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Competition for places with extra strength in depth

New signing Andy Moss with joint Ketton boss Ian Abbott. (4747744)
New signing Andy Moss with joint Ketton boss Ian Abbott. (4747744)

Ketton handed debuts to three new signings as they suffered a 4-1 home defeat against Thorney in Saturday’s Peterborough League Premier Division clash.

Former Wittering striker Andy Moss has joined the Pit Lane side from league rivals Peterborough ICA while James Betts has returned to the club from near neighbours Stamford Bels with Jorge Barbosa making the switch from Yaxley Reserves.

Joint Ketton boss Chris Lyon is hoping the triple transfer swoop will give the club more strength in depth as they were missing Cal Parker, Matthew Woodham, Jacob Smitheringale, Dom Jones, Dan Symanski, and Connor Breakell for Saturday’s home reversal.

Lyon said: “The new signings are all very good players who will now give us competition for places moving forward.

“We were OK on Saturday. It was not a disappointing performance but nor a decent performance.

“Unfortunately you can’t play just OK against a team like Thorney with the likes of Ondre Odain and Sam Donohoe who arguably on their day are two of the best players at this level.

“Thorney are a decent side who can definitely hurt you if you are not at your best.”

A slow start saw Ketton concede two goals in the opening 10 minutes, both coming from corners.

The hosts then halved the deficit after forcing four consecutive corners with Betts’ delivery being met by a fine headed finish from Johnny Holmes.

Despite being 2-1 down at the interval, Ketton were still in the game but a flat second half performance allowed Thorney too much time on the ball and they added two good goals before the end.

Reserve goalkeeper Josh James made the step up to the first team with regular number one Kian Pearce breaking his hand last week against Whittlesey which will keep him sidelined for six weeks.

Ketton Reserves made progress in the Leicestershire Trophy after a 4-1 away success at Medbourne on Saturday.

Pascal Onye struck twice for the Rutlanders with Keith Gray and Ben Farrer also on target.

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