by a fine finish from Rawlinson into the bottom corner.
Sutton reduced the arrears after the break, but Ketton wrapped up the win late on with 17-year-old debutant Frankie Philpot, on as a substitute, providing the assist for Smitheringale to score from close range.
The Magpies had a further chance when they were awarded a controversial penalty, but home goalkeeper Kian Pearce made a super save to seal his side’s success.
Lyon added: “We had a strong side out with Keith Gray at 39-years-old stepping in and having a cracking game, but our man of the match was Dan Symanski with another fine performance from midfield.
“Their penalty was dubious, but Kian made a good save to ensure the score was what it deserved to be and not closer.”
Ketton are in action on Tuesday night when they travel to United Counties League Division One side Aylestone Park in the Leicestershire Senior Cup.
They then have a tough away match at Whittlesey in the Peterborough League Premier Division on Saturday.