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Ketton are beaten by Cardea in their final match of the Peterborough Senior Cup campaign




Ketton boss Darren Moody is predicting a positive future for the Rutland club.

Moody's men brought the curtain down on their Peterborough Senior Cup campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 away defeat at Cardea.

The reversal left Ketton in fifth place in Group B having collected three points from their five games.

Alfie Webb scored Ketton's goal on Saturday. (47031437)
Alfie Webb scored Ketton's goal on Saturday. (47031437)

But Moody has taken great encouragement from his side's last three performances and is already looking ahead to next season.

The Pit Lane club are planning to reform their reserve side - under the management of Darren Bell - in another step forward for the Peterborough League outfit.

Moody commented: "There have been so many positives from the last three weeks.

"Ryan Hunnngs and I have learned a lot from it and our plans haven't really changed, but there are players who have really pushed their way to the forefront of our thinking.

"We have got a good core of the squad now and, with the addition of the reserve side for next season, things are positive for the club moving forward.

"There is a core of lads there which we need to add to, but we will get there between us.

"We will have this one club ethos now. We will train as one squad together and the future is positive for the club.

"We have got a positive mindset looking ahead and it is now time to kick on."

Moody felt his side deserved more from Saturday's group finale which was played on the 3G surface at Yaxley's Leading Drove ground.

They dominated large spells of the contest after falling behind early on when defender Luke Hunnings turned a cross into his own net.

Ketton were back on level terms shortly after when Luca Zirpolo started a good team move by finding Liam Taylor in midfield.

Taylor set Cameron Brookes away down the right and he played Alfie Webb through on goal to fire home a delightful finish from 20 yards.

Ketton continued to create the better chances with Brookes and Will Chamberlain both being denied by superb saves from inspired home goalkeeper James Wilson.

Cardea restored their lead after the break through Thomas Klinkovics but Ketton again responded strongly.

They piled on the pressure only for Wilson to thwart Taylor Breagan, Taylor, Brookes and Webb with a string of super saves.

Ketton forced a flurry of corners in the final exchanges with Conor White going close to scoring a last-gasp leveller only for Wilson to turn his header onto the crossbar.

Moody added: "We played well and dominated the game.

"We conceded two poor goals and their goalkeeper has had a worldie of a game. Our finishing could have been better but he was superb. We've also hit the bar and post and it was just one of those days.

"We know that we need to be better in the opposition's penalty box but it was another good performance."



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