Ketton draw with Parson Drove as Dom Jones scores stunning late leveller
A stunning last-gasp strike from Dom Jones helped Ketton pocket a superb point against much-fancied Parson Drove in their Peterborough League Premier Division opener on Saturday.
Jones smashed a shot into the top corner of the Drove net from 35 yards with just a minute remaining of Saturday's clash at Pit Lane to earn a share of the spoils.
Manager Matt Holdup labelled his side's display as the 'perfect performance' as they matched one of the Premier Division big guns to get their new campaign off to a strong start.
Goalkeeper Kian Pearce had earlier saved a first half penalty as an excellent all-round team effort drew plenty of praise from the Ketton boss whose side have a daunting start to the new season.
Holdup said: "We looked at our first three fixtures - Parson Drove, Stamford Lions and Moulton Harrox - before the game and knew that they were all going to be tough.
"We had identified the games this season where we wanted to be picking up points from so to get anything from the first three games would have been a bonus.
"We did ride at our luck at times on Saturday, but it wasn't a case of just scraping a draw. We played some really nice football and a point was fully deserved.
"I would have probably have been happy with a 1-0 defeat after our performance so it was brilliant to get the equaliser. We were all pretty chuffed.
"We had spent the last four or five weeks of pre-season trying to change the mentality of the players.
"We had been drilling into them about rallying round their team-mates after conceding a goal and really pulling together.
"It was great that they took it on board. It proved our point and they got their reward for it. It was a perfect performance."
Ketton had fallen behind after just five minutes of Saturday's contest as they were caught cold from a free-kick and the ball was slipped in behind the defence to be slotted home.
Holdup's charges heeded his advice about sticking together and they produced a workmanlike performance in the first half with Jack Szymanski showing a fantastic work-rate in attack.
The visitors came close to doubling the lead with a superbly-struck long range shot which looked destined for the back of the home net only for Pearce to pull off a stunning save.
The stand-in Ketton custodian then excelled again moments later when Parson Drove were awarded a penalty following a foul by Cal Parker.
Pearce went the right way to save penalty which ensured Ketton went in at half-time just a goal adrift.
They started to get more of a foothold in the game in the second half while their back three of Parker, Martin Trawford and Ed Thorpe dealt comfortably with any Drove raids.
Substitutes Jonny Holmes and Greg Rawlinson were then introduced and they combined for the late leveller.
Holmes won possession in the centre of the park and fed Rawlinson who burst forward before teeing up Jones to fire, what Holdup described as 'an absolute rocket,' into the Drove net.
Ketton now turn their attentions to a home derby with Stamford Lions on Tuesday night (kick-off 6.30pm) before travelling to face reigning champions Moulton Harrox on Saturday.
Holdup added: "We're not getting carried away after this result.
"Parson Drove will be up there at the end of the year, but Stamford Lions will be an even harder game so we need to keep the same mentality before going to Moulton which is somewhere very few teams get a result from."
Ketton: Pearce, Thorpe, Parker, Trawford, Breakell, Jones, Lovejoy, Oakes, Whittle, J Szymanski, D Szymanski. Subs used: Holmes, Rawlinson. Not used: Gray, Medwynter, Gough.