Sutton United

Cadogan 35, Coombes 74, Wright 85

13 January 2018
Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Round
Adam Penwell (Somerset)
18 Owen Evans
17 Dan Spence
3 Aswad Thomas
19 Terell Thomas
27 Simon Downer 89 Beckwith
15 Craig Eastmond 83 Lafayette
30 Tom Bolarinwa
31 Harry Beautyman 76 Walton
20 Tommy Wright
10 Adam Coombes
11 Kieron Cadogan
4 Dean Beckwith
9 Ross Lafayette
14 Craig Dundas
22 Simon Walton
23 Josh Taylor

Sutton moved smoothly enough in to the last sixteen of the Buildbase FA Trophy, although only in the last twenty minutes did they add to Kieron Cadogan’s first half goal and put themselves in to a position where their progress could be guaranteed. Until then Sutton had been the better side but with only the one goal to show for it there was always the danger that the Bostik League club, who battled throughout, might be able to take the game back to Silver Jubilee Park, but commanding performances by Terell Thomas and Simon Downer in the centre of the defence restricted highly rated striker Niko Muir to few sights of goal, and for all the best efforts of Zak Joseph and Ash Nathaniel-George the visitors rarely found themselves in a position to trouble Owen Evans, who preserved his second clean sheet since signing on loan.

Muir’s best opportunity came early on, when Nathaniel-George’s cross from the left found him at the near post but he failed to react quickly enough and the ball rebounded through to Evans, and Nathaniel-George created another opportunity when he again attacked on the left and pulled back a cross that was met on the run by Joseph with a shot that went just wide. At that stage U’s, without the rested Jamie Collins and Kenny Davis and the injured Louis John, were struggling to make the two division difference between the sides tell, but they did threaten when Tom Bolarinwa whipped in a good cross from the right and Tommy Wright headed just over at the near post. U’s became more fluent as the half went on, though, and ten minutes before half time made the breakthrough when Terell Thomas moved forward on to Bolarinwa’s pass, and although David Didehiou did well to break up the move that also involved Cadogan, Harry Beautyman and Aswad Thomas, he then undid his good work by clearing the ball straight to Cadogan, who cut in from the left and swept a shot in to the far corner of the net.

Beautyman almost added a second just before the break when his low shot was well saved by debutant Hendon goalkeeper Corey Addai, and U’s increasing superiority continued in the second period as Addai was given plenty of opportunity to show his ability in front of his father Ken, a member of the U’s squad under Alan Gane. He made a fine save to keep out an Aswad Thomas header at the far post, and when the danger wasn’t cleared kept out Bolarinwa’s fierce shot at the second attempt. With Sutton’s attack now linking well, Coombes had a free kick deflected wide, Beautyman shot low past the post and Wright ended a fine solo run with a shot that was just off target.

With only the one goal lead U’s could never relax and Nathaniel-George was a constant threat, and Downer stood out with two superb headed clearances from dangerous right wing crosses, but with sixteen minutes left he made a contribution further up the pitch as he reached a Hendon clearance before his opponent to lift the ball back in to the danger area, and when Rian Bray’s header went up rather than out, Coombes was waiting to strike a fine first-time volley past Addai for his first Sutton goal of the season.

If that wasn’t enough to make U’s feel they could relax, matters were put beyond doubt in some style five minutes from time when, after a fluent left wing move had ended with Aswad Thomas’s shot being blocked for a corner, Wright collected Cadogan’s short pass from the dead-ball and drifted in from the left before curling a superb shot from the corner of the penalty area that clipped the far post on its way in to the net. There might have been an even more impressive finish as a brilliant quick passing movement between Cadogan, Wright and Coombes ended with Coombes shooting just wide, and U’s were able to look forward to their third successive appearance in the last sixteen.

Hendon: C Addai, J Eggleton, L Tingey, D Diedhiou, R Bray, A Lee, A Nathaniel-George, H Wise(sub D Uchechi 73), Z Joseph (sub J Walker 66), N Muir, J White (sub S Murphy 84). Subs n/u L Gordon, M Joseph. Booked: Diedhiou, Uchechi.