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Sutton United 3-0 Three Bridges

22nd May 2009

A second half hat-trick from under-16 saw off a determined Three Bridges side as Sutton clinched the Southern Youth League Championship, finishing the club’s final season in that competition with a unique 100% record.

Sutton were quick off the blocks, and in only the second minute were given a perfect opportunity to go into an early lead when Michael Hunte was kicked in the penalty area, but Stuart Young’s delicate spot-kick was kicked away by the keeper’s trailing foot as he dived to his right. Just a couple of minutes later Josh Gallagher cut in from the left and saw his cross cut out, but Bajrush Halili outmuscled his opponent on the corner of the area before turning and firing in a powerful low shot that the keeper did well to beat away. Elliott Tomkins then blasted over from close range following a Young corner, before the two Youngs combined with James heading over a Stuart cross. Three Bridges began to come into the game more as the half went on. Though they didn’t create many chances, the one clear opportunity was headed over from 6 yards. With five minutes to go before the interval, Bentley Graham beat the keeper to the ball but with his back to goal, the penalty area became more congested as he eventually found Stuart Young. His deep cross was headed back into the middle by Gallagher to Halili, and then touched the ball back to Joe Wornham who’s first touch after coming on as a substitute was a dipping volley from the edge of the box that was tipped over the bar. Wornham then saw and effort deflected wide and from the resulting short corner, Graham’s strike from the edge of the box flew over the bar.

The game sprung to life early in the second half when Halili picked up the ball 30 yards out and from nowhere, fired in a perfect volley that gave the keeper no chance as it hit the inside of the post and into the net. A couple of minutes later, the home side extended the lead when Robbie Drewett ran down the left touchline ghosting past 3 challenges before crossing low to Halili – with his back to goal 6 yards out, the young forward turned neatly and fired past the keeper. Wornham, Halili and Tomkins then had further chances to give Sutton a 3-goal cushion, whilst at the other end a weaving run from Matt Munday ended when the left-back crashed his shot against the bar. With a couple of minutes to go though, some quick footwork on the edge of the box between Gallagher and Wornham put Halili through again and he made no mistake as he poked the ball under the keeper to claim his hat-trick. Gallagher was then unlucky to see his 25 yard volley drift just the wrong side of the post with the last kick of the game.

 
Lineup
 
1
Ben Clarke
2
James Young   37 Wornham
3
Robbie Drewett 
4
Charlie Ottaway
5
Elliott Tomkins
 
6
Bentley Graham   75 Manning
7
Michael Hunte
8
Gerald Akosa
9
Josh Gallagher
10
Bajrush Halili
11
Stuart Young   86 Trenchfield
 
 
12
Jamie Manning
14
Marvin Trenchfield
15
Joe Wornham
16
Alfie Cheeseman
17
George Winter
 
Goals:  Halili (53, 55, 88)
 

Ashford Town 1 -4 Sutton United

12th May 2009



 Billy Dunn hat-trick and a fantastic chipped effort from Bentley Graham helped Steve Griffin’s Youth team take a giant leap towards winning the Southern Youth League title outright.

 

Sutton started much the brighter side on a dusty pitch when Robbie Drewett played the ball into Billy Dunn’s feet 35 yards out and his flick gave fellow forward Bajrush Halili space to cross the ball to the onrushing Bentley Graham who thumped the ball against the top of the bar. Shortly afterwards Halili won the ball 25 yards from goal and played a neat one-two with Dunn but shot over from the edge of the box. Dunn then met Halili’s cross from the right with a volley that could only find the keeper’s arms, but when Drewett’s quick throw in found Graham on the goal-line, the U’s skipper played a simple knock inside that took the home keeper out of the game and allowed Dunn to roll the ball into an empty net. Drewett then crossed from the left and found Halili as Sutton tried to extend the lead, but the forward could only direct his header straight at the keeper. For much of the opening half an hour Ashford had been reduced to long range efforts that drifted harmlessly wide and when they eventually had their first clear-cut chance, the forward picked the wrong option shooting first-time instead of taking a touch 12 yards out and the ball flew high and wide. However on 44 minutes Ben Clarke’s kick was caught by the wind and when an Ashford midfielder lobbed the ball forward, the Sutton keeper and Charlie Ottaway were caught in two minds allowed Jimmy Stanford in to flick the ball into the net.

 

The second half started in the same way as the first, with Sutton fired up looking for the win. Stuart Young and Michael Hunte hassled the opponent’s midfield into giving the ball away to Graham, who gave Dunn the chance to shoot but his effort deflected off a defender and looped over the bar. However on 54 minutes Hunte found Dunn on the left, who then cut in past the full-back and rifled the ball past the keeper to put Sutton back in front. Dunn and Graham then had further efforts that couldn’t find the target, before Ashford threatened again with a couple of free-kicks in dangerous positions. The first from the left was knocked to the back post and but the oncoming striker couldn’t find the target, and from a similar position just two minutes later Clarke did well to keep his eye on the ball as a free man nearly got a flick that could have easily led to an equaliser. Clarke immediately spotted Stuart Young in space and his quick throw out allowed the winger to run the length of the pitch, but despite his shot being blocked, picked up the rebound and was then tripped in the penalty area, giving Billy Dunn the chance to complete his hat-trick from the spot. With a two-goal cushion Sutton looked comfortable all over the pitch and continued to threaten, eventually winning a corner following some great work between Hunte, Graham and Halili. Young spotted Graham’s late burst and found him with a low ball on the edge of the penalty area, and the skipper’s deft chip was far too good and gave the keeper no chance as it nestled into the back of the net. Drewett then knocked the ball into Halili, who’s exquisite turn gave him the chance to shoot from 15 yards but the keeper did well to get down low to his left, whilst Josh Gallagher could have put the icing on the cake in the closing minutes as he ran onto Graham’s long ball and flashed a volley across the face of the goal.

 

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Ben Clarke
2
James Young
3
Robbie Drewett 
4
Elliott Tomkins
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Michael Hunte 80 Gallagher
8
Gerald Akosa
9
Billy Dunn
10
Bajrush Halili 82 Wornham
11
Stuart Young  83 Manning
 
 
12
Jamie Manning
14
Josh Gallagher
15
Joe Wornham
16
 
17
 
 
Goals:  Dunn (13, 54, 65p), Graham (77)
 

Sutton United 1-3 Croydon

7th May 2009


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Croydon turned in an excellent performance to win the Southern Youth League Cup at Gander Green Lane in a match that was marred by a first-half fracas that saw both teams reduced to ten men.

In an open first few minutes, both sides could have taken an early lead as the dangerous Stefan Payne shot straight at home keeper Adam Skinner, whilst Jerson Dos Santos beat the offside trap to race through but his effort was well saved. Bentley Graham then beat his man on the right before whipping a low cross across the 6-yard box but Stuart Young just failed to connect, and then Young ghosted past his man on the left before putting in a cross that beat everyone including the flat-footed Billy Dunn. Croydon then began to threaten, with Payne drifting in from the left and finding Jazz Gold on the edge of the box, but he could only pull his shot wide, then Payne headed wide from Gold’s cross before the pressure finally took it’s toll when Dan Axpoulta chased down a long ball on the right and crossed for Payne to blast the ball past Skinner. Gold then saw a volley from the edge of the box deflected wide as Croydon tried to extend the lead, but the game erupted shortly after the half-hour mark following a late Harry Scola challenge on Gold on the halfway line. Gold reacted poorly, choosing to kick out at Elliott Tomkins which sparked a fracas that led to his sending off, along with Sutton forward Dunn. That seemed to knock the stuffing out of Croydon for the rest of the half, and Sutton equalised when Michael Hunte’s cross was hooked back across goal by Graham to Dos Santos who rose well to head the ball home.

Croydon started the second half much the stronger though, and when Hunte headed a cross out to what would normally be a safe zone 35 yards out, the danger seemed to have passed, but defender Aaron Thompson saw Skinner just a couple of feet off his line and fired a breathtaking volley looping into the net. With Sutton stunned, Scola mis-controlled a throw-in which allowed Payne to run through and despite Skinner saving his first effort, scored at the second attempt giving Croydon a two-goal cushion. At the other end Hunte then flashed a shot wide, before Dos Santos smashed a shot at goal that the keeper could only parry after being put through by Graham, but the keeper again did well to push the follow-up effort around the post for a corner. Skinner then did exceptionally well to prevent Croydon further extending the lead, but the evening was summed up late on when Young cut in from the left and could only shoot weakly with his right foot straight at the keeper.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Adam Skinner
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Robbie Drewett  54 Halili
4
Harry Scola  53 Young
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Michael Hunte
8
Elliot Mitchell  72 Gallagher
9
Billy Dunn
10
Jerson dos Santos
11
Stuart Young  
 
 
12
Bajrush Halili
14
Josh Gallagher
15
Gerald Akosa
16
Joe Wornham
17
James Young
 
Goals:  dos Santos (37)
 

Merstham 0-2 Sutton United

23rd April 2009


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Sutton kept their dream of a League and Cup Double alive with a win at Merstham in a game that saw the return of Jerson Dos Santos to the youth setup.

