Tuesday 8th December 2020 | 19:00
Gander Green Lane | Attendance: 776
Address: Gander Green Lane, Sutton , SM1 2EY
After Saturday’s outstanding victory against Solihull, Sutton return to Gander Green Lane on Tuesday evening with Chesterfield the visitors. When the sides last met, at Chesterfield in January, a goal from Jonathan Smith gave the home side victory in their first game under John Pemberton’s management, and he kept the job until earlier this season when, after a run of five defeats in six National League games, he left to be replaced by James Rowe, who had supervised Gloucester City’s fine start in National League North.
Since the managerial change Chesterfield have taken four points, winning at Weymouth and drawing at home to Aldershot, and they have subsequently signed Weymouth’s midfielder Tom Whelan and Jak McCourt, who was with the club two years ago and played for Macclesfield last season. They lie in 18th place having won two of their five away games, with a 1-0 win at Yeovil as well as the Weymouth victory.
Sutton have enjoyed three straight wins since the defeat at Wrexham, and Saturday’s win put a six point gap between U’s and third placed Notts County. Rob Milsom is unlikely to be involved after coming off on Saturday with a hamstring injury while Omar Bugiel remains suspended.
Tickets for the game are now on general sale here, and we would remind everyone that you MUST have a specific match ticket to gain admission, a season ticket on its own will not get you in to the ground. Season ticket holders can still apply for a match ticket using the code they will have received by email.
If you can’t get to the game it will be live streamed on SUFCtv, and passes can be bought here for £9.50. Season ticket holders will have received a code to give them free access to the stream.
After Saturday’s fine win against Solihull, Sutton came back to earth as Chesterfield continued their good form under new manager James Rowe. One goal was enough to see them take the points back to Derbyshire, defender Haydn Hollis with the most straightforward of headers from a long throw from debutant George Carline seven minutes before half time, and for all their possession both before and after, Sutton found it hard to break through a defence that was on top of its game and was helped out on numerous occasions by Tom Denton, as effective in his own penalty area as at the other end of the pitch. When the big chance did come, fifteen minutes from the end, Harry Beautyman produced an uncharacteristically inaccurate finish from the sort of position from which he has scored so often.
The new manager had signed two players during the day, former Solihull midfielder Carline joining after leaving James Rowe’s former club Gloucester earlier in the week, and Joel Taylor from Chester, but it was Sutton who started the brighter, opting to retain Aaron Simpson in the left midfield position he had finished in on Saturday and on the attack for most of the first half hour. Chances were few and far between, though, the best almost producing what would have been a similar goal to U’s third on Saturday as Isaac Olaofe turned his defender and sent David Ajiboye through, but this time goalkeeper Kyle Letheren was down to get a touch on Ajiboye’s low shot and send it past the post.
Having kept U’s at bay for the first half hour, Chesterfield then started to impose themselves more on the game. As well as his other qualities, Carline does possess a prodigious throw-in, with Denton a willing and obvious target, and having defended several successfully, U’s were undone seven minutes before half time when it was not Denton but Hollis who got his head to the ball to direct it inside Dean Bouzanis’ right hand post.
Before half time Chesterfield might have been further ahead, Carline’s header from Akwasi Asante’s cross going just wide of the post, and Bouzanis turning away Asante’s low shot, but in the second half U’s keeper had a quiet evening as Sutton toiled in search of an equaliser. They rang the changes quite early, Jordan Adebayo-Smith given a debut after just over an hour, and he almost had an immediate impact when a Bouzanis free kick was headed across goal and Adebayo-Smith had a clear shot but saw his effort strike a defender.
Craig Dundas and Callum Kealy were both soon introduced, and the chance U’s had been waiting for followed a fine move, starting with Bouzanis and carried on by Ben Wyatt, Dundas and Craig Eastmond before Ajiboye raced past Carline and crossed low, only for the inmarked Beautyman to sky his shot over the bar.
Sutton wouldn’t get as good a chance again, Louis John crowded out in a scramble and Dundas seeing a cross shot held by the keeper. Chesterfield’s determination to keep U’s at bay saw them pickup six bookings by the end of the game, but they achieved their aim on a frustrating night for Sutton.
Chesterfield: K Letheren, G Carline, J Taylor(sub J Cropper 64), H Hollis, W Evans, L Maguire, T Whelan, C Weston(sub L Mandeville 75), A Asante(sub S Boden 90), T Denton, J McCourt. Subs n/u J Yarney, J Rowley. Booked: Taylor, McCourt, Weston, Evans, Mandeville, Asante.