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Sutton v Northampton preview

21 January 2022

Having moved back in to the Sky Bet League Two automatic promotion places with Tuesday night's win against Colchester, Sutton face the side whose had previously held third place, Northampton Town, at the VBS in the outstanding game of tomorrow's League Two schedule.

Tuesday's dramatic win, clinched by Will Randall's goal two minutes in to stoppage time, put U's two points ahead of Northampton, who had some stoppage time excitement of their own last Saturday when Mitchell Pinnock's very late equaliser earned a point at home to league leaders Forest Green and avoided a third successive league defeat for the Cobblers, a sequence that follows a run of four consecutive victories.

The Sixfields Stadium saw a notable result for U's at the beginning of October, when goals from Joe Kizzi and Donovan Wilson either side of half time earned a 2-0 win, Sutton's first away win as an EFL club, and since then both sides have established themselves in what is becoming a very competitive promotion picture, Northampton looking to regain the League One place that they lost last season. They have won five times on their travels this season, the standout win coming at Tranmere, currently second in the table, while they have also returned with maximum points from Colchester, Exeter, Harrogate and Newport. Manager Jon Brady is a former team mate of Jason Goodliffe's at Hayes and Stevenage, and was appointed at the end of last season.

Sutton are in buoyant mood after the late goals at Stevenage and against Colchester, and with David Ajiboye back in contention after missing Tuesday's game U's will have a fully fit squad to choose from with the exception of Coby Rowe and Harry Beautyman, who are both making progress towards a return.

Referee tomorrow is John Busby from Oxfordshire, who has been on the EFL list since 2016 and is in his first season as a Select Group 2 referee, officiating in the Championship. He refereed last season's FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Please note that there are no trains through West Sutton on Saturday. Spectators using public transport should use Sutton station and then walk(15-20 minutes), or catch a 413 (home supporters) or 80(away supporters) bus.

Sutton supporters can still buy tickets on line here, while tickets for home supporters will also be on sale from the ticket kiosk, although anyone wanting to buy a ticket on the day should arrive early to avoid queues and congestion around the turnstiles. Northampton's allocation has sold out.

The bars will be open to Sutton supporters before and after the game.

There will be an iFollow audio commentary on the game as usual, and anyone without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can buy a match pass for £2.50 here

Tomorrow's match programme will be on sale around the ground, price £3, but if youre not going to be there you can reserve one to be sent out after the game by clicking here


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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 0 Northampton Town 0

22 January 2022

Sutton supporters becoming used to stoppage time excitement were to be disappointed this time as U's battled to a goalless draw with the team one place below them in the Sky Bet League Two table.

After an even first half of few clear chances, Sutton had seemed the likelier to break the deadlock for much of the second half. However a controversial red card for Craig Eastmond with fifteen minutes left changed the nature of the game and it was U's who were the happier to hear the final whistle as Northampton enjoyed their best spell of the game looking to make the extra player count, with a draw regarded by most as a fair result.

U's welcomed David Ajiboye back in to the starting line-up, and he was greeted by a crunching tackle from Ali Koiki inside the first five minutes, but much of the excitement was confined to a sixty second spell when Jon Guthrie met a right wing corner with a header that was saved by Dean Bouzanis, whose throw-out sparked a Sutton counter attack in which Joe Kizzi sent Ajiboye through on the right, his cross deflected up off Koiki and was met on the volley by Ali Smith, only for Liam Roberts to make a good save down to his right.

Bouzanis was off his line quickly to parry a shot from Chanka Zimba, who had run on to a Sam Hoskins pass and turned between Ben Goodliffe and Louis John, but otherwise the first half found defences on top and the ball spending too much time in the air for the game to be a great spectacle.

There was almost a flying start to the second half for U's, when after little more than a minute Ajiboye this time gave Kizzi the chance to send in a superb cross that found Will Randall coming in with a firm downward header, but Roberts made another impressive stop and Randall couldn't force home the rebound before Aaron McGowan cleared. 

Roberts saved again, this time in more routine fashion, when a shot from Omar Bugiel deflected up and Isaac Olaofe's header lacked sufficient power, but with Bouzanis having little to do apart from watching a Mitch Pinnock shot curl harmlessly past the post, U's seemed to have the upper hand until Eastmond's challenge on Mitch Pinnock, which seemed to make no contact with the Northampton player and which referee John Busby seemed relatively unconcerned about until an intervention from reserve official Trevor Kettle, himself an EFL referee who had sent Stevenage's Terence Vancooten off at Sutton in September, and after a brief conference the referee surprised most people in the ground, not least Eastmond, by producing a red card.

From being on the attack U's then found themselves on the back foot, Kenny Davis replacing Olaofe and Bugiel left to plough a lone furrow up front, and Northampton's two substitutes could both have struck decisive blows, with a sliding Danny Rose just unable to reach McGowan's low cross, and Dylan Connolly's first touch a swivelling volley which went inches wide following a long Pinnock throw. Otherwise U's defence was sound, and claimed a deserved clean sheet as the points were shared.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, R Milsom, C Eastmond, B Goodliffe, L John, D Ajiboye(sub E Boldewijn 72), A Smith, O Bugiel(sub R Bennett 90+6), I Olaofe(sub K Davis 77), W Randall. Subs n/u J Barden, B Wyatt, S Nelson, D Wilson. Sent Off: Eastmond

Northampton: L Roberts, A Koiki, A McGowan, J Sowerby, J Guthrie, F Horsfall, S Hoskins, P Lewis(sub D Connolly 90), S McWilliams, C Zimba(sub D Rose 58), M Pinnock. Subs M Harriman, J Flores, T Magliore, J Mills, J Maxted. Booked: Lewis, Horsfall, Rose.

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,588(500 away)


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