The visiting side nearly went ahead as early as the 3rd minute, Dos Santos meeting Stuart Young’s cross from the left with a half-volley that he could only direct straight into the keeper’s arms. The lively front pair of Dos Santos and Billy Dunn combined well again shortly after, Dunn doing well to beat two defenders but blazed his cross-shot over the bar. Dunn then got his head on the end of a long Charlie Ottaway free-kick and squared the ball to Josh Gallagher, who was unlucky to see his shot blocked on the edge of the 6-yard box, whilst it was Dunn again on the right that centred the ball for Young but he headed straight at the keeper. Sutton went in front though on 26 minutes, when Gallagher played a neat through-ball to Dos Santos, who kinked inside from the left and tucked the ball past the keeper. As the game neared the interval, Dunn chased a long ball down but despite the keeper getting to the ball first, he could only slice the ball to Stuart Young, who saw his shot well saved but Dos Santos was on hand to knock in the rebound. Sutton continued to pile the pressure on, Bentley Graham seeing his effort from 35 yards dip just over the bar, and on the stroke of half-time a long Adam Skinner clearance found Dos Santos who played a one-two with Graham that put him clear but the keeper did well to save.

The second half was in truth a drab affair, Sutton content to see the game out with Merstham having few chances. Dunn did have the ball in the back of the net when Dos Santos dinked the ball through to him, but was adjudged to be marginally offside. Dunn again volleyed over from Graham’s free-kick, before Merstham threatened with a counter-attack of their own but Skinner was quickly off his line to clear the ball. Graham then ran forcefully through 3 challenges but was tackled as he was about to pull the trigger, whilst Gallagher shot weakly when put through by substitute Bajrush Halili. Merstham then had a couple of efforts from the edge of the box that didn’t really trouble Skinner, before Halili was put through by Gerald Akosa but despite shooting powerfully from 18 yards, could only direct it straight into the keeper’s arms.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Adam Skinner
2
Michael Hunte
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola  88 Tomkins
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Josh Gallagher
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Billy Dunn
10
Jerson dos Santos
11
Stuart Young  
 
 
12
Bajrush Halili
14
James Cottee
15
Gerald Akosa
16
Elliot Tomkins
17
Alex Griffin
 
Goals:  dos Santos (26, 37)
 

Sutton United 3 - 1 Epsom & Ewell

20th April 2009


Sutton won an entertaining contest at Gander Green Lane that featured plenty of good attacking football from both sides as they edged closer to becoming the first side to finish a Southern Youth League season with a 100% record.

 

The visitors started the game slightly stronger than Sutton and went close twice in the early stages, with one effort going narrowly wide and Adam Skinner doing well to beat another strike away. As Sutton started to get into the game, James Cottee just failed to meet Stuart Young’s cross from the left, but on 18 minutes, Cottee flicked the ball through to Bajrush Halili who out-muscled the defender and despite the keeper saving his first effort, managed to drag the ball back to give himself space to poke the ball into the unguarded net. The game turned into a battle of the midfields as Epsom tried to get themselves back into it without really creating any clear-cut chances, but after a series of corners around the half-hour mark it looked like it was only a matter of time before Sutton’s lead was extended. Firstly Young’s cross confused the defence and was deflected wide, then Harry Scola headed over at the far post and Cottee just over-ran the ball when put through by Halili. Michael Hunte’s inch-perfect cross was then met by Halili, but his header fell kindly into the keeper’s chest, and then Cottee was unlucky to see his powerful strike from 20 yards parried by the keeper after Elliot Mitchell had put Halili through on the right. On the stroke of half-time though it was Epsom’s turn to pile the pressure on, and from their fourth successive corner Paul Birch volleyed powerfully into the far post to level the scores.

 

The home side began the second half with their tails up though. Shortly after Stuart Young’s cross had been gathered at the second attempt by the Epsom keeper, half-time substitute Josh Gallagher bravely headed to Cottee, who touched the ball inside to Halili to fired the ball low and hard past the keeper to restore Sutton’s lead. Cottee then broke free on the right and cut the ball back to Young, but his shot was blocked, whilst a rare Epsom attack down the right-hand side saw their forward head wide. The game was effectively won though just after an hour, as Drewett’s long searching ball down the left was flicked on by Cottee to Halili. He returned the ball inside to the onrushing Cottee but instead of shooting first-time, he pushed the ball outside to Mitchell who rifled the ball into the net. Halili then had a chance to complete his hat-trick but the keeper smothered his close range effort, and in the closing minutes Mitchell volleyed wide following a deep Drewett free-kick from the left.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Adam Skinner
2
James Young   46 Gallagher
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola  88 Tomkins
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Michael Hunte
8
Gerald Akosa
9
James Cottee  78 Wornham
10
Bajrush Halili  
11
Stuart Young  
 
 
12
Josh Gallagher
14
Jamie Manning
15
Elliot Tomkins
16
Bentley Graham
17
Joe Wornham
 
Goals:  Halili (18,51) Mitchell (65)
 


Raynes Park Vale 1-4 Sutton United

14th April 2009


Sutton’s Youth Team beat Raynes Park Vale to progress through to the Semi-final of the Southern Youth League Cup with a win that they were made to work hard for on a rock hard pitch in a swirling wind that didn’t help to create the most appealing of matches.

Early half-chances came through a couple of Billy Dunn free-kicks from the left, but it was the home side that had the first real chance of the evening as their forward broke free on the left but could only poke the ball wide of the post. The same forward then broke free from the Sutton back-line but crashed a volley over the bar, but as Sutton began to take control of the game Dunn reacted fastest to Bajrush Halili’s neat flick to beat the keeper at the second attempt putting the visitors in front. The lead was nearly doubled shortly after as Stuart Young switched the play from the left to Michael Hunte on the right, who touched the ball inside to Elliot Mitchell but his crashing volley was turned around the post for a corner. Harry Scola then headed wide from another Young corner, before Vale threatened to score again but were thwarted by impressive debutant keeper Adam Skinner. As the half reached a close, Dunn, Stuart Young, James Young and Elliott Tomkins all had chances to extend the lead but none could find the target.

The home side started the second half the stronger, and despite Skinner doing well to turn another effort from a break-away round the post for a corner, he could do nothing to prevent the ball flying past him from the resulting set-piece that levelled the score. Just two minutes later though, James Young broke from inside his own half and teed up Dunn to restore Sutton’s lead as he slotted the ball under the onrushing keeper from 18 yards. As Sutton bid to kill the game off in the closing 15 minutes, Dunn just failed to connect with Bentley Graham’s free-kick, whilst James Young shot wide from the edge of the box shortly after. In the closing minutes, Dunn was first to meet Stuart Young’s corner but the post denied him his hat-trick, with Josh Gallagher putting the rebound wide shooting on the turn. Another Graham free-kick though was only parried by the keeper and despite Scola’s follow-up being blocked, Robbie Drewett was on hand to turn in the rebound. As the game entered injury time, Dunn put in a perfect deep cross for Hunte to add a fourth goal. Scola then had an effort ruled out for offside, whilst Mitchell was unlucky to see his speculative free-kick from 40 yards tipped over.

 
Lineup
 
1
Adam Skinner
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Michael Hunte
8
Bentley Graham   (90 Akosa)
9
Billy Dunn
10
Bajrush Halili   (65 Gallagher)
11
Stuart Young   (90 Griffin)
 
 
12
Jamie Manning
14
Alex Griffin
15
Marvin Trenchfield
16
Gerald Akosa
17
Josh Gallagher
 
Goals:  Dunn (19, 51), Drewett (87), Hunte (90)
 

 

 


Chipstead 1-2 Sutton United

8th April 2009


The Youth Team’s second match of the week ended in victory again after a hard-fought contest at Chipstead as Steve Griffin continued to show faith in a number of the Under-16s that showed so much promise against Molesey just 72 hours previously.

