Vanarama.co.uk, the market disrupting van leasing business, is the new titlesponsor of the Football Conference. The partnership was launched today at the member clubs' pre-season meeting at Telford, and will see the commercial vehicle specialiststake the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the threedivisions in 2014/15.
To mark the launch of the partnership, Vanarama will bring back thecompetition's traditional name after a 7 year absence. From the start of thenew season the leagues will be known as the Vanarama Conference, VanaramaConference North and Vanarama Conference South.
The deal is a statement of intent for Vanarama joining Barclays Bank plc andSky Bet as one of only three title partners of the top tier of Englishfootball. Vanarama will use the Vanarama Conference platform to furtherbuild rapid UK wide awareness and understanding of the Vanarama business viathe League’s established national, regional and social media platforms.
Vanarama.co.uk is part of the Autorama Group of companies. Vanarama arespecialists in van, pickup truck and car leasing, where customers leasetheir vehicles instead of buying them.
A company of football fans, Vanarama will support the sponsorship with aseries of fan-based initiatives. The first of these initiatives is for eachclub’s community scheme to earn from every car or van leased from Vanarama,or one of its sister companies through a special Club offer.
The partnership was negotiated by sports marketing agency SportQuake whowill also assist in managing and delivering the national sponsorshipcampaign. SportQuake specialise in helping consumer brands and rights ownersto deliver commercial and cultural value through sport. This year SportQuakehas already completed over 100 football partnership deals including majortransactions with all 20 English Premier League clubs.
The first game in the new Vanarama Conference will take place on Saturday9th August 2014 when Bristol Rovers host Grimsby Town at 12.45pmlive on BT Sport.
Andy Alderson, Vanarama.co.uk’ s Managing Director, said: “With theconstruction sector predicted to play a major role in the growth of the UKeconomy over the next few years Britain’s van drivers, our customers, willbe at their busiest since the peak of 2007. Our research shows a clear fitbetween our customers and football fans UK wide and as soon as I becameaware of this unique opportunity to become such an important part of thenational game I just had to get involved.”
Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: "I am sure I speak forthe whole of the Football Conference family in welcoming such a competitiveand innovative brand as Vanarama to become our new Title Sponsor. We alllook forward to working with Andy and his first class committed team toestablish a partnership going forward which will be of major benefit to bothover the next few years. Branding is a key element in this sponsorship forVanarama, who will now be able to link their rapidly growing name, allied toour national sport through our position in it, backed with vibrant mediacoverage".
Sutton United 1-1 Aldershot Town
29th July 2014
Sutton conceded an equaliser seven minutes from the end of tonight's friendly against Conference Premier team Aldershot having been the better side for much of the game. Jamie Taylor gave U's the lead in the 33rd minute, chipping in his first goal of the pre-season campaign from Louis John's pass, and he might have had more either side of half time, but after Sutton had made seven substitutions in the second half Aldershot finished the game strongly and Claudiu Hoban's ill-advised back pass allowed Tom Derry to equalise. Hoban nearly redeemed himself in the last minute when he met Lloyd Foot's diagonal pass with a sweetly struck volley that was well saved by Aldershot's substitute goalkeeper.
Sutton have completed the signing this morning of defender Lloyd Foot, the former captain of the Southampton Under-21 side who has featured in a number of this summer's friendlies. Manager Paul Doswell commented: ''Lloyd's done very well in the pre-season games and will challenge Luke Ruddick for the right-back position. We need depth in the squad with Luke, Callum Hart, Dale Binns and Will Spetch all struggling to be fit for the start of the league season. Luke, Callum and Dale could possibly be available at Maidenhead, but we're looking at the Chelmsford game on August 23 as being more likely, while Will is still suffering from tendinitis in his knee, so we do need back-up. We've been impressed with Max Kontic in the games he's played and we'll be talking to him, and Matt Lockwood will be back with us for the Cambridge United game on Saturday. He's been in Scotland for the last couple of weeks but has been training every day. The only other news concerns Alan Julian, who's had a scan on his knee - it doesn't look to be too serious and he should be available again before the end of August.''
Shots Visit The Lane
27th July 2014
The U's pre-season programme continues on Tuesday night at The Lane (7.45) with the visit of Conference National outfit Aldershot Town, who are managed by former Sutton player Andy Scott. After grabbing a 1-0 win at Ryman League Maidstone on Saturday, despite fielding a team largely devoid of the expected first eleven, the U's are expected to be closer to full strength for the visit of the Shots with the start of the Conference South League season just under two weeks away.
Aldershot won 1-0 at Sutton's rivals Staines Town at the weekend.
Admission prices are £10 for adults, £6 concessions and £2 Under-16s.
Try The JR World Cup Dance Camp at Sutton United F.C.
27th July 2014
Try the JR ‘World Cup’ Dance Camp at Sutton United F.C.
Monday 4th August to Friday 8th August 2014
1st Session: 10am– 11.30am: 3-6 year olds. Fee £35
Lots of different workshops that cover a variety of dance styles with a ‘World Cup’ theme. Friday will then be ‘Fun Friday’ where all pupils will be involved in our ‘Final Fiesta’ for you to see what your son/daughter has been learning.
A late goal from Jordan Hibbert earned a narrow win for what was very much a second-string U’s line-up in very hot conditions on Maidstone’s controversial 3G pitch. Only Charlie Clough of U’s starting eleven could be sure of a starting berth on the opening day of the league season as the Sutton management continued to take advantage of opportunities to look at a string of youngsters including Jernade Meade, Max Kontic, Dylan Bonella and Hibbert. However, it was the slightly older trio of Kane Haysman, Clauiu Hoban and Dammy Shitta who caught the eye in the opening 45 minutes, using the perfectly flat surface to ping the ball around with confidence.
