Ketton claim vital Peterborough League Premier Division victory after away win at Leverington Sports
Ketton claimed a crucial Peterborough League Premier Division victory as their one-goal win at Leverington on Saturday moved them four points clear of their second-from-bottom hosts.
Connor Breakell bagged the all-important goal but Ketton were earlier indebted to goalkeeper Josh James who produced a superb penalty save to prevent Leverington from taking the lead.
It helped ensure Ketton have claimed four points from their last two games after a fine all-round performance which pleased manager Matt Holdup.
He said: "It was a good performance and a very good result from what was a real six-pointer for us.
"We are taking small increments. The league's probably split into two this season so it's important we get as many points as we can against the teams around us and then anything we get from playing the big boys is a bonus.
"We played some good stuff on Saturday on a very heavy pitch. We showed a lot more belief on the ball and looked confident.
"Josh's penalty save was also fantastic. It was a good penalty, but he got himself down to push it away.
"I was really pleased for him because he's been superb recently. He's worked at his game and some of the fantastic saves he's made speaks volume about him."
Ketton took an early grip on proceedings, but were rocked midway through the half when Cal Parker brought down the home striker in the box.
However, James' penalty-saving heroics kept Ketton on level terms and they started to cause the home side problems through their lively front three of Breakell, Dom Jones and Nick Mainstone.
Shaun Dennis, Jorge Barbosa and Dan Szymanski were industrious in the Ketton midfield and helped drive the side on to break the deadlock.
Jacob Parkin linked up well down the left with Jones whose cross was deftly glanced home by Breakell from his near-post run.
Ketton then saw out of the remainder of the first half and, despite a slow start to the second period, managed to contain their hosts.
Leverington applied some late pressure, but Ketton defended well and the introductions of Jonny Holmes, Ash Joseph and Toby Marumhoko gave them an extra boost.
Marumhoko could have doubled Ketton's lead late on but sent his close range header wide of the mark.
Ketton are on their travels again this weekend when they visit ICA Sports.
Ketton: James, Bell, Parkin, Trawford, Parker, Barbosa, Dennis, Szymanski, Jones, Mainstone, Breakell. Subs used: Holmes, Joseph, Marumhoko.
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