 

Sutton started sharply with Elliot Mitchell feeding a neat ball through to James Cottee but his first-time volley flew over the bar. Bajrush Halili then pressured the home full-back into losing possession, but lobbed just wide. Chipstead then began to come into the game more with a series of corners presenting a number of half-chances that were well blocked by a dogged defence. On the 20-minute mark though Halili beat a defender to a 50-50 aerial challenge and in the ensuing tussle for the ball was brought down on the edge of the area. Elliot Mitchell confidently smashed the penalty low and hard to put the visitors in front. Sutton threatened to extend the lead when James Cottee met a great Robbie Drewett cross that beat the keeper but struck the post, and Jamie Manning then smashed a volley from range just over, and then Halili blocked the home keeper’s kick but saw his snap-shot hit the side-netting, but Chipstead equalised on the stroke of half time as Ryan Wood capitalised on a loose clearance by stroking the ball past Ben Clarke in the Sutton goal.

 

The second half started again with Sutton on the front foot, Halili just failing to connect with a Manning cross from the left and then Mitchell shooting wide from 30 yards. On the hour-mark though Mitchell galloped down the left wing beating two men before crossing to Cottee, who had time to chest the ball down before volleying into the net to score the youth teams’s 100th goal of the season. Josh Gallagher, just on as a substitute, nearly put the match beyond doubt but his shot from the edge of the box was tipped around the post. As Sutton piled the pressure on, Halili worked well with Cottee up front before volleying ovewr, and then James Young headed over from a Drewett corner. Further chances fell to Halili, Lewis Lovelock and Harry Scola as the game drew to a close but they all failed to hit the target.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Ben Clarke
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Chris Sessegnon    78 Trenchfield
8
Gerald Akosa
9
Bajrush Halili
10
James Cottee          77 Lovelock
11
Jamie Manning        58 Gallagher
 
 
12
Perry Sexton
14
Alex Griffin
15
Marvin Trenchfield
16
Lewis Lovelock
17
Josh Gallagher
 
Goals:  Mitchell (21p), Cottee (60)
 

 

 

Sutton United 6-0 Molesey

6th April 2009

With the reserves playing their League Cup semi-final at Bedfont tonight, Sutton were forced into several changes which meant a number of the Colts’ Under-16s team were given the chance to show a glimpse of what can be achieved next season as they turned Molesey over comfortable.

Sutton started on the front-foot from kick-off and nearly went in front straight away but Chris Sessegnon’s dangerous cross just evaded James Cottee at the far post. In only the 3rd minute though Cottee jinked past the visiting right-back and put in a low cross that gave Josh Gallagher the simplest of tap-ins. The home side continued to plough forward, with Cottee, Gallagher and Bajrush Halili all going close from range, and then Cottee’s lob just dropped over the bar. Molesey began to come into the game though, having a couple of efforts blocked and deflected wide, but 2 goals in as many minutes effectively killed the game off. Firstly on 26 minutes, Sessegnon again beat his man down the right hand side and crossed for Halili to knock down to Cottee, who saw his shot deflected over. But from Robbie Drewett’s deep corner, Harry Scola knocked the ball down to James Young to smash home. A minute later, Sessegnon controlled the Molesey keepers long clearance before playing a neat through-ball to Cottee, who rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Jamie Manning and Halili could have both extended the lead early in the second half with difficult volleys that just missed the target, whilst Cottee and Gallagher were both unlucky as their keeper made an excellent double-save. Cottee again saw his powerful volley parried by the keeper, but after 57 minutes Halili was put through by a defence-splitting pass from midfield, rounded the keeper and hooked the ball into the net from a near-impossible angle. Just after the hour Gerald Akosa picked the ball up on the half-way line and played a glorious cross-field ball to the onrushing Sessegnon, who pulled the ball back to Cottee who claimed his second goal of the night. The win was wrapped up in the 82nd minute when Lewis Lovelock beat a defender to the ball with a brave header than allowed Halili to smash home.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Alex Griffin
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Gerald Akosa
7
Chris Sessegnon
8
Josh Gallagher
9
James Cottee
10
Bajrush Halili
11
Jamie Manning
 
 
12
Marvin Trenchfield
14
George Winter
15
Harry Goodwins
16
Ope Fashoro
17
Lewis Lovelock
 
Goals:  Gallagher (3), Young (26), Cottee (28, 65), Halili (57, 82)
 

 

Sutton United 2-1 Colliers Wood Utd

23rd March 2009

Steve Griffin’s youth team clinched the Southern Youth League Central Division in a hard fought game with an injury time winner from Billy Dunn preserving U’s 100% league record this season.

In a first-half devoid of many goalscoring opportunities with a swirling wind playing havoc with the ball, Sutton’s back four snuffed out any threat that the visitors had with their pacy forward line but tended to rely too much on the long ball as the ball all too often carried through to the keeper. Dunn had an early effort from range saved comfortably, and whilst Stuart Young’s touch through allowed Joe Wornham space to shoot just over the var. Wornham then fed Dunn inside from the right, who flicked the ball out to the left to Young and the winger fired in a cross that Wornham himself just failed to make sufficient contact at the far post. After 35 minutes though Young’s corner was met by Dunn 8 yards out, but despite his flick header coming off the post Harry Scola was on hand to volley Sutton in front. A minute later Young floated in a free-kick that was just beyond Scola at the far post, before George Winter put Dunn through but despite shooting powerfully the keeper managed to save comfortably.

Sutton were caught napping early in the second half and were made to pay when a long swirling kick upfield from the visiting keeper beat Charlie Ottaway, and Tyronne Pink stroked the ball into the corner of the net to equalise. Dunn again had a long-range effort saved before a neat one-two between Wornham and Young put the former through but he couldn’t get his shot in quick enough. On the hour-mark another Young set-piece was met by Scola at the far post, but his header rebounded off the post and led to a scramble that eventually fell to Dunn who’s shot flashed across the goal but just the wrong side of the post. Elliot Mitchell saw his volley well saved by the keeper after Michael Hunte’s powerful header on goal was blocked, and Hunte again broke free on the right before shooting narrowly over. Jonny Humphreys, Dunn and Hunte all had further efforts blocked and saved as the game looked to be heading for a draw, but as the game entered injury time Dunn jinked inside from the left and curled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to win the division for Sutton and preserve their 100% record.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLaughlin
2
James Young
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Michael Hunte
8
George Winter   (46 Graham)
9
Billy Dunn
10
Joe Wornham (55 Humphreys [89 Trenchfield])
11
Stuart Young
 
 
12
Marvin Trenchfield
14
Jamie Manning
15
Bentley Graham
16
Jonny Humphreys
17
Alfie Cheeseman
 
Goals:  Scola (35), Dunn (90)
 

 

Raynes Park Vale 0-3 Sutton United
AET (H/T 0-2)

16th March 2009

Sutton’s youth team closed in on the divisional title with a hard-fought win at Raynes Park Vale and in doing so made it 10 wins out of 10 in the league this season.

 

The first chance of the evening came from a Stuart Young corner, gained in fortuitous circumstances when the home keeper failed to control a back-pass. Elliot Mitchell met the cross with a first-time volley that the keeper managed to parry before gathering before any lurking forward could capitalise. Some neat play on the right by Michael Hunte then fell to Stuart Young who appeared to be tripped in the box but the referee waved play on. After 15 minutes Josh Gallagher collected the ball on the half-way line and played the ball out to the left to Young, who touched the ball inside for Joe Wornham but his shot flashed past the far post. Gallagher then saw a shot from 25 yards drift harmlessly over the bar as the pressure mounted, but it looked like turning into a frustrating evening for the U’s as Bajrush Halili just failed to connect when put clear by Wornham. After 34 minutes though the visitors finally made the pressure tell when another Young corner, this time from the right, was met by James Young with a flicked header that nestled nicely in the corner of the net. Just two minutes later Stuart Young brought the ball down exquisitely on the half-way line before and beat three opponents before knocking a great pass through to Wornham who fired home.

 

The second half started slowly with Sutton content to sit on their 2-goal lead, whilst the home side found it difficult to break down the stubborn defence and were restricted to shots from range. At the other end the two Youngs nearly combined again from a corner, but James Young’s shot just wend wide. Halili was again unlucky to see his shot just drift wide, but the win was secured 15 minutes from time when substitute Bentley Graham was bundled over on the corner of the penalty area, and Stuart Young scored direct from the set-piece in the far corner of the net. Sutton had further chances to extend the lead through impressive debutant George Winter, who shot just wide, and then Halili again who somehow managed to wriggle through the defence but then shot weakly at the keeper.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLaughlin
2
James Young
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Elliot Mitchell   74 Graham
7
Michael Hunte
8
Josh Gallagher 54 Winter
9
Bajrush Halili
10
Joe Wornham
11
Stuart Young 78 Manning
 
 
12
Marvin Trenchfield
14
Jamie Manning
15
Bentley Graham
16
George Winter
17
Chris Sessegnon
 
Goals:  J Young (34), Wornham (36), S Young (75)
 

 
Woking 2-1 Sutton United
AET (H/T 0-1, F/T 1-1)

23rd February 2009

For the second time this season Sutton travelled to Kingfield in a cup competition and for the second time Woking ensured that their visitors left gutted. After an enthralling contest that saw both sides well-matched and playing some breathtaking football despite Sutton’s injury woes, it was an injury time goal in the second half of extra time that won the game and sent the hosts through to the final of the Surrey Under-18s Midweek Floodlit Cup.