Debutant keeper Willem Puddy began the move that led to the game’s first chance, feeding Meade on the left who advanced with purpose before laying the ball inside to Haysman who, in turn, fed Hoban and the Romanian winger was only thwarted by a well-timed last-gasp tackle, Jessy Reindorf picking up the rebound only for ex-Angels keeper Lee Worgan to concede a corner. Worgan also made a comfortable save from Shitta’s 25-yard effort before Jay May headed a corner wide at the other end. Hoban then shot narrowly wide after being set up by Reindorf following a patient move down the left flank. Just before the break the ball fell nicely for Clough from a corner and although his effort was miscued Worgan had to think quickly to kick the ball off the line.
U’s made their only change of the day at half-time, with Michael Spillane replacing Clough, and Maidstone brought prolific goalscorer Frannie Collin on upfront. The hosts looked livelier after the break and finally managed a shot on target in the 56th minute when Puddy had to make a top notch save low to his right to keep the score level and then followed up with two more first class aves inside 3 minutes, tipping one rasping drive onto the post and saving acrobatically to his left from another fierce drive.
As the heat took its toll the game slowed down, with U’s main threat coming from Meade on the left, but with the draw looking odds-on Hibbert struck in the closing moments, a well-placed left foot shot erasing memories of two earlier, wilder efforts.
Charlie Clough (h/t Michael Spillane)
Subs not used:- Tom Lovelock, Craig Dundas, Ricky Wellard, Marvin Williams, Jamie Taylor
Referee Paul Harris
The attendance was 568.
Sutton United 0 West Ham 1
23rd July 2014
A 50th minute goal by an un-named triallist gave the young West Ham side a narrow win over an almost as young Sutton side as the U's rang the changes following last night's match at Kingsmeadow, featuring three triallists from last year's Hereford youth side.
After a quiet opening the first chance fell to Jamie Taylor, but he headed wildly over the bar when Jesse Reindorf was better placed behind him. Dylan Bonella then sidefooted wide from a low cross after a patient build-up down the right. The Irons' first chance came in the 18th minute but the anonymous number 10 toe poked the ball wide after a fortuitous rebound off Louis John. Another good right wing move ended with Reindorf heading well from 12 yards but the visiting keeeper saved comfortably and then Tom Lovelock made a good low save from Jordan Brown, who took too long over his shot. Jordan Hibbert attacked well down the left but his low cross was turned over the bar from close range by Reindorf. Lovelock saved easily from a 25-yard free-kick by the prolific Elliott Lee and then Claudiu Hoban chipped over the bar after being set up by Taylor's back-flick.
The second half began with Lee putting Sadlier though but Lovelock stood tall to save well. A great run by impressive triallist Jernade Meade anded with his cross being met by an air-shot from Hoban and the Hammers broke at pace to see the number ten turn in a right wing cross. Hibbert then headed over from Hoban's cross but then a spate of substitutions, with West Ham changing nine players at once, gave the game a very different feel. Lovelock again stood out, making a good penalty save from Parfitt-Williams after Max Kontic had tripped the tricky Hector-Ingram. Craig Dundas did drag a shot wide but the several more substitutions did little to help the pattern of the game.
Line-Up 1 Tom Lovelock 2 Louis John 45 (Kane Haysman) 3 Jernade Meade 74 (Ben King) 4 Dammy Shitta 5 Max Kontic 79 (Emil Salama) 6 Charlie Clough 69 (Michael Spillane) 7 Claudiu Hoban 79 (Brandon Johnson) 8 Jordan Hibbert 9 Jesse Reindorf 64 (Craig Dundas) 10 Jamie Taylor 79 (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick) 11 Dylan Bonella 64 (Ricky Wellard)
Referee: Mike Coen Attendance: 442
West Ham:- 1/. St Louis-Hamilton 2/. Westley, 3/.Knoyle 4/. Cullen 5/. Burke 6/. Pask 7/. Sadlier, 8/. Lletget 9/. Lee 10/. Trialist 11/. Brown
h/t 17 for 58m 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 27 for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9 64m 23 for 11 69m 20 for 10
AFC Wimbledon 2 Sutton United 1
23rd July 2014
Line-Up: Tom Lovelock, Louis John, Lloyd Foot (Shitta, 54), Michael Spillane, Max Kontic, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman (Hoban, 75), Craig Dundas (Hibbert, 75), Jessy Reindorf, Ricky Wellard, Marvin Williams (Taylor, 75)
Subs: Dammy Shitta, Jordan Hibbert, Jamie Taylor, Claudiu Hoban
Sutton continued their pre-season warm-up campaign with an entertaining match away on a balmy midweek evening at Kingsmeadow against a full strength AFC Wimbledon squad who had hosted Jose Mourino’s Chelsea squad just 72 hours previously. Despite a narrow defeat, the Sutton squad would have gained quite a few positives from the performance.
Sutton almost were ahead in the second minute as Marvin Williams latched on to a mistake in the AFC Wimbledon defence as he picked up a loose ball to surge clear for a clear run in towards goal, AFC Wimbledon defender Will Nightingale being forced into well timed sliding challenge to block Williams’ shot from 12 yards out that was deflected out for a corner. The early chance for Sutton resulted in an early wake-up call for AFC Wimbledon as the hosts turned their performance up a number of gears resulting in Sutton being boxed into their own half for the next quarter an hour.
A well timed move on 9 minutes saw Lloyd Foot turned by Kevin Sainte-Luce allowing the ball to be rolled into the path of Adebayo Akinfenwa to fire a wild shot high and wide of Tom Lovelock’s goal from 10 yards out. Poor Sutton defending allowed Adebayo Azeez to pick up a stray pass on 11 minutes in the middle of the Sutton half and pick out Kevin Sainte-Luce with a diagonal chip, Sainte-Luce shot from just inside the box going harmlessly high and wide of the Sutton goal. The pressure was becoming relentless from AFC Wimbledon seeing Sutton make simple defensive mistakes when trying to relieve some of the pressure and the hosts should have been ahead on 12 minutes as another pinpoint cross into the box found Tom Beere arriving eight yards out with a diving downward header that beat the despairing dive of Lovelock but rebounded off the foot of the post, Charlie Clough first to the loose ball to hook the ball clear.
