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Ketton are beaten 1-0 by Thorney in Peterborough League Premier Division clash at Pit Lane

Ketton boss Matt Holdup was left feeling frustrated as his side's search for their first Peterborough League Premier Division victory of the season continued following Saturday's 1-0 home reversal to Thorney.

Holdup was happy with the performance of his charges who have been the Premier Division’s Respect award for August.

However, he felt aggrieved that Ketton were denied an equaliser when Dom Jones' long range effort bounced off the underside of the crossbar and appeared to then hit the roof of the net before rebounding down onto the goalline.

Dom Jones thought he had equalised for Ketton. (16358690)
Dom Jones thought he had equalised for Ketton. (16358690)

Their celebrations though were cut short when referee Nicolae Manolescu ruled that the effort had not crossed the line.

Holdup said: "We played well. The attitude and commitment was back to where it should be after a lull in our last league game against Oakham.

"The lads put everything into it against a very good Thorney side.

"We had a bit of a lapse in concentration for their goal which led to a cracking strike, but it was so frustrating that Dom's effort was then ruled out shortly after.

"Everybody saw what happened apart from the referee - the ball hit the crossbar and then went into the roof of the net.

"We did feel hard done by because results like Saturday are hard to take. It's very frustrating.

"They probably felt that they deserved the win, but I thought we deserved a point. A draw would have been a fair result."

Ketton, who have yet to field a full-strength side this season, found themselves trailing to a goal towards the end of the first half.

They failed to close Joe Graham down as he burst forward and paid the price when he unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard strike into the home net.

Ketton dug deep and rallied and thought they had levelled when Jones returned with interest goalkeeper Ben Derbyshire's hurried clearance with a 30-yard first-time strike.

But the referee's call dashed their hopes of an equaliser and Thorney looked to make the most of the let-off after the break.

They created several good chances but were denied by a couple of excellent saves from Ketton goalkeeper James Hogg.

The contest then petered out with Thorney seeing the game through to move up into fourth place in the standings while Ketton remain second-from-bottom.

They now travel to Peterborough ICA Sports on Saturday with a squad which is likely to be decimated due to Jones' wedding as well as injuries to Jason Gough and Martin Trawford.

Ketton: Hogg, Gough, Trawford, Parker, Breakell, Collins, Rawlinson, Jones, Gray, Whittle, Lovejoy. Subs used: Rayner, J Szymanski, Thorpe. Not used: Farrell.

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