The first half was mostly played out in the middle of the park with the foursome of Josh Gallagher, Elliot Mitchell, Bentley Graham and Marvin Trenchfield giving their counterparts a stern test, both in breaking up their attacks and linking up with the busy partnership of Sonni James and Jonny Humphreys up front. Joe McLoughlin in the Sutton goal did well to recover from a weak punch by getting down quickly to block the follow-up shot and pushing it round the post for a corner after 10 minutes. Sutton’s first meaningful attack came when Michael Hunte put over a deep free-kick that fell to Graham 20 yards out, but his shot was deflected for a corner. Shortly after though the visitors took the lead when another deep cross from the left, this time from Graham, looked to be falling invitingly onto Gallagher’s right boot but the Woking defender, despite doing well to get anything on it, could only look on in despair as his header looped over his own keeper and into the net for an own-goal. Sutton continued to press with James terrorising the home team’s defence throughout, despite being a major doubt through injury just an hour before kick-off. 5 minutes before half-time though, leading scorer Humphreys appeared to badly jar his knee when going to close down a defender and was worryingly stretchered off, replaced by Joe Wornham.

Straight from the restart James and Trenchfield linked up well as they sliced the Woking defence open but James was unlucky to see his cross cut out before the onrushing U’s midfield could meet it. Chances at both ends came and went – Woking mainly being restricted to shots from range that either drifted high and wide or straight into McLoughlin’s arms, whilst Sutton tended to carve more openings out. James could have extended the lead after an hour when put through by Wornham but the keeper did well to rush out and narrow the angle. Graham pulled off a great bit of skill pulling the ball down in the middle of the park before beating 2 men and firing in a shot that squirmed past the far post, but only a couple of minutes later Woking equalised when a free-kick on the half-way line was allowed to get as far as the back post where their centre-back nodded the ball past the keeper. Again straight from the kick-off U’s threatened, James wriggling his way through but his shot didn’t have the pace to beat the keeper. James turned provider as his cutback fell to Wornham, but his shot was blocked, whilst Robbie Drewett was unlucky to see his powerful free-kick tipped over the bar after James was cynically tripped 20 yards out. As both sides looked to win it in normal time, further long-range efforts from the hosts and Gallagher were well saved by the respective keepers.

Mitchell had a powerful effort from the edge of the box tipped around the post early in the 1st period of extra time, and Gerald Akosa was very unlucky to see his shot on the stretch go over the bar after some great work by James down the right. The evening ended in agony though as Woking grabbed a last gasp goal from close range deep into injury time as the game looked to be heading to penalties.

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLaughlin
2
Josh Gallagher
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Bentley Graham   (60 Akosa)
7
Michael Hunte
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Sonni James
10
Jonny Humphreys   (40 Wornham)
11
Marvin Trenchfield   (90 Manning)
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
Gerald Akosa
15
Jamie Manning
16
Lewis Lovelock
17
Elliott Tomkins
 
Goals:  Own Goal (18)
 


 
Bisley Sports 1-7 Sutton United

18th February 2009

Sutton progressed through to the Semi-Finals of the Surrey Cup last night following a blistering second-half performance despite this being the first game for nearly a month due to the recent spate of bad weather.

Playing at Farnborough’s hugely revamped Cherrywood Road ground, Bisley started the game slightly the stronger and Joe McLoughlin had to be alert to parry a shot from 20 yards before blocking the rebound. Sutton slowly began to assert themselves in the game though, firstly through intricate play between Stuart Young, Bentley Graham and Robbie Drewett which won the first of a series of corners that led to chances for Elliot Mitchell, James Young and Harry Scola but none of them could find the target. Scola’s long ball over the top just evaded the home team’s full-back which allowed Michael Hunte to pull the ball back to Sonni James whose shot was pushed around the post for another corner. Stuart Young’s deep set-piece then caused confusion in the packed penalty area and Scola was again unlucky to see his header go the wrong side of the post. James had a further effort saved following a neat through-ball from Mitchell, and as a frustrating half neared an end, Humphreys was unlucky to hear the referee’s whistle go as the ball trickled into the net having been adjudged to have fouled the keeper as he chased down a short back-pass.

If the first half was frustrating from a Sutton point of view, the second half could not have been more different. From the off Steve Griffin’s team were on the front-foot and despite a small glitch midway through, ran out more than comfortable winners. It took just 3 minutes after the restart as Graham, who alongside central-midfield partner Mitchell dictated play throughout, caught the home defence flat-footed with a touch through to Jonny Humphreys and he made no mistake to fire Sutton in front. Hunte then beat the keeper to another Graham through-ball and squared the ball to Humphreys, who perhaps should have opted for placement rather than power as his shot cannoned off the outside of the post. It didn’t take long for the lead to be doubled though – Graham won the ball on the half-way line and played a fine one-two with James that allowed the former to run on and slot past the keeper. Bisley slowly began to come back into the game, mainly with shots from range but when they pulled a goal back after 65 minutes with a far-post header from a corner, Sutton’s minds began to re-focus on the task in hand. With twenty minutes to go, Hunte surged down the right past the full-back and his cut-back inside was dummied by Stuart Young allowing Graham space to beat the keeper and restore Sutton’s two-goal cushion. Three-one became Four-one when James got on the end of Graham’s knock inside and fired home and this seemed to open the floodgates. Soon after, the instrumental Graham won the ball strongly on the edge of the area and played the ball outside to Mitchell, whose excellent cross gave Humphreys the chance to volley his second of the game. The rout was nearly complete when Graham’s deep cross found Scola in space who headed past the keeper, and finally Mitchell touched the ball through to Joe Wornham who tapped home.

Sutton will be away to Woking in the semi-finals.

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLaughlin
2
Chris Sessegnon
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Michael Hunte   (86 Trenchfield)
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys   (82 Wornham)
10
Sonni James   (82 Halili)
11
Stuart Young
 
 
12
Bajrush Halili
14
Joe Wornham
15
Marvin Trenchfield
16
Lewis Lovelock
17
James Manning
 
Goals:  Humphreys (48, 82), Graham (53, 70), James (80), Scola (84), Wornham (86)
 


 
Sutton United 5-1 St. Andrews

14th January 2009

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Following a month off because of Christmas and the recent poor weather, Sutton’s youth team began 2009 as the ended 2008 with a convincing victory that stretched their lead at the top of their Southern Youth League Central Division to 11 points and continued the 100% league record for the season, despite missing several players who were on duty with the reserves at Met Police. Indeed the result was even more impressive considering six of tonight’s players came from this season’s Under 16s team.

It was St. Andrews who were presented with the first opportunity when Amaro pounced on Ryan Morbin’s clearance after only 2 minutes, but he shot harmlessly over when clean through on goal. At the other end Sutton responded strongly though, with Joe Wornham’s shot blocked, Harry Scola heading over and Marvin Trenchfield firing wide, but after 10 minutes a loose clearance was picked up by Sonni James on the right touchline and his neat touch inside found Wornham who curled a shot inside the far post to put Sutton in front. Just a minute later though, the visitors were level when Amaro was put through and he slotted the ball under the advancing Morbin. It didn’t take Sutton long to respond though as after 14 minutes James latched onto a loose clearance 30 yards out and managed to waltzed his way through two challenges before rolling the ball home. Jonny Humphreys nearly extended the lead midway through the first half but shot wide after a neat lay-off from Wornham, whilst Gerald Akosa’s superb turn and touch through found Wornham who chipped narrowly over the bar. The key goal came from a series of Sonni James corners following Lewis Wilson’s deflected shot – firstly Scola’s header was deflected over, then Akosa’s shot was touched over by the keeper and finally James Young’s shot was touched in by Wornham for his second of the evening. The last action of the half saw Scola break from the back and play a through ball to Wornham, but he was denied a hat-trick by an excellent save from the keeper.

The visitors nearly pulled a goal back with the first action of the second half when a dangerous free-kick from the left touchline was met by an oncoming forward with a powerful header that crashed against the bar. On the hour-mark Sutton had a convincing shout for a penalty when James was brought down but were dismayed by the goal kick awarded instead, but Humphreys had further chances to stretch the lead, firstly rounding the keeper but shooting wide and then having another shot from the edge of the area turned away after the keeper had initially saved well from James. The fourth goal finally came 5 minutes before full-time when debutant Bajrush Halili, who had replaced Wornham, met James cross with a simple close range header, and it was Halili again who finished the scoring by cutting in from the left and slotting past the keeper following good work from another impressive debutant, Chris Sessegnon. Halili could have bagged a hat-trick from the restart, robbing a defender but shot just wide.