Sutton’s defence was undone with a ball over the top on 16 minutes that fed Kevin Sainte-Luce to float a cross into the box that Adebayo Akinfenwa headed back into the path of Harry Pell to unleash a rising shot from 12 yards out that required Tom Lovelock to parry away at full stretch. The hosts’ pressure eventually telling on 19 minutes as a ball slid between Foot and Clough releasing Adebayo Azeez to collect the pass and fire a low shot into the far corner of the net from 10 yards out past Tom Lovelock. Chris Arthur slipped the ball into Harry Pell on 24 minutes, Pell managing to evade the tackles of Craig Dundas and Max Kontic before unleashing a powerful shot from 20 yards out that required Tom Lovelock to pull off another full stretch flying save to keep the ball away from the top corner.
The high tempo pressing from AFC Wimbledon could not be maintained by the hosts as Sutton played their way back into the match in the last twenty minutes of the first half. Michael Spillane going on a charging run from just inside the AFC Wimbledon half to the edge of the Wimbledon box on 26 minutes that saw him evade three attempted challenges before hitting an effort that beat the dive of Wimbledon keeper Ross Worner but agonisingly also wide of the far post by a couple of feet.
Sutton’s forward partnership of Marvin Williams and Jessy Reindorf was causing the host’s defence all sorts of headaches as Sutton forced a succession of corners in the final quarter an hour of the half. Kane Haysman’s floated corner into the box on 35 minutes found Charlie Clough with a powerful header towards the top corner which was deflected wide by Jack Smith for another corner. The resulting Kane Haysman corner only being half cleared by Will Nightingale; Haysman whipping the ball back deep into the box forcing Barry Fuller to get a crucial connection to head the ball over his own cross bar for another corner, both Charlie Clough and Ricky Wellard being in prime position and unmarked for an opportunity to equalise.
Sloppy passing by AFC Wimbledon on 39 minutes saw Kane Haysman collect the ball in the middle of the hosts half, Haysman skipped over two attempted challenges as he darted in to the box with a run before hitting a curling effort from 12 yards out that beat Worner’s dive and also the far post. It was Haysman again on 41 minutes that picked up another loose pass by the hosts, Tom Beere attempted to dispossess the young Sutton midfielder but Kane Haysman in full flight hurdled this challenge and hit a powerful shot from 25 yards out that curled slightly in flight, Wimbledon keeper Ross Worner at full stretch managing to get both gloves on the ball but the power on the shot could not prevent the ball finding the back of the net. Ricky Wellard created the final chance of the first half moments before the referee’s whistle as his whipped in cross saw panic in the hosts’ defence of who was marking Jessy Reindorf resulting in the unmarked Sutton striker ghost in behind the defence and be just a couple of inches away from connecting Wellard’s free-kick as it flashed out for a goal kick.
A slow opening five minutes of the second half suddenly sprung into life on 50 minutes as a cross-field ball by Michael Spillane over the top of the AFC Wimbledon defence saw Marvin Williams tussle with the hosts’ Andy Frampton fresh on at half-time for the ball, Williams managing to square the ball into the path of Craig Dundas’ run into the edge of the box, Dundas rolling the ball back into the path of the supporting Jessy Reindorf to execute a shot that curled harmlessly over the top of Worner’s goal. The hosts once again realising the threat went up a gear. Sutton keeper Tom Lovelock was called upon again on 52 minutes as half-time sub Matt Tubbs was in prime position to connect with a low Adebayo Azeez pass but Lovelock made a low blocking save, Tubbs tried to be first to the loose ball but appeared to stumble over his own foot as the hosts’ appeals for a penalty were waved away.
An excellently worked passage of play on 57 minutes by AFC Wimbledon saw the ball played through the Sutton defensive line and into the path of Matt Tubbs to race in towards goal, the presence of Tom Lovelock having come speeding off his line to narrow the angle and Louis John tracking back managed to put Tubbs off as the AFC striker screwed his effort from the edge of the box wide of the near post. Sutton had a similar good chance on 59 minutes as Ricky Wellard split the AFC Wimbledon defence with a pass into the path of Marvin Williams to use his pace to show a clean pair of heels to Andy Frampton but the aware Ross Worner managed to get to the ball and clear the danger a split second ahead of Williams’ arrival.
Adebayo Azeez collected a through ball on 62 minutes, the midfielder unleashing a fierce shot from 12 yards out forcing Tom Lovelock into his third full length save of the evening to deflect the ball just wide of the post. Sean Rigg on an overlap run cut into the box on 65 minutes to collect and hit a first time effort from 10 yards out that Tom Lovelock was able top block low down to his right. The mini-spell of pressure by AFC Wimbledon continued and it was Sean Rigg again on 68 minutes that managed to collect a ball slipped into him by Chace Jacquart, his effort from 12 yards out was straight at Tom Lovelock who managed to make a comfortable save in his midriff.
Tom Beere’s shoulder height cross for AFC Wimbledon on 72 minutes managed to find the head of Matt Tubbs, the AFC striker though was unable to control the ball due to the excessive power on the arriving cross allowing Charlie Clough to be quick enough to the loose ball to clear. A Wellard free-kick into the edge of the AFC Wimbledon box on 80 minutes was half cleared to Jordan Hibbert just inside the AFC Wimbledon half, a pinged cross field ball over the hosts defence found Jamie Taylor managing to bring the ball down in his stride and hit a sweet right footed effort that was curling towards the top corner but substitute AFC Wimbledon keeper Joe McDonnell at full stretch made the save look so simple.
