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Ketton share the spoils in home Peterborough League Premier Division draw with Leverington

Ketton manager Matt Holdup felt his side took a step in the right direction despite letting a two-goal lead slip in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division draw at home to Leverington.

The Rutland side had raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes of the clash at Pit Lane courtesy of a Connor Breakell double.

But they were pegged back in the second period of the crunch clash as their search for a first league win of the season continues.

Connor Breakell bagged a brace in the 2-2 draw. (18835122)
Connor Breakell bagged a brace in the 2-2 draw. (18835122)

Holdup said: "The first half was the best 45 minutes of football we have played in a long time.

"We changed our system and switched some of the personnel about. I wanted to get after them from the start and play with a real high press.

"We scored two goals and were playing some really good football. We looked really comfortable.

"Leverington pushed three up front in the second half and we didn't really react to it.

"We started to panic and lost our rhythm so it was a big disappointment that we didn't get the three points.

"They battled really hard to get back into the game, but we were unplayable in the first half and should have had the game wrapped up by then.

"We've got to take the positives though and it was definitely a step in the right direction."

Keith Gray came close to adding a third goal. (18835126)
Keith Gray came close to adding a third goal. (18835126)

Holdup had a near full-strength squad at his disposal for the first time this season which allowed Breakell to be pushed into an attacking role with Keith Gray moving back into midfield.

They took the lead inside two minutes as some neat one-touch passing saw Gray's slide-rule pass release Breakell who beat the offside trap before slotting home.

Dom Jones then teed up Breakell to double Ketton's lead midway through the first half and they came close to extending their advantage.

Gray fired a 20-yard shot narrowly over before an audacious 40-yard effort from Ciaran Reynolds hit the outside of the post on the stroke of half-time.

Leverington then made the most of the let-off by equalising through Steve Thompson and Jordan Webb in the second half to leave Ketton looking for a win at Holbeach United Reserves on Saturday to register their first victory of the campaign.

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