 
Lineup
 
1
Ryan Morbin
2
Chris Sessegnon
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Gerald Akosa
7
Sonni James
8
Lewis Wilson
9
Jonny Humphreys
10
Joe Wornham
11
Marvin Trenchfield
 
 
12
Bajrush Halili
14
Charlie Girdler
15
Lewis Lovelock
16
Jamie Manning
17
Abu Mansaray
 
Goals:  Wornham (10, 35), James (14), Halili (87, 89)
 



Photography by Simon Roe

 
Molesey 0-5 Sutton United

17th December 2008

Four goals from Jonny Humphreys and one from Elliot Mitchell secured another victory for the Youths tonight at Molesey as Sutton’s youngsters took their overall goal-tally for the season to 70 (seventy!).

 

Sutton started the brighter of the two sides as Mitchell and Bentley Graham in the middle of the park fed balls through to Abu Mansaray and Stuart Young down both flanks as they tried to use their pace to beat the full-backs, and nearly took the lead from a soft Sonni James strike in the 8th minute that the Molesey keeper inexplicably let roll under his foot, but the ball trickled off the foot of the post and back into the grateful keeper’s arms. It wasn’t long before Humphreys was on the score-sheet though as he picked the ball up 40 yards out and cut inside 3 defenders before shooting powerfully past the keeper from the edge of the penalty area. Sutton doubled the lead with a move that started deep inside their own half with Charlie Ottaway, Mitchell, Michael Hunte and Mansaray all exchanging passes as the ball made it’s way back to Mitchell 25 yards out. His neat drag-back beat the defender and allowed him the space to fire in an unstoppable shot that nestled in the back of the net. Another quick breakaway starting on the edge of the Sutton penalty area saw the ball move rapidly upfield from Mansaray to James to Mitchell and back to James, who slotted the ball through to Graham and his cross found Humphreys who’s stretching shot just went over the bar. The result was effectively put beyond doubt in the 22nd minute though as Young lashed a low cross over following a quick free-kick leaving Humphreys with the simplest of tasks of slotting home. Just before the half-hour mark, Humphreys claimed his second consecutive hat-trick as the Sutton midfield stretched their opponents with some simple possession football ending up with Graham’s cross that allowed the striker to bundle the ball home.

 

The second half was a comparatively quiet affair with plenty of near misses – most noticeably from Harry Scola who saw countless headers parried or drift wide and a long-range curling effort that just eluded the far post with the keeper well beaten. After Humphreys had pulled a shot just wide of the near post on the hour-mark though, he made no mistake a couple of minutes later blasting his 4th and Sutton’s 5th of the evening from 8 yards. Molesey had a man sent off following a trip on Sonni James when he was clean-through on goal and the visitors again threatened to run riot. Two substitutes – Lewis Wilson and James Cottee – combined well with the latter having a flick saved by the keeper, and then Wilson saw his shot from the edge of the box tipped around the post, whilst Cottee and James had further chances deflected wide.

 
Lineup
 
1
Ryan Morbin
2
Michael Hunte
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Bentley Graham   50 Wilson
7
Stuart Young
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys   75 Wornham
10
Sonni James  
11
Abu Mansaray    5 Cottee
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
Lewis Wilson
15
James Cottee
16
Jamie Manning
17
James Young
 
Goals:  Humphreys (10, 22, 28, 62), Mitchell (15)
 


Croydon 2-3 Sutton United

8th December 2008

Steve Griffin’s team dug in deep tonight at a bitterly cold Croydon Arena as the home side, sitting second behind Sutton in the league, threatened to bring the visitors’ 100% record to an end.

Croydon opened the game as slightly the brighter side, probing the Sutton back-four but struggled to find a way through for the first 10 minutes, and grew frustrated at being limited to long-range efforts that didn’t prove any real test for Joe McLoughlin in goal. After the home side’s Payne was booked following a late challenge on Stuart Young in the 16th minute, Elliot Mitchell’s long clearance found Jonny Humphreys and his superb first touch to bring the ball down allowed him to round the last defender before slotting the ball under the keeper from a tight angle. It only took Croydon a couple of minutes to equalise though when a dangerous free-kick from the left found skipper Jazz Gold who headed powerfully home. Sutton went straight up the other end and were unlucky not to regain the lead when Abu Mansaray’s driving run was ended clumsily by the full-back and Stuart Young’s lashed free-kick just fell behind Bentley Graham. Just 3 minutes later though, a passing move that started deep in Sutton’s half and involving debutant Robbie Drewett, Mitchell, James Young and then Michael Hunte led to a defence-splitting pass by the latter that allowed Mansaray the space to cross for Humphreys to nod the ball into the back of the net. Sutton seemingly had the game won a couple of minutes before half-time when Humphreys completed his hat-trick following a one-two with Mansaray on the edge of the box, and then Sonni James blasted an effort narrowly over, but on the stroke of half-time Croydon pulled a goal back when a deep cross from the left eluded McLoughlin and Lewis Goddard had the easiest of headers to make the score 3-2.

The second half started slowly with Sutton eager to break up any momentum that Croydon’s second goal might have given the hosts, but both sides had further chances to score. On the hour mark a corner fell nicely at the feet of the Croydon forward but his effort was well saved by McLoughlin, and at the other end James fired a difficult volley straight at the keeper from Mansaray’s cross. Lewis Wilson then threaded a neat ball through to James but the forward couldn’t quite get the ball under control, but when Croydon’s Payne brought Mitchell down needlessly on the half-way line with 12 minutes to go, the referee had very little option but to send him off for a second yellow card. With Croydon pushing men forward, chances for Sutton to finally settle the game became more frequent, with Humphreys having a powerful effort from 18 yards tipped over, James hitting the outside of the post from James Cottee’s cross and finally Cottee himself just shooting wide after a strong run from Mitchell.

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLaughlin
2
Michael Hunte
3
Robbie Drewett
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Bentley Graham   (48 Wilson)
7
Stuart Young
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys   (85 Cottee)
10
Sonni James   (90 Wornham)
11
Abu Mansaray
 
 
12
Gerald Akosa
14
Marvin Trenchfield
15
Joe Wornham
16
Lewis Wilson
17
James Cottee
 
Goals:  Humphreys (16, 23, 40)
 



St. Andrews 0-2 Sutton United

27th November 2008

Sutton almost took the lead straight from kick off when Johnny Humphreys chased down a loose pass from the forward but his long range shot went just wide. Sutton continued to pressure but with little success, a lack of creativity in the final third was very evident. St Andrews limited Sutton to a couple of long range efforts, Lewis Wilson’s curling effort was pushed wide by the keeper and Michael Hunte's 25 yard drive was well saved. The breakthrough finally came on 35 minutes when a determined run from Sonni James paid off and as he broke into the St Andrews box he found the onrushing Bentley Graham who neatly chipped the ball over the keeper into the far corner. Further chances fell to Sutton but Sonni and Humphreys both dragged their efforts wide.

Sutton continued to pressure in the second half keeping the ball well but still lacking the cutting edge in the final third. The all important second goal seemed to be eluding a frustrated Sutton until on 65 minutes a loose ball in the box fell kindly to Humphreys who smashed the ball home from 8 yards. Humphreys was then replaced by Joe Wornham in the 70th minute and the sub nearly grabbed a goal himself but when through one on one he placed his shot the wrong side of the post. In the final stages of the game a very much untroubled debutant Ben Clarke in goal was called into action for the first time as he dived bravely at the feet of the St Andrews forward. The goalkeeping crisis at Sutton United was worsened however as Clarke was then carried off due to a bad knee injury following the save meaning fellow debutant at right-back Ryan Donachie went in goal for the final couple of minutes and fortunately he was not called into action.

 
Lineup
 
1
Ben Clarke
2
Ryan Donachie
3
Jamie Manning
4
Harry Scola
5
 
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Michael Hunte
8
Lewis Wilson
9
Jonny Humphreys
10
Sonni James
11
Marvin Trenchfield
 
 
12
James Cottee
14
Abu Mansaray
15
Joe Wornham
16
Abu Mansaray
17
Alex Griffin
 
Goals:  Graham (35), Humphreys (65)
 

 

 

   


Sutton United 2 - 1 Croydon aet
F/T 1-1

19th November 2008

With neither side having played since Sutton's 5-0 win against the same opposition three weeks ago, U's could have been forgiven if they thought they were again going to win convincingly. In fact they were made to dig in and find an extra gear in order to progress in the Surrey U-18 Midweek Floodlit Cup.