A smart AFC Wimbledon move on 82 minutes saw the ball find Dannie Bulman arriving in the Sutton area to stab the ball goal bound, Tom Lovelock managed to make a fine point blank reaction save, the ball falling kindly to Chace Jacquart to slot the loose ball home from 8 yards out. The remaining minutes saw AFC Wimbledon attempting to hold on for the victory as Sutton battled to try to grab an equaliser. Jordan Hibbert picked up the ball just inside the AFC Wimbledon half on 84 minutes as he managed to go on a run through the middle before being scythed down by George Francomb on the edge of the hosts’ box. The resulting free-kick by Michael Spillane smacking the corner of post and bar, the clearance only being half cleared as far as Ricky Wellard who is able to ride a couple of challenges before hitting a rising effort from a similar range to Kane Haysman’s goal in the first half which was deflected wide for a corner off the torso of George Oakley. The final notable piece of action occurred when Claudiu Hoban fed the ball into the path of Jamie Taylor on 87 minutes, the Sutton striker turning his marker and rolling the ball into the path of strike partner Jessy Reindorf to fire a first time shot in at goal from 8 yards out that was blazed over the crossbar.
Junior Football At Goals Sutton
21st July 2014
Goals Sutton are holding a junior football tournament on Friday 1st August, starting at 6pm, for teams at age groups under 12, 14 and 16. Girls teams are welcome to enter. See attached poster for more details.
This Wednesday, 23rd July (7.45), sees a West Ham development squad visit The Lane for what promises to be another interesting clash, and hopes are high that it will be as entertaining as the young Irons last visit.
The West Ham squad is likely to comprise the following players and may give U's fans a chance to see highly rated youngsters Blair Turgott, Seb Lletget and Reece Oxford:-
Admission will be £10 for adults, £6 concessions and just £2 for under-16s.
Legends Dazzle In First Tache Trophy Game
20th July 2014
The John Rains all-star XI appropriately took the inaugural Tache Trophy by beating the Cup Legends 3-2 in a veterans game staged to commemorate 25 years since THAT FA Cup win. With only Phil Dawson missing from the starting eleven from that famous January day in 1989, the Coventry heroes took a deserved lead through Paul McKinnon but then Nko Ekoku equalised. Jack Moore, grandson of former Chairman Dave Hermitage restored the lead just after the interval before John’s son Matt Rains equalised with the goal of the game. The winner for the John Rains XI came from Paul “George” Thornton.
Line-Up Graham Morris, Paul Rogers, Trevor Roffey, Mike Cornwell, Nigel Golley, Vernon Pratt, Matt Hanlan Lennie Dennis, Paul McKinnon, Robyn Jones, Barrie Williams, Tony Rains, Steve Fowler, Micky Stephens.
Referee(s): Mark Frake & Paul Doswell
This was a great way to mark the 25th anniversary, with so many Sutton legends on the pitch at the same time and stirring great memories for all who watched. £140 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support through a ground collection and the raffle of a signed football.
U's 4 Reading XI 0 - full report
19th July 2014
On a scorching hot afternoon the U’s rolled out comfortable winners against a talented but physically outgunned Reading side and all fifteen U’s players on view enjoyed valuable playing time and each turned in a good performance.
The opening goal came after just 5 minutes, U’s keeping possession inside the Reading box until Charlie Clough finished with a delicate chip into the far corner. Jamie Taylor and Marvin Williams were looking especially lively and when JT set up his strike partner with a cheeky back flick the number 11 saw his shot saved by Henley for a corner. Tom Lovelock made a good low stop after a slip by Louis John had let in Samuel but it was the young defender who then made it 2-0 with a diving header in the 31st minute from Michael Spillane’s free-kick after a foul on Kane Haysman. Just before the break Williams grabbed a well-deserved goal, firing home left footed from another Taylor lay-off.
Williams' last act of the afternoon was to set up Jessy Reindorf for goal number four in the 52nd minute with a low near-post cross and then Henley saved well from a Reindorf header, the Rwandan player showing plenty of evidence why he could be aerial threat this season. Henley saved well again, this time at the feet of Claudiu Hoban before the last ten minutes saw the pace slow as the heat took its toll.
Starting XI:- Tom Lovelock, Lloyd Foot, Luke Ruddick, Michael Spillane, Louis John, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman, Craig Dundas, Ricky Wellard, Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams.
Substitutes:- Claudiu Hoban, Jessy Reindorf, Dammy Shitta, Jordan Hibbert, Jamie Lawrence
Changes:- 45 Hoban for Haysman, Shitta for Spillane, Reindorf for Foot 50 Hibbert for Dundas 52 Haysman for Williams 57 Lawreence for Ruddick 64 Foot for Taylor 70 Spillane for Wellard
Ref: Mike Coen
Sutton United 0 Chelsea U-21s 0
14th July 2014
A crowd of 1738 watched Sutton and Chelsea's Under-21s cancel each other out for the most part at a revamped Gander Green Lane on Saturday. Marvin Williams had Sutton's best chance of the first half, latching onto Ben King's cross but was denied by a smart save by the visiting keeper whilst Michael Spillane could only find the side netting after cleverly beating his marker. A host of substitutions during and after half-time, together with the July heat, limited the match as a spectacle but Chelsea had the better of the chances and were denied by both the woodwork and some excellent goalkeeping by U's stopper Tom Lovelock.
Sutton are next in action this Saturday against Reading Under-21s.
Sutton squad: Tom Lovelock, Louis John, Ben King, Dammy Shitta, Luke Ruddick, Charlie Clough, Kane Haysman, Michael Spillane, Ricky Wellard, Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams, Lloyd Foot, Craig Dundas, Claudio Hoban, Jordan Hibbert, Isaac Philpot, Scott Munro, Jamie Lawrence
Ricky signs up
08th July 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has completed the signing of midfielder Ricky Wellard,who appeared in the pre-season friendly against Winchester on Saturday. The 26-year-old began his career with Ashford Town (Middlesex) before a move to AFC Wimbledon, for whom he made over 80 appearances. He has also played for Cambridge United and most recently Salisbury, appearing regularly in the Conference Premier last season.
