A fortnight after a memorable Tuesday night trip to Lancashire, Sutton are back in the north west this Tuesday for a rearranged Sky Bet League Two game at Oldham Athletic.
Us have already travelled to Boundary Park once this season, but with players, officials and supporters all at the ground in January the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and so the teams will try again this week.
The run of form that followed John Sheridan's re-appointment as manager in January and promised to lift Oldham clear of the relegation spot they have occupied for much of the season has stalled recently, and they go in to the game on a run of four consecutive defeats which have kept them in 23rd place, albeit just three points behind Stevenage and with this game in hand and a better goal difference. Oldham were on a similarly poor run when they visited the VBS in August for the first League Two game on the ground, but after opening their season with four defeats, and going behind to David Ajiboye's goal, they came back with an equaliser from Carl Piergianni, who has scored in his last three appearances against Sutton having scored home and away for Salford in the 2018-19 season, and an injury time winner from Junior Luamba.
Sutton were at the wrong end of the table as well after that result, but have recovered superbly during the season and although two defeats and a draw in the last three games have seen Us drop out of the play-off positions, there is only a five point gap to Northampton in the third automatic promotion place and U's, in ninth, have games in hand on five of the top eight teams. U's are still likely to be missing a number of players through injury, but Harry Beautyman is expected to be able to return to the squad.
The referee is Marc Edwards from Tyne and Wear, who is in his third EFL campaign and refereed several Sutton games in the National League, most recently at Halifax in December 2018.
A reminder to Sutton supporters that tickets that were held for the original game in January are valid tonight, as are any iFollow passes that were bought. Anyone needing to buy a ticket at the ground can do so, prices are £22 for adults, £10 for over 65 and under 21, and £7 for under 18, while anyone who doesn't have an iFollow pass for the original date but who would like to watch the live stream of the game can buy a pass here.
There is no supporters' coach tonight, for independent travellers the ground is just off the A627, reached most easily via junction 21 of the M60 or junction 20 of the M62. Parking is available in the hospital car park, price £5 - postcode OL1 2PA. The ground is about a 20 minute walk from Westwood tram stop on the Manchester Metro, but supporters should note that there is no tram service this week through Manchester Piccadilly station and it is necessary to walk from Piccadilly to Manchester Victoria to pick up the tram to Oldham.
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