Stamford Lions beat Ketton in Peterborough League Premier Division derby duel
A strong second half showing secured a derby victory for Stamford Lions as Ketton's weekend exertions took its toll in Tuesday night's Peterborough League Premier Division clash at Pit Lane.
After an even opening period which had seen the two teams go in at the break on level terms by scoring a goal apiece, Lions struck three times without reply in the second period as Ketton - who had held much-fancied Parson Drove on Saturday - ran out of steam.
Lions boss James Sheehan was pleased with his side's second half performance as they followed up their 1-1 draw with much-improved Peterborough Polonia on the Groundhop weekend with a maximum points haul.
He said: "The first half was really cagey. Ketton are a physically strong side who were hard to penetrate. They defended well and were very organised.
"It was a scrappy local derby and we played too deep, but we got our second goal early in the second half which was just what we needed.
"Ketton had a hard game on Saturday and we started to find more room as the game went on. We played some nice football and started to relax a bit.
"I was pleased with our second half performance and it's always nice to beat one of your local rivals."
Ketton manager Matt Holdup felt his side had been punished for some 'naive' defending which resulted in Lions being awarded two penalties - both of which were successfully converted by Tom Edwards.
He was also frustrated at the daunting start to the season his side had been handed with reigning champions Moulton Harrox next on the agenda for Ketton.
Holdup said: "We were in the game first half and responded well by equalising after making a silly mistake for their first penalty.
"It was a good response, but you could see after an hour that we were physically and mentally tired.
"It's very frustrating and, I don't want it to sound like sour grapes after losing the game, but we were out on our feet.
"We didn't have anything left and, with tired minds and tired legs, our defending was naive.
"Lions deserve credit because they took their chances, but I don't feel the fixtures have been done on an even keel which is very frustrating."
Lions, who didn't have a game at the weekend, had taken a first half lead when Jake Showler was felled in the box and Edwards converted the resultant spot kick.
Ketton levelled shortly after when a free-kick from the left was floated into the box and met by Ed Thorpe who headed home his first Premier Division goal for the club since his summer move from Oundle.
Lions regained the initiative early in the second half with Showler again the creator as he burst towards the byline before picking out Joe Searson who marked his full Premier Division debut by slotting home the second goal into the bottom corner.
The visitors then took control of the contest with Edwards adding his second and Lions' third from the penalty spot after he had been fouled in the box.
Lions wrapped up the win with 20 minutes remaining as Jake Walton teed up Kieron Duffy-Weekes to fire home a fine finish and seal his side's success.