The U's 2013/14 end of season 2- Disc DVD: ORDER NOW!
08th July 2014
A year in the making, the 2013-14 season review DVD features coverage of every game played from the 1st PSF to the last kick of the play-off semi-final against Dover in May. We have video from 49 matches making this the most complete compilation of any season in the club's history.
Follow every twist and turn as the U's come so desperately close to promotion to the Conference Premier after the club's best ever finish in the Conference South as 'Runners-up'. The double DVD set includes interviews and photos from Paul Loughlin as well over 2 hours of video action.
Sutton United Season 2013-14 The Blue Square South Return Vol 3 'Runners-up' DVD.
Marvin Williams scored twice, and summer signings Jessy Reindorf and Matt Lockwood opened their accounts for Sutton as U's came from a goal down at half time to win 5-1 in today's first friendly. Craig Dundas was the other scorer. Sutton had most of the possession before half time but were unable to find a breakthrough, with Jamie Taylor having a shot saved and Ricky Wellard, most recently with Salisbury but previously with Ashford and AFC Wimbledon, ended a strong run with a shot that hit the post. It was Winchester who took the lead five minutes before half time when the Sutton defence failed to deal with a low cross and the ball was tapped over the line. U's made a number of half time substitutions and one of the replacements, Williams, scored the equaliser when he capitalised on a goalkeeping error. Soon afterwards he turned provider when his run and cross found Reindorf, whose shot was miscued but found the net. Williams scored again, following up after Marvin Brooks, with Poole Town last season, had seen his shot saved, and another substitute, Craig Dundas, then powered in a header from a corner. It seemed as though Williams would complete a hat-trick when he went through, but he was upended by the goalkeeper, who would probably have been sent off had it not been a friendly. Lockwood converted the penalty to round off a good afternoon for Sutton, whose squad also included Southampton Academy player Lloyd Foot and triallist Scott Monro.
Team: Alan Julian, Lloyd Foot, Matt Lockwood, Michael Spillane, Louis John, Charlie Clough, Claudio Huban, Ricky Wellard, Jessy Reindorf, Jamie Taylor, Kane Haysman. Subs used Marvin Williams, Marvin Brooks, Craig Dundas, Dammy Shitta, Scott Monro, Ben King, Tom Lovelock. Att 181
One absentee was Lee Sawyer, who is joining Chelmsford on a three month loan.
Chelsea Due Next Saturday - Ticketing Information
05th July 2014
The U's start pre-season today at Winchester but it's just seven days until we face a talented Chelsea side in our first home game as we reveal the new-look Borough Sports Ground.
You can avoid the match-day queues by buying your tickets in advance (buy on-line now at http://www.suttonunited.net/community_tickets.html ) or buy your tickets at the club bar, and take advantage of the dedicated gate for ticket-holders. Tickets will be available on-line until Wednesday 9th July, before 09.00, and after that advance tickets may still be bought in person from the club bar, up until Friday evening. Anyone who has not bought a ticket already will still be able to gain admission on match day at the turnstiles.
With good weather expected we have even laid on an ice-cream van, so what more could you want to go with our re-vamped stadium, a look at our own new players and Chelsea's future stars.
Conference South fixtures - Full List
04th July 2014
Sutton will begin the 2014/15 Conference South season on Saturday 9 August away to Maidenhead United, which is likely to mean an early meeting with defender Simon Downer, who left us last month and recently agreed terms with the Berkshire club. Sutton's only league defeat of 2014 to date came in April at York Road when two late Danny Green goals saw Maidenhead win 3-2. Sutton's first home game is against Havant & Waterlooville on Tuesday 12 August, the only scheduled home midweek evening game, followed by a visit from Salisbury City on Saturday 16 August. The Boxing Day/New Year's Day games see U's face promoted Wealdstone, visiting Grosvenor Vale on Boxing Day, while St Albans visit Gander Green Lane on Sunday 28 December and U's make the longest trip of the season to Weston-super-Mare the following Sunday. U's have one more Sunday game - on 2 November away to Hayes & Yeading, who are groundsharing this season with Maidenhead. Midweek trips are to Whitehawk (9 September), Salisbury (7 October) andHemel Hempstead(27 January). For the second time in three seasons Boreham Wood are the other Bank Holiday opposition, with U's at home on Easter Monday. The season finishes at home to Maidenhead on Saturday 25 April.
The full fixture list is below.
