FOLLOWING FURTHER HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT, TODAY'S MATCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED. The reserves' game at Tonbridge is still on as at 9.30am - we will update this if the situation changes.
After the distractions of cup football over recent weeks, Sutton are now free to concentrate on maintaining their push for a play-off place in the Ryman League and tomorrow entertain Ashford Town (Middlesex) at Gander Green Lane, going in to the game just two points behind fifth placed Carshalton. Ashford have undergone a change of manager this season, with Mark Butler leaving to take over at Margate and former Jamaica international Jamie Lawrence replacing him, and he started his managerial career at Short Lane with a victory last Saturday away to Harrow Borough, one of his former clubs as a player, which lifted Ashford in to 12th place, a point behind Sutton although they have played three games more. Like Sutton, they went out of the Championship Manager Cup on Tuesday, beaten by Fleet. Ashford's main threat is likely to come from Byron Harrison, joint second highest league scorer in the Premier Division this season with nine goals. U's hope to choose from a fully fit squad, the only slight doubt surrounding Billy Hawes, who turned an ankle in the FA Cup game at Hereford but who expects to be fit after receiving treatment from Bobby Childs this week.
U's will be hoping that the weather is not as bad as forecast, as the afternoon will also see the club's first Community Family Fun Day of the season, in conjunction with the local Metropolitan Police Safer Neighbourhoods scheme, and children from seven of the Borough's primary schools will be at the game, along with pupils from Cheam High School, the first time a senior school has been involved in the event, two of which were successfully staged last season. Pre-match entertainment will include a penalty competition. Radio Marsden will also be there, broadcasting their Saturday afternoon sports show directly from the ground as part of their month's broadcasts to the Sutton area as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
The reserves have an away Suburban League game against Tonbridge tomorrow.