Sutton started strongly and perhaps should have taken the lead after only 2 minutes when Gerald Akosa’s searching ball over the top put Sonni James through with just the keeper to beat, but it was the latter who made the first of several cracking saves in a frustrating evening for the home side’s front pairing. From the resulting Stuart Young corner, Bentley Graham put his bullet header inches wide, but the rest of the initial 45 minutes was on the whole devoid of much goalmouth action as the two midfields fought out a competitive first half. Croydon could have taken the lead on 20 minutes when Daniels rolled off stand-in centre-back Graham but fired over, whilst Jonny Humphreys saw his header saved and then attempted lob on the edge of the box blocked by the onrushing keeper.

 

Sutton started the second half dangerously and Humphreys – who had an evening which can only be described as frustrating – showed a great bit of skill to flick the ball over the last Croydon defender and hitting a first-time volley that was saved magnificently by the keeper. James then broke down the right and played a simple ball inside to Humphreys who blasted over from 6 yards, and 2 minutes later Young broke from inside his half riding several challenges before shooting weakly straight at the keeper. The game turned on 55 minutes at the other end when the visitors winger played a neat ball from the right across the edge of the box to Ditchburn, who swept the ball into the far corner to put Croydon in front. Sutton went straight up the other end though and Marvin Trenchfield was unlucky to see his powerful strike saved, but Harry Scola’s header from Young’s corner shortly afterwards was blocked by a defender’s arm and Young converted the spot-kick. Humphreys saw another shot saved, but shortly after the tireless James had his shirt tugged in the area giving Sutton the ideal opportunity to go in front. This time though, Young’s penalty flew over the bar. The final few minutes of normal time saw Humphreys, James and Graham all go close but none had the luck that their efforts deserved.

 

Sutton continued to press in the first period of extra time, Humphreys again having an effort saved well by the keeper, but the game was won after 95 minutes when Young skipped around 4 players before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area. Wornham and then Scola should have put the game beyond doubt but Sutton were relieved when the final whistle finally arrived.

 

Sutton will play Bisley Sports away in the quarter-final.

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLoughlin
2
James Young
3
Stuart Young
4
Harry Scola
5
Gerald Akosa 62 Wornham
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Michael Hunte
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys 117 Wilson
10
Sonni James 88 Manning
11
Marvin Trenchfield
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
Lewis Wilson
15
Jamie Manning
16
Abu Mansaray
17
Alex Griffin
 
Goals:  S.Young(57p,95)
 

 

 

   

Sutton United 5 - 0 Croydon

29th October 2008

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Sutton bounced back from the disappointment of going out of the FA Youth Cup last week with a resounding win against previously unbeaten Croydon to maintain their 100% record in the Southern Youth League this season.

 

The first half started evenly with both sides trying to play to their strengths with the home team playing much of the football through the central midfield partnership of Bentley Graham and Elliot Mitchell, whilst the away side tried to use their pacy forward line to catch the U’s on the break. Sutton had by far the greater chances early on with Graham heading narrowly wide from a Stuart Young corner, and then Humphreys seeing his early effort saved after Michael Hunte’s neat ball over the top. Young saw a 20 yard rising effort go narrowly over, whilst Graham’s effort again went over after he was set up by Hunte. On the half-hour mark a quick free-kick from Elliot Mitchell put Sonni James through, but he shot just wide and then Hunte’s dangerous low cross again allowed James time to fire in a shot that was well saved. As the pressure mounted, James jinked his way through the defence and round the keeper but his shot from a tight angle was blocked on the line by a covering defender. Graham then met Young’s corner again but headed straight at the keeper before the breakthrough finally came on 43 minutes. Charlie Ottaway won the race to the ball deep in his own half and knocked the ball out wide to Mitchell. His ball down the line was intelligently left by the offside James but Hunte ran on to cross low for Jonny Humphreys to slot home.

 

Croydon went close early in the second half with a long range shot that Joe McLoughlin saved, but when confusion in the visitors’ back four let James dart in and round the keeper before crossing for Graham to tap in. Sutton controlled the rest of the game comfortably, stepping up the tempo when necessary which allowed them to extend their lead on 58 minutes. James Young caught the back four completely flat-footed with a perfect through-ball that Humphreys ran on to before rounding the keeper with ease and rolling the ball home. Shortly afterwards a move involving Ottaway, Hunte, Mitchell and finally James saw the latter’s shot saved, and then Humphreys was temporarily denied his hat-trick by a smart save after being put through by James’ flick. He didn’t have to wait long though as Stuart Young beat his man with ease and crossed in for Humphreys to tap in after the keeper fumbled. 4-0 became 5-0 when Joe Wornham flicked the ball through for Humphreys again to comfortably beat the keeper. Manager Steve Griffin used the last 15 minutes to give promising debuts to Under-16s players Lewis Wilson and James Cottee. The last action of the game saw Croydon reduced to 10 men when their forward was sent of for foul and abusive language.

 

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLoughlin
2
James Young
3
Stuart Young
4
Harry Scola
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Bentley Graham 71 Wornham
7
Michael Hunte 85 Wilson
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys
10
Sonni James 76 Cottee
11
Marvin Trenchfield
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
Lewis Wilson
15
James Cottee
16
Abu Mansaray
17
Jamie Manning
 
Goals:  Humphreys (43,58,69,77), Graham (52)
 

Woking 3-1 Sutton United 

22nd October 2008

Sutton’s FA Youth Cup run ended in disappointment at Kingfield tonight as Woking’s superior fitness won through against a side missing influential skipper Bentley Graham through injury and striker Billy Dunn who’s first-team form meant no risks could be taken for Saturday’s important game at Aylesbury.

 

A tentative start by both side meant few clear-cut chances were made at either end, with a long range free kick drifting high and wide over Joe McLoughlin’s goal, and Jerson Dos Santos having an effort saved by the keeper. Woking probably shaded the first half in terms of possession, but Sutton created more chances as they began to find their footing. Jamie Manning went close with a header from Michael Hunte’s cross that was saved by the keeper, but when Dos Santos flicked on a long clearance to Sonni James and got on the end of the latter’s square ball, he made no mistake in slotting the ball past the keeper to give the visitors the lead just after the half-hour mark. Sutton continued to threaten as the half wore on and probably deserved to go in with a two-goal cushion as Dos Santos and James continued to threaten, with Elliot Mitchell and Jonny Humphreys in the centre of midfield dictating the game but not quite finding the decisive ball.

 

Sutton came out strongly in the second half and James had two efforts that went close within a couple of minutes of the restart. Stuart Young’s strong run inside from the left saw James touch the ball out to Elliott Tomkins shooting wide, and then Charlie Ottaway’s free-kick was flicked on by Humphreys to James but his effort also missed the target. Woking began to assert themselves on the game on the hour-mark though and despite Hunte’s great block on the edge of the box, the ever-dangerous Woking left-winger put in a cross that just evaded the oncoming striker. From then on, in truth it was one-way traffic as Woking hunted for the equaliser - the same winger put in another cross from the left that found his target but McLoughlin somehow saved at point blank range to keep Sutton in front, but on 64 minutes he found himself in space as the ball ricocheted through to him and slotted past the onrushing Sutton keeper. The left winger was influential again for the second goal, playing a perfect ball across to the far side where it was smashed home on the volley as Woking took the lead, and the game was finally killed off in injury time when Mcloughlin was beaten in a one-on-one situation.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Joe McLoughlin
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Jamie Manning 72 Mansaray
4
Harry Scola
5
Charlie Ottaway
 
6
Michael Hunte 80 Wornham
7
Stuart Young 
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jerson Dos Santos
10
Jonny Humphreys
11
Sonni James 88 Gallagher
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
George Ansell
15
Abu Mansaray
16
Danny Bracken
17
Josh Gallgher
 
Goals:  Dos Santos (31)
 



Westfield 1-12 Sutton United 

15th October 2008

Westfield will be pleased to see the back of Sutton’s Youth Team for the season after the visitors took their goal tally in two matches at Woking Park this season to 26 – despite fielding several changes from their last visit.

