Sutton United
AFC Fylde

Dundas 41, Grand 42 og

Grand 85

7 October 2017
Vanarama National League
Savvas Yianni (Somerset)
26 Jamie Butler
16 Nicky Bailey
3 Aswad Thomas
22 Simon Walton
5 Louis John
6 Jamie Collins
23 Josh Taylor 81 Emmanuel
15 Craig Eastmond
9 Ross Lafayette 71 Wright
14 Craig Dundas
11 Kieron Cadogan 74 Jeffrey
8 Kenny Davis
20 Tommy Wright
21 Moses Emmanuel
24 Anthony Jeffrey
27 Simon Downer

Despite a late scare that revived all too fresh memories of victory being snatched away at the last minute against Dover, Sutton held on to pick up maximum points in an untidy match in which they seemed to be cruising to victory against the ten men of Fylde, whose late flurry of pressure wasn’t enough to rescue a draw. A game that had had little in it for much of the first half tipped decisively in U’s favour as they scored twice in a minute just before the interval, and they might have added further goals that would have provided insurance against the late Fylde effort that saw Simon Grand pull a goal back having also contributed the own goal that put U’s two in front, and Jamie Butler make a superb save to deny the ever-dangerous Danny Rowe moments later.

Moments of excitement had been few in the first half, with Sutton’s best move ending with Kieron Cadogan almost catching goalkeeper Jay Lynch out at his near post, and Josh Taylor stabbing the resulting corner against the post. Predictably the biggest threat at the other end came from Rowe, whose two spectacular strikes had earned victory at Leyton Orient a week earlier and who tried his luck again with a venomous effort that Butler beat away.

Fylde had to make a change as Jordan Tunnicliffe went off injured, and four minutes before half time a tussle between debut-making substitute Jason Taylor and Ross Lafayette allowed Louis John’s long ball forward to reach Craig Dundas, who was left clear with just Lynch to beat, a task he comfortable achieved. Within a minute U’s had doubled their lead, the best individual piece of football of the afternoon seeing Taylor’s run down the left leaving Luke Burke and Taylor in his wake before his cut back was turned over the line by Grand.

Fylde made another change at the break in an attempt to recover the position but for much of the half they could make little impact on the home defence. Just after the hour mark their cause was damaged further when Lewis Montrose, sent off in the game at Brisbane Road last week, again failed to see out the ninety minutes as he picked up two yellow cards in the space of a minute for fouls on Craig Eastmond. John bounced a header from Nicky Bailey’s free kick off the top of the crossbar, and after U’s had made changes of their own substitutes Anthony Jeffrey and Tommy Wright twice combined to good effect. Jeffrey collected Wright’s crossfield pass and cut in from the left before shooting just too high, then returned the compliment as he burst down the left before rolling the ball back to Wright, whose instant shot crashed back off the post.

After Wright had sent another shot just wide, though, the momentum shifted as U’s found themselves forced more on the defensive. Butler made a good low save from Jack Muldoon before a scramble following a long Andy Bond throw-in ended with Grand diverting the ball in to the net from Rowe’s mis-hit shot. Rowe would have had an equaliser moments had it not been for Butler’s excellent save to turn a fierce shot over the bar, but although Fylde’s leading scorer flashed another long range shot just wide there was no repeat of the Dover experience as U’s hung on for the victory.

Fylde: J Lynch, L Burke, Z Francis-Angol, L Montrose, J Tunnicliffe (sub J Taylor 32), S Grand, J Hardy(sub J Muldoon H-T), S Finley, D Rowe, A Bond, T McCready(sub J Smith 77). Subs n/u J Richards, H Jones. Booked: Montrose, Finley. Sent Off: Montrose.