Saturday 9 August v Maidenhead United (A)
Tuesday 12 August v Havant & Waterlooville (H)
Saturday 16 August v Salisbury City (H)
Saturday 23 August v Chelmsford City (A)
Monday 25 August v Boreham Wood (H)
Saturday 30 August v St Albans City (A)
Saturday 6 September v Concord Rangers (H)
Tuesday 9 September v Whitehawk (A)
Saturday 13 September v Staines Town (H)
Saturday 20 September v Ebbsfleet United (A)
Saturday 4 October v Bath City (H)
Tuesday 7 October v Salisbury City (A)
Saturday 18 October v Farnborough (A)
Saturday 25 October v Bishop's Stortford (H)
Sunday 2 November v Hayes & Yeading United (A)
Saturday 8 November v Eastbourne Borough (H)
Saturday 15 November v Hemel Hempstead Town (H)
Saturday 22 November v Bromley (A)
Saturday 6 December v Basingstoke Town (A)
Saturday 20 December v Whitehawk (H)
Friday 26 December v Wealdstone (A)
Sunday 28 December v St Albans City (H)
Thursday 1 January v Wealdstone (H)
Sunday 4 January v Weston-super-Mare (A)
Saturday 10 January v Gosport Borough (A)
Saturday 17 January v Ebbsfleet United (H)
Saturday 24 January v Havant & Waterlooville (A)
Tuesday 27 January v Hemel Hempstead Town (A)
Saturday 31 January v Farnborough (H)
Saturday 7 February v Concord Rangers (A)
Saturday 14 February v Weston-super-Mare (H)
Saturday 21 February v Bromley (H)
Saturday 28 February v Staines Town (A)
Saturday 7 March v Hayes & Yeading United (H)
Saturday 14 March v Bishop's Stortford (A)
Saturday 21 March v Gosport Borough (H)
Saturday 28 March v Eastbourne Borough (A)
Saturday 4 April v Chelmsford City (H)
Monday 6 April (Easter Monday) v Boreham Wood (A)
Saturday 11 April v Basingstoke Town (H)
Saturday 18 April v Bath City (A)
Saturday 25 April v Maidenhead United (H)
U's set for first friendly as one more added
04th July 2014
The World Cup may still have a week to run, but the build-up to the 2014-15 season begins for Sutton tomorrow with a visit to Wessex League club Winchester City giving U's travelling fans the chance for a first sight of the close-season signings before next Saturday's prestige game against Chelsea's championship-winning Under-21 side, when the improvements to the Gander Green Lane ground will also be on view.
Tomorrow's game is a 3pm kick off and will be played at Winchester's Denplan City Ground in Hillier Way, in the Abbotts Barton district just north of the city centre. The post code is SO23 7SR, and the ground is just off the B3047 Worthy Road. It's reached by leaving the M3 at junction 9 and initially following the A34 towards Newbury before taking the A33 towards Basingstoke. In Kings Worthy turn left on to the B3047, go under the A34, and on reaching the outskirts of Winchester look for Russell Road on the left. At the end of Russell Road turn right, then immediately left in to Hillier Way.
By rail Winchester is about an hour from Clapham Junction with direct services at 12 and 46 minutes past the hour, and a service at 27 minutes past the hour which requires a change at Basingstoke.
The sides last met at Winchester in a friendly prior to the 2009/10 season, the game finishing goalless.
Sutton have also announced today that there will be a friendly away to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday 22 July, kick off 7.45. This now gives U's seven friendlies as follows:
Saturday 5 July, 3pm v Winchester City (A)
Saturday 12 July, 3pm v Chelsea U-21(H)
Saturday 19 July, 3pm v Farnborough (H) - preceded by Coventry reunion veterans' game
Tuesday 22 July, 7.45pm v AFC Wimbledon (A)
Saturday 26 July, 3.00pm v Maidstone United (A)
Tuesday 29 July, 3.00pm v Aldershot Town (H)
Saturday 2 August, 3.00pm v Cambridge United (H)
FA Youth Cup Draw
04th July 2014
Sutton will travel to Kent Youth League side Phoenix Sports in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup following today's draw at Wembley. With both clubs given a bye from the Preliminary Round, the match will be played week commencing 22nd September.
Dos Excited By New Season And Visit Of Chelsea Stars
29th June 2014
Wow, what a great six weeks we've had since the end of my best ever season. The ground has had a major facelift and the pitch has been laser levelled and reseeded and looks magnificent. As you can imagine we've all been extremely busy getting the ground remodelled, all ready for the visit of Chelsea U-21s, who are the best in the country at the moment.
Last season we had a crowd of over 2500 for the Chelsea game and I can't emphasise enough what a huge difference it makes to the club financially to help kick start the season. One of the main reasons for that attendance was the help the supporters gave to this great club in getting out there delivering leaflets, getting into the town and getting the interest going into the game. We desperately need this same push urgently again for this season's game and I really hope when people see what the new ground looks like they will return in their numbers!!
This is a special club, one that we all get drawn to. The "we're all in it together" motto that we have adopted was never more needed. The club has backed the vision of modernising, and the next five years will be spent growing organically with good young players and financial prudence, which is a feature of the boardroom and one which must be applauded. We are not awash with money and the five-year plan includes paying for this re-modernisation whilst keeping a competitive playing squad. I believe the recent signings and departures point to this new direction, and I would ask all of you to appreciate we are taking a very different approach to some clubs in our league, and the sad situation at Salisbury and Hereford, only strengthens our resolve to be sensible.
Success is judged in many ways and a top five finish and good cup runs are my measure for Sutton. I am determined to keep pushing to play in the Conference National, and can assure you all we will work tirelessly to achieve this aim. Whilst it's right we are looking forward, it is also so important to remember the club's great history, and although I have heard many stories of the previous players and matches, the FA Cup win against Coventry must rank as the biggest and best!! It is a great honour to let you know that Frakey has allowed me to referee the second half of the veterans' match on the 19th July and all the stars of the past will be there. I'm sure it will be a great occasion and one I'm really looking forward to!!
I can't finish without some hellos and goodbyes. Steve McKimm begins his fledgling managerial career at Tonbridge and was a great servant to the club. I really hope he has great success and maybe one day we could see him back at Sutton. Paul Telfer has settled in well at Indy 11 and is coming back at Xmas to say hello. The departures of these two were expected and I am delighted that Peter Beadle and Matty Lockwood are joining Micky, Jamie Lawrence and myself as Head Coach and assistant player coach respectively. It is a real coup to get Peter and Matty and they share in the new long-term vision at the club. Indeed it was Bead's success at West Brom's Academy and subsequent FA Youth Cup fourth round game against Manchester City at the Etihad with Hereford that convinced me he was the right man to approach. Matty was assistant manager at Dundee and both possess UEFA A coaching badges, so the young players couldn't ask for a better coaching set up to improve.