 

It was always important that Sutton started well tonight in what could quite easily have been a banana-skin fixture with the enforced changes, and Stuart Young nearly punished some slack defending in as early as the 3rd minute when Michael Hunte’s cross was flicked on. Hunte made no mistake a couple of minutes later though, meeting Young’s centre with a bullet-header. Sonni James was then put through by Elliot Mitchell but despite being seemingly felled by the home goalkeeper, referee Bruce McLaren – a name that most Sutton supporters will recognise from a few years ago – adjudged the forward to have dived and showed a yellow card. When Jamie Manning’s long ball then completely deceived the home defence, Jonny Humphreys was the first to react and with a clear run at goal, made no mistake in doubling the lead. Humphreys should have got his second of the evening a minute later after Hunte and James combined down the right, but even then it only took another minute for Hunte to touch the ball inside to Elliott Tomkins who slotted the ball in the far corner. On the half-hour mark Gerald Akosa’s pass put Mitchell through and he blasted in Sutton’s 4th from 12 yards, and another excellent half of attacking football that could quite easily have resulted in doule figures alone was capped off when Young’s driving run from inside his own half allowed him to roll the ball across the goal to the far post where Akosa simply tapped the ball back to James to score.

 

Despite the second half starting in a similar fashion, it was Westfield who opened the scoring with a speculative 35-yard chip following a touch of confusion in the Sutton defence, but any threat of an extraordinary comeback was over just a minute later when James got on the end of Stuart Young’s through-ball to slot home. On 50 minutes, Hunte again opened up the home defence with a neat pass through to James, who’s backheel and turn gave him the space to score from 12 yards. On the hour-mark Stuart Young again drove forward, cutting in from the left and knocking the ball inside to Mitchell. Young carried on his run and controlled Mitchell’s exquisite chip with perfection before blasting the ball past the keeper. Mitchell was again the provider when he played in James who rounded the keeper with ease and casually knocked the ball into an empty net to claim his 4th of the evening. Joe Wornham made an instant impact after coming on to replace James when his cross fell to Humphreys in the 65th minute who had time to take a touch before beating the keeper. Tomkins’ cross then found Hunte on the edge of the box, and his neat chest down fell to Humphreys who finally got the hat-trick that his 18th birthday performance deserved with a powerful strike from 20 yards. Debutant Josh Gallagher, who had earlier come close with a volley from the edge of the box, got the final goal of the evening with a well taken goal following some good work between Manning and Humphreys.

 

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
Elliott Tomkins
3
Jamie Manning
4
Harry Scola
5
James Young
 
6
Elliot Mitchell 78 Gallagher
7
Stuart Young 72 Ansell
8
Gerald Akosa
9
Michael Hunte
10
Jonny Humphreys
11
Sonni James 64 Wornham
 
 
12
Joe Wornham
14
George Ansell
15
James Cottee
16
Marvin Trenchfield
17
Josh Gallgher
 
Goals:  Hunte (5), Humphreys (21,65,80), Tomkins (24), Mitchell (30), James (35,48, 50, 61), S.Young (60), Gallgher (82)
 

 
Sutton United 5-0 Greenwich Borough

2nd October 2008

For the second week running, Steve Griffin’s youth team won 5-0, this time back in the Southern Youth League, as the 100% start to the season continued.

 

An open first half saw some good passing football played by both sides but it was the home side who made the better chances and some excellent defending restricted Greenwich to a few long shots. Sutton took the lead in only the 7th minute, Elliot Mitchell picking up a loose ball 25 yards out and firing in a volley that somehow squirmed through the keeper’s legs. Joe Wornham nearly doubled the lead shortly afterwards, feeding off Danny Bracken’s long drop-kick that deceived the visitors’ back-four, but a covering defender just managed to get back in time to block the shot. Greenwich’s best period of the match followed, but they couldn’t make the most of the chances they had which saw a free header comfortably saved by Bracken and then a weak shot trickle wide, but Sutton were soon down the other end trying to extend their lead. Jonny Humphreys had a low shot from 20 yards tipped round the post by the keeper before Bentley Graham had a goal disallowed following a foul on the keeper. The second goal came after 29 minutes when Abu Mansaray latched onto a slight clearance and nodded the ball round the last defender before beating the keeper at the near post from the edge of the box. Some fantastic one-touch football between Graham, Humphreys and then Mansaray put the latter through, but his first touch allowed the keeper to gather the ball when a third goal looked likely. Substitute James Young, on for Karl Humphrey who picked up a nasty knee injury, then started the move of the game on the half-way line that involved some neat interplay between Graham and Mitchell that tore the visitors’ midfield apart and allowed Graham to touch the ball through to Humphreys to fire a low shot into the far corner for the 3rd goal.

 

The second half started slowly but Sutton always looked the likelier side to score. Both the Sutton front pairing of Humphreys and Wornham were stopped from increasing the lead by some good goalkeeping, and when Humphreys did have the ball in the net play was pulled back for an earlier offside. Wornham was unlucky not to score after 76 minutes when the keeper did well to tip his chipped effort around the post, but just 2 minutes later he latched onto Graham’s through-ball and slotted the ball home. Mansaray’s strong run resulted in a low cross to Wornham but as he was pulling the trigger the defender managed to put the ball behind for a corner. With the final attack of the game, Humphreys rolled a pass into space that Michael Hunte, showing an excellent turn of pace, sprinted onto and his low shot nestled into the back of the net.

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
Michael Hunte 
3
Karl Humphrey   (44 Young)
4
Harry Scola
5
Jamie Manning   (46 Trenchfield)
 
6
Bentley Graham
7
Stuart Young
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys
10
Joe Wornham
11
Abu Mansaray   (75 Tomkins)
 
 
12
Daniel Sargent
14
Marvin Trenchfield
15
Elliott Tomkins
16
Gerald Akosa
17
James Young
 
Goals:  Mitchell (7), Mansaray (29), Humphreys (45), Wornham (78), Hunte (90)
 



Westfield 0-14 Sutton United

17th September 2008


As the scoreline would suggest, Steve Griffin’s youth team put in their most impressive performance of the season in the Southern Youth League Cup 1st Round at Westfield. Billy Dunn, spurred on by his first appearance of the season in the senior side at the weekend, will share the headlines with the returning Jerson Dos Santos because of their goalscoring exploits, but it was the whole team that can credit for not taking their foot off the pedal despite the game already won at half-time with some breathtaking football in the second half.

The visitors put Westfield under intense pressure from the start, with Dunn, Dos Santos and Jonny Humphreys all going close in the first 10 minutes, and after Karl Humphrey had won a corner that Stuart Young whipped over, Humphreys headed home from 6 yards. Skipper Bentley Graham and Dunn both then saw headers go agonisingly over the bar from dangerous Young set-pieces, but it wasn’t until 32 minutes in that the pressure was rewarded – Dunn skipping past the full-back down the right hand side and crossing for Graham, who had time to round the keeper and nudge the ball towards goal with Dos Santos having the final touch just to make sure it crept over the line. Humphreys, then hit the near post with a stretching volley before Dos Santos’ mazy dribble allowed him the chance to roll the ball across the edge of the box for Dunn to blast home his first of the evening. Elliot Mitchell did well to dispossess a defender on the edge of the box and play in Humphreys, who knocked the ball back to Dos Santos to rifle the ball into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. Mitchell then capped off an excellent first-half performance with his candidate for goal of the season a minute before half-time – a stunning thunderbolt of a strike from 30 yards that left the keeper with no chance.

Sutton could have been forgiven for relaxing in the second half, already safely through to the next round, but Charlie Ottaway’s long ball after 58 minutes found Dunn with just the keeper to beat and he made no mistake from 12 yards. Dos Santos had a goal disallowed for offside on the hour-mark, but a couple of minutes later turned provider by expertly chesting the ball down to Dunn who confidently rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net to claim his hat-trick and score Sutton’s 7th. Graham then had a goal disallowed, again for offside, before Young’s perfect cross from the left found Dos Santos free in the middle to claim a hat-trick of his own. Dunn again found himself in space 25 yards out and scored with a left-foot piledriver after 73 minutes. Dos Santos then crossed from the right for Dunn to head home from 6 yards out and a couple of minutes later, a replica of the 6th goal saw Ottaway play the ball over the top for Dunn to score his second hat-trick of the night. Humphrey and Graham worked well together and found Dos Santos who scored from the edge of the penalty area, before Mitchell matched substitute Joe Wornham’s perfectly timed run with an equally impressive through-ball and the striker finished well. Dunn finished off the scoring 5 minutes from time, latching onto another excellently executed pass from Mitchell and rounding the keeper comfortably and rolled the ball into an empty net.

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
Michael Hunte
3
Karl Humphreys
4
Charlie Ottaway
5
Harry Scola
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Jonny Humphreys   (65 Mansaray)
8
Bentley Graham
9
Billy Dunn
10
Jerson dos Santos   (80 Wornham)
11
Stuart Young   (71 Manning)
 
 
12
Abu Mansaray
14
George Ansell
15
Joseph Wornham
16
James Young
17
James Manning
 
Goals:  Humphreys (12), Dos Santos (32, 40, 68, 79), Dunn (34, 58, 62, 73, 75, 77, 85), Mitchell (44), Wornham (84)
 

 
Colliers Wood Utd 0- 4 Sutton United 

10th September 2008

Steve Griffin’s Sutton Youth team continued their impressive start to the season by strolling to a comfortable victory at Colliers Wood United.

