Stamford Lions defeat Ketton in Peterborough League Premier Division derby duel
Stamford Lions returned to winning ways and rediscovered their scoring touch as they thumped local rivals Ketton 5-0 in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division derby duel.
It was Ketton's first match for a month following a series of postponements while Lions were determined to bounce back after last week's derby defeat against Uppingham.
Lions opened the scoring within the opening 10 minutes when Dan Aust whipped in a dangerous corner that eluded everyone and curled straight into the top corner at the far post.
They continued to apply the early pressure and penned their neighbours back as Jack Travers saw an effort fly just wide before Luke Ball flashed a shot into the side netting.
Ketton weathered the early storm and then started to advance themselves as Lions goalkeeper John Swales was relieved to see a Dom Jones effort go straight at him before Connor Breakell fired a shot wide.
Lions finished the half on the front foot as Aust raced past his marker but sent his shot wide before James Betts, playing against his former club, curled a free kick just over the bar.
The second half started far more open as Ketton began on the attack.
Swales first tipped a low shot around the post before, from the resulting corner, he took the full brunt of powerful drive straight in the face to deny Ketton captain Cal Parker.
At the other end a corner saw Lions captain Danny Sheehan lose his marker but put his free header over the bar from close range.
Luke Gove then doubled the lead on the hour mark with an excellently-struck left-footed free-kick that curled into the top corner.
Only minutes after that it was 3-0 when Tom Edwards burst through the Ketton rearguard before lifting the ball over goalkeeper Josh James and into the net.
The third goal killed the game as a contest as Lions now surged forward in search of more goals as the Ketton attacking threat was becoming minimal.
Some excellent work from Aust down the left just lacked the finishing touch as he beat two men but screwed his shot wide.
Ball made it four as he slammed home a Jake Walton cross before Haydn Rice emerged from the substitutes bench to add a fifth goal with an low strike into the bottom corner to seal a 5-0 victory.
Lions manager James Sheehan commented: “Last week's defeat really hurt us, both our pride and obviously our points tally.
"This was an opportunity to bounce back in style and I think, to a degree, we did that.
"We highlighted this as a must-win situation and, as we all know, local derbies are difficult to predict so I'm really pleased the lads put in a good shift and we returned to winning ways, scoring five goals on the way."
Lions: Swales, Travers, Gove, D Sheehan, Aust, Ferans, Dunn, Walton, Ball, Betts, Stewart. Subs used: Edwards, Pentney, Rice. Not used: J Sheehan, Hedley.
Ketton: James, Woodman, Bell, Holmes, Parker, Parkin, Barbosa, Jones, Breakell, Dennis, Rawlinson. Subs used: Brew, Mainstone.
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