On the playing front we were sorry to lose Jamie and Damian in the close season, but the fee and change of direction to encourage our young players was accepted. We wish both well. Kane Haysman is back with us on July first and, subject to one trial with a league one club, has agreed to a one year contract, and Louis John has also signed a two year deal. Luke Ruddick and Callum Hart, players I personally know very well from Salisbury, have joined, and as with Marvin Williams have accepted pay as you play contracts which shows a measure of the character of all three players, but also their belief in themselves that they can have productive, injury-free seasons. We wish them all well!! Finally, let's get the ground rocking this year. The new covered terrace at the Collingwood Road end will improve the atmosphere, and you are so important as our twelfth man.
Let's show everyone what it really means to be IN IT TOGETHER!!!
See you on the 12th,
U's v Chelsea U-21 pre-match lunch
29th June 2014
There will be a pre-match lunch before our prestigious pre-season friendly against Chelsea U-21s, on Saturday 12th July
The bar opens at 12 midday and lunch will start at 12.30, a 3-course meal with tea/coffee and chocolates costs just £12.50 per person, so if you would like to book a place or bring along family and friends, just email, firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday 8th July.
Ball Donors for Season 2014-15
24th June 2014
Would you like to be a Sutton United ball donor this season ?
For just £50 you can.
There are opportunities to be a ball sponsor at any of our pre-season matches including the prestigious game against the Chelsea U-21 side on July the 12th
Season tickets for the coming 2014-15 season are now available, giving admission not just to all home Conference South, Suburban League and Ryman Youth League games for the season but also the pre-season friendlies against Chelsea (12 July), Farnborough (19 July), Aldershot (29 July) and Cambridge United (2 August).
All prices remain unchanged, so a stand season ticket costs £210 and a ground season ticket £185. Concessionary charges for senior supporters (age 60 and over) are £120 for a stand season ticket and £95 for a ground ticket, while Under 16 supporters and those in full time education can once again take advantage of our junior season tickets at £25. This is a particular incentive to full-time students over the age of 16 who would otherwise pay the concessionary matchday admission of £6.
Season ticket holders over 18 can also become Vice-Presidents for an extra £25.
To download and print an adult/senior renewal form click here
Please note that existing season ticket holders should by now have received renewal invitations through the post giving details of the discount on these prices due to the temporarily reduced matchday admission prices last season, and should use that form to renew.
Two in, one out in defensive switch
19th June 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has signed defenders Luke Ruddick and Callum Hart from Salisbury City, but has confirmed that Simon Downer will not be in Sutton colours next season. 24-year-old Luke Ruddick is a right-back who has also played for Bath City, while Callum Hart is a 28-year-old left-sided defender who has played in the Football League for Bournemouth and has been with Salisbury for three seasons. Both players appeared regularly in the Conference Premier last season. Paul said: ''These are two good signings of players who have played at a higher level and were very keen to join us. I'm hopefully going to make one more signing next week in central midfield, then the squad for next season should be complete.''
However Simon Downer has left the club just short of his 200th appearance. He first joined U's in November 2008 for a short spell but rejoined in the summer of 2010, playing a key role in the Ryman championship success of 2011 and winning the Players' Player of the Year award the following season as U's reached the Conference South play-offs at the first attempt. Paul said: ''Simon's work circumstances have changed, and made travelling from his Swindon home more difficult, so it's likely that he's going to join a club nearer to home which will be more convenient. He has been a pillar of our defence for several seasons, and I'd like to thank him for his contribution to our success.''
Volunteer Needed - Vital Role
13th June 2014
Most of us, including members of the Board and Committee, turn up for games or meetings or Boom Boom nights without much thought for the myriad of little tasks that are undertaken behind the scenes on an almost everyday basis. But, if those jobs didn't get done things would grind to a halt.
We are now looking for someone who can take on the role of coordinating and managing these jobs. You don't have to be a handyman yourself, although a little understanding wouldn't do any harm, but you do need to be excellent at getting things done. It's about assessing the problem, sometimes getting quotes, getting someone in and making sure the work gets done at the right time and when it doesn't interfere with anything else that's going on. You can think of the role as maintenance manager, estates manager or general factotum, what's important is that you are reliable and work well with other people.
As always, this is a volunteer role but it would be helpful if you are able to get down the ground during the week, not every day but maybe once or twice, so perhaps the role would suit someone who is retired or has their own business. If you think you could take on this role, please e-mail email@example.com
Strikers Are Key 2014-15
10th June 2014
YES, IT'S BACK !
Strikers Are Key was a massive success last year and, most importantly, everybody seemed to enjoy the fun so we are delighted to announce details of this year's scheme. Paul Doswell has confirmed that the three strikers to feature in the scheme will be Jamie Taylor, Marvin Williams and our new international centre forward, Jessy Reindorf.
To read the details of this year's scheme and download an application form, click on the links below.
Manager Paul Doswell has agreed terms with former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood, who will join the club in a player-coach role for the coming season. Matt, who has been playing for Dundee for the past four seasons, including one season in the Scottish Premier League, made over 300 appearances for Orient between 1998 and 2007, being named three times in the PFA Team of the Season for their division. He previously played 63 games for Bristol Rovers and has also played for Nottingham Forest, Colchester and Barnet. Paul said of his new signing: ''We've signed Matt as a player first and foremost, but he's also, along with Jamie Lawrence, going to help Peter Beadle on the coaching side. He's a Business Development Officer for a casino and will be in London for his work, so his circumstances are well suited to him joining us.'' Matt says that he is looking forward to joining Sutton. ''I was talking to Paul this time last year, but the timing wasn't quite right for me, but we've been speaking again for the last 4-6 weeks, and I know he's passionate about the club, successful and has ambitions to take the club to the next level, so it's an exciting project. Although I'm 37 I'm still fit and can still do a job on the pitch, but the coaching aspect appeals to me as well and I'm really looking forward to it.''