 

The game started with a confident Sutton side pegging Colliers Wood inside their own half for much of the first 10 minutes but despite several half-chances, couldn’t quite find the final ball on a difficult surface. Abu Mansaray showed his pace and strength down the right after 20 minutes before putting a testing cross over that was flicked on to Stuart Young 18 yards out, but his first time shot struck the outside of the post. A minute later, a Michael Hunte through-ball put Sonni James in the clear and his strike was saved well by the keepers’ legs, whilst Elliot Mitchell then wove his way through the home defence before seeing his shot blocked. Young then saw another effort tipped round the post for a corner following some fine interplay between Karl Humphrey, Jonny Humphreys and Hunte. Sutton took the lead they deserved 5 minutes before half time when Young played in James down the left, who rolled the ball simply across the edge of the 6-yard box for Mitchell to knock the ball into an empty net.

 

Sutton started the second half strongly and, just as they had done in previous weeks against Raynes Park and Chipstead, effectively finished the game as a contest by scoring early on. Mansaray picked out James’ overlapping run on the right, who then touched the ball inside for the impressive Mitchell who split the Wood defence in two with a through-ball that found Young in space. He in turn found Humphreys unmarked on the penalty spot who blasted the ball past the keeper. Humphreys then saw his volley go narrowly over, before James scored a fine individual goal after 57 minutes after he’d beaten 2 defenders and scored from 18 yards out. Substitute Marvin Trenchfield’s first touch on the hour-mark allowed James time to cross for Humphreys, but he could only drag his shot wide. Some excellent passing between Hunte, Humphreys and Mansaray resulted in a corner on 75 minutes that fell to Trenchfield, who surprised the home team’s keeper with a shot to the near-post that nestled into the bottom corner. Another substitute Joe Wornham then nearly finished the game off in injury time following James’ dinked pass, the keeper parrying his first effort but was fortunate to see Wornham’s first-time rebound roll agonisingly across the goal-line before the defender cleared.

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
James Manning  (84 Griffin)
3
Karl Humphrey 
4
Dan Hall
5
James Young
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Abu Mansaray (76 Wornham)
8
Michael Hunte
9
Jonny Humphreys 
10
Sonni James 
11
Stuart Young (60 Trenchfield)
 
 
12
Joseph Wornham
14
Alex Griffin
15
Marvin Trenchfield
16
Ahmed Alsanawi
17
 
 
Goals:  Mitchell(40), Humphreys (49), James (57), Trechfield (75)
 

 
Sutton United 5-2 Chipstead

3rd September 2008

The Youth team built on last week’s win against Raynes Park Vale by beating a strong Chipstead team 5-2 tonight despite going behind early on.

 

Just 3 minutes had past when calamity struck in the Sutton penalty area as the ball squirmed past goalkeeper Danny Bracken towards the goal-line, but George Ansell’s goal-line clearance hit Bracken square in the face and the ball rebounded agonisingly over the line as Chipstead took the lead. The shaky start continued as the visitors looked to build on their lead a minute later, but the Chipstead forward saw his shot crash onto the bar. Sutton started to edge their way back into the game and on 10 minutes, Elliot Mitchell played a cross-field pass from left to right that Abu Mansaray knocked back to Ansell, who then put in the perfect cross for Jonny Humphreys to head the equaliser. Humphreys then saw his volley crash off the post and out of play, but a minute later Chipstead regained the lead – a long free kick looping from the right was flicked past Bracken and despite Harry Scola’s overhead-kick temporarily clearing the ball off the line, the visiting forward nodded the ball into the net from 6 yards. Ansell was then forced into another goal-line clearance as Chipstead piled the pressure on, but 30 minutes in Sonni James got on the end of a neat Stuart Young through-ball to slot in the equaliser. The visitors then had a goal disallowed for handball, and from the restart Young nearly put Sutton in front for the first time but the keeper saved well at his feet. On the stroke of half-time though, the impressive Abu Mansaray touched the ball inside for James who found a bit of space on the right hand side. His cross-shot was then touched in by Humphreys at the far-post despite strong claims for offside.

 

For the second week running, Sutton came out of the blocks in the second half with all guns blazing, and Mansaray’s jinking run on the right ended with a neat touch to the edge of the area where Elliot Mitchell was on hand to blast the ball into the top corner to put the home side two goals up. Mitchell then had a surging run from midfield that ended with a through-ball to James but his shot went narrowly past the left-hand post. Substitue Joseph Wornham nearly scored with his first touch after coming on following some great work between Mansaray and Mitchell, but his shot went narrowly over, whilst Humphreys was then denied his hat-trick by the post. With seven minutes to go, Mitchell was brought down by a defender twenty yards out but with the ball falling to Humphreys in space, the advantage was played by the referee and the U’s forward crossed low for Wornham to slot home and finish off another successful evening for the Youth Team.

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
George Ansell  (82 J Young)
3
James Manning
4
Harry Scola
5
Dan Hall
 
6
Elliot Mitchell
7
Abu Mansaray (88 Alsanawi)
8
Michael Hunte
9
Jonny Humphreys 
10
Sonni James (73 Wornham)
11
Stuart Young
 
 
12
Ahmed Alsanawi
14
Billy Dunn
15
Joseph Wornham
16
James Young
17
Marvin Trenchfield
 
Goals:  Humphreys(10, 45), James(15), Mitchell(48), Wornham(83)
 


Sutton United 3-1 Raynes Park Vale

27th August 2008


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Sutton’s Youth team began their Southern Youth League season with a hard-fought victory against Raynes Park Vale.

After a tentative start, the game suddenly sprang to life after 13 minutes when the ball sprang out to Marvin Trenchfield following a strong tackle by James Manning on the left, Trenchfield whipped in a dangerous ball that Jonny Humphries met with a volley that went narrowly wide. 2 minutes later, a long clearance by George Ansell down the right looked to be drifting harmlessly out of play but Sonni James chased it down and won the ball from the Vale left-back before cutting inside past 3 players and slotting the ball past the keeper from 12 yards. Raynes Park, who had previously had more of the ball but were restricted to long-range efforts by an organised Sutton back four, suddenly found space on the left but despite crossing dangerously the winger couldn’t quite find his team-mate and the ball drifter harmlessly out of play. At the other end, Marlon Fraser’s long-range shot ended up at Humphries feet but he couldn’t quite get enough contact on the shot, and the constantly dangerous James had a further shot from 25 yards out saved well by the visiting keeper. On 36 minutes, the impressive Vale left-winger was instrumental in the equaliser, crossing perfectly for Sheldon Brown to slot home from 12 yards out. Immediately from the restart, Elliot Mitchell played a telling pass out to Michael Hunte on the right wing who’s touch inside to James put him in enough space to fire a powerful shot agonisingly over the bar.

James Bracken, taking charge of the U’s in Steve Griffin’s temporary absence, brought Joseph Wornham and Bentley Graham on for Humphries and Fraser at half-time and it was Graham that scored U’s second goal within a minute of the restart following a perfect through-ball by Hunte. Just a minute later, Graham repaid the favour and Hunte looked to be shaping to shoot just inside the penalty area as he was brought down by the Vale full-back who was correctly booked by the referee. James struck the penalty low to the keeper’s left but it was saved excellently by McCourt, as was James’ rebound. Considerable U’s pressure followed with Graham shooting narrowly wide, Wornham shooting straight at the keeper from 30 yards and George Ansell’s speculative lob bounced off the top of the bar, but it wasn’t until the 71st minute that the win was secured when Wornham’s turn of pace left the Vale defence for dead and, despite the keeper saving down to his right, the ball bounced favourably for James to slot the ball home for his second of the game. Graham then nearly got his second when his run from the left touchline all the way to the far side of the box found him in enough space to shoot, but the keeper again did well to push the ball onto the post and out for a corner.

 
Lineup
 
1
Danny Bracken
2
George Ansell
3
James Manning
4
Harry Scola
5
Dan Hall
 
6
Marlon Fraser   (46 Graham)
7
Michael Hunte
8
Elliot Mitchell
9
Jonny Humphreys   (46 Wornham)
10
Sonni James   (75 S.Young)
11
Marvin Trenchfield
 
 
12
Bentley Graham
14
Ahmes Alsanawi
15
Joseph Wornham
16
James Young
17
Stuart Young
 
Goals:  James (16, 71), Graham (46)
 

 

 

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