Paul says that there may be another signing to come soon.''I've been talking to a right-back who's been playing in the Conference for the last two seasons, and hopefully something will happen there in the next few days.'' In other news from the playing squad, Craig Dundas has been appointed club captain, although Charlie Clough will remain as team captain on the pitch. ''Craig was delighted to be asked'', said Paul. ''He's so highly thought of within the club, and his experience will be invaluable''. Paul also said that new signing Jessy Reindorf will join Jamie Taylor and Marvin Williams as qualifying players in this season's 'Strikers Are Key' scheme.
One more friendly added
10th June 2014
We have arranged a home friendly against Conference South rivals Farnborough on Saturday 19 July, kick off 3pm. That Saturday sees the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the FA Cup victory against Coventry, and a veterans' game is scheduled for before the Farnborough game. Further details on timings etc will follow nearer the time.
Paul excited by two new signings
07th June 2014
Manager Paul Doswell has announced two new signings today and says he is excited about seeing both players in action for Sutton. Jessy Reindorf is a 22-year-old, 6'5'' French-born striker who has represented Rwanda at full international level, including World Cup qualifiers, and played for Bury and Tamworth last season, scoring for Bury in the League Cup against Norwich and then finding the target four times in eight games at the end of the season from Tamworth. Paul said: ''Steve Beck watched him twice before the end of last season, while Peter Beadle saw him when he played against Hereford and he scored against Alan Julian in the game against Dartford. He's a raw and exciting talent, and is flying over at the end of June to join us - my mum and dad are going to put him up. It's a great opportunity for him to be coached and hopefully turn in to a superstar, and I'm excited about his signing because he'll offer us something different.''
Also with Tamworth last season was 22-year-old Romanian-born winger Claudiu Hoban, who was a junior with Leicester City and had subsequent spells with Kettering, Daventry and Histon. Paul said: ''Through watching Jessy we became aware of Claudiu, who again is a very raw, young, exciting talent who we think we can coach to become even better. Both players were very keen to join us with the morning training, and while neither is the finished article, they'll bring a great freshness and work ethic to the squad and we're looking forward to working with them.''
Paul hopes also to announce the signing of an experienced defender later this week.
Super Sponsors' Club 2014/15
06th June 2014
We would again like to invite local businesses to join our popular Super Sponsors' Club for 2014/15 and have the opportunity to see their brand associated with one of the most successful and high-profile names in non-League football.
The following packages WILL go to lucky members of the Super Sponsors' Club:-
First team shirt sponsorship, with usual hospitality benefits Company name on 1st team tracksuits, with usual hospitality benefits Table of ten at one of our sell-out Gentlemen's Evenings Two first team match sponsorships
Each package contains so much more, please clickhere to download further details.
Admission Prices Frozen
02nd June 2014
We are delighted to confirm that admission prices for next season have been frozen. That means that Adult Admission to the Lane stays at £12, with concessions at £6 (Senior Citizens aged 60 & over, and students with valid photo-ID) and junior admission (under-16s) still at just £2.
Season Tickets also stay unchanged:-
Adult Ground £185 Adult Stand £210
Senior Citizens Ground £95 Senior Citizens Stand £120
Juniors (under 16) £25. As a bonus, this price is also available to full-time students who would otherwise have to pay the matchday admission price of £6.
Vice-Presidency costs £25 on top of the season ticket price.
Also, following last season's period of reduced prices, any existing season ticket holder who renews will get a 10% discount on these prices.
Season ticket application forms will be available shortly.
Crowdfunder Target Reached - But Don't Stop Now !
02nd June 2014
£20,000! We did it, or rather YOU all did it. What a fantastic effort and many, many thanks to everyone who has contributed to our Crowdfunder scheme. This money will go straight towards our new pavilion project but we still have four and a bit days left so there is no reason to rest on our laurels, the more we can raise over the new few days the easier it will be to get the pavilion built as we want it, so keep chasing your friends and colleagues. We always knew we had the best supporters anywhere and you have all just proved it yet again.
Thank you. Dave
30th May 2014
Strikers Jamie Slabber and Damian Scannell have joined Bromley today. Having received two bids from the Kent club,we have decided to accept their third to allow Jamie and Damian to move to Hayes Lane.
Both players have now secured new positions at their work, which made daytime training difficult. We would like to thank both players for their efforts last season in achieving a best ever Conference South finish.
Manager Paul Doswell commented: ''It was a fantastic final offer from Bromley, and both Jamie and Damo were struggling with work to commit to training. Both are great lads and I wish them well at Bromley. From our perspective we are very excited about the coming season. We have in my opinion signed the best keeper in this league, have a great spine with Clough and Spetch, and Dundas and Spillane in front of them, and Williams and Taylor up front. Add the best winger in Dale Binns, and Lee Sawyer, who was a revelation at right back, and we are more than OK.
Louis John will sign on August 1st when his Crawley contract expires, Tom and Dammy will push very hard to get in the starting eleven, and I am very hopeful Kane Haysman will be with us on July 1st.
We are looking to sign a left back, a wide player and a centre forward, to finish the squad, all the targets have been spoken to and are letting me know as soon as possible."
Finally Simon Downer is waiting to see if work will allow him to stay, and the club have given him as much time as needed. He is desperate to stay, but a full time position might become available.
Live at the Famous Boom Boom Club
11th May 2014
The Boom Boom Club at Sutton United is the region's premier live music venue for the best in classic tribute bands and modern blues.
Fri 27 Jun MARCUS MALONE BAND (http://www.marcusmalone.com/index.html) Tkts £12/£10 adv. "Marcus Malone is a magnificent fusion of Bad Company meets Robert Cray" -"the voice of Paul Rogers, the guitar tone of Walter Trout"
Fri 04 Jul PAUL COX SOUL INTENTION (http://www.paulcoxband.com/home/acts/soul-intention/)Tkts £12/£10 adv. Paul Cox has for long been regarded as one of Europe’s greatest soul and blues singers, a fact finally recognised when he was given his own one hour special on Radio 2.