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Sutton v Northampton preview

18 April 2023

Having faced the Sky Bet League Two leaders on Saturday, Sutton host the side in second place this evening when Northampton Town are the visitors, kick off 7.45pm.

With Leyton Orient virtually assured of one of the three automatic promotion spots, Northampton, who were beaten play-off semi finalists last season, are at the head of a group of five teams covered by just three points in the race for the other two places. However they could be as low as fifth after tonight's set of games, or open a five point gap over the team in fourth place were they to win and other results go in their favour. They come in to the game having lost just once, a 3-0 reverse at Newport, in their last eleven games, and boast the division's second highest scorer this season in Sam Hoskins.

Sutton are unbeaten in the three previous league meetings between the sides, with the encounter at Sixfields in October seeing Northampton dominate the first half and lead 2-0, but goals from Omar Bugiel and Donovan Wilson quickly restoring parity after half time, after which both sides could have claimed a winner. Last season's game at Sutton finished goalless while U's won 2-0 at Sixfields.

Sutton are looking to end a run of three successive defeats and seven games without a win, and will have Ben Goodliffe available again after he missed Saturday's game due to the birth of his son, while Will Randall could also feature in the squad having been absent since coming off injured against Stockport on Good Friday.

Tonight's referee David Rock, who is in his fourth season as an EFL referee, has been a regular visitor to Sutton since our National League South days, and has already taken charge of games away to Gillingham and at home to Swindon this season. On Saturday he refereed the League One game between Lincoln and Port Vale which saw three players sent off.

Tickets for Sutton supporters are available on line here, price £20 for adults, £14 for concessions and £6 for juniors. Under 12 tickets are free if bought in conjunction with adult or concession tickets. Stand seats are £5 more in all cases. Tickets can be bought at the ground this evening, but adult and concession prices rise by £2 for tickets bought in person this evening, a rise that doesn't apply to tickets bought on-line, even today.

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As it is a midweek game it will be streamed live on iFollow in the UK and overseas, with a pass costing £10. Passes can be bought here.

The fan zone will open at 6pm as usual for supporters to enjoy a drink and something to eat in the, hopefully, spring sunshine before the game, with fish and chips on the menu.

We have produced a double programme that also covered Saturday's game against Leyton Orient, and this can still be ordered, price £4 plus postage, by clicking here


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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 1 Northampton Town 2

18 April 2023

Sutton United 1 (Wilson 45+3) Northampton Town 2 (Appere 32, Pinnock 50)

Sutton suffered a fourth successive defeat against promotion-chasing opposition but were unfortunate to come out on the wrong side of an entertaining game that saw Northampton boost their hopes of grabbing an automatic promotion place on a night when several of their closest rivals dropped points.

It was Sutton's best performance of the four defeats, but having cancelled out Louis Appere's opener on the stroke of half time, only to concede a sloppy goal early in the second half, U's were unable to find a second equaliser despite piling the pressure on the visitors in the closing stages.

Ben Goodliffe and Will Randall were both fit to return to action, while Lee Angol and Josh Neufville joined the injured list, but Sutton made a bright start in a lively opening to the game, and were unlucky not to go in front after a quarter of an hour when Ali Smith met a cleared cross with a first time volley that crashed back off the foot of the post. Northampton's best early moments fell to Kieron Bowie, who twice failed to hit the target with left foot shots, and they were forced in to a defensive change midway through the half when the injured Jack Sowerby was replaced by Max Dyche. The son of the Everton manager mad a quick impact, though in the Sutton penalty area as he flicked on Mitch Pinnock's long throw and Appere reacted quickest to volley on the turn in to the net.

A competitive game on the pitch was matched on the touchline, as Northampton manager Jon Brady and U's assistant Jason Goodliffe were both shown a yellow card by referee David Rock in separate incidents, and the scoreline was deservedly level in first half stoppage time when a fine run from David Ajiboye ended with a cross which bounced around the six yard box before being despatched in to the roof of the net by Donovan Wilson, scoring for the first time since the reverse fixture at Sixfields in October.

Sutton's optimism was punctured early in the second half when a swift counter attack saw Bowie send Sam Hoskins away on the right before being caught by a late challenge from Coby Rowe. The referee played the advantage to allow Hoskins to cross, and when Rob Milsom failed to clear Pinnock, who had been involved earlier in the move, swivelled to shoot low past Jack Rose, and Rowe was booked for the earlier challenge.

Bowie sent a long range shot too high, and Rose saved from Appere's low shot from the edge of the penalty area, but as the game went on it was Sutton in the ascendancy in the search for an equaliser. Ajiboye scrambled a shot just wide after Omar Bugiel had headed a Milsom throw across goal, Ajiboye and most Sutton supporters convinced that a defender had diverted the ball away from goal, and three minutes later Rowe dived to head in Milsom's free kick only to be denied by the narrowest of offside decisions. Smith crashed a twenty yard shot just wide, and U's could feel aggrieved not to be given longer than three additional minutes at the end of the game, but Northampton held on to give themselves a five point cushion over the fourth placed side.

Sutton: J Rose, J Kizzi, R Milsom, C Rowe, B Goodliffe(sub E Boldewijn 90), D Ajiboye, D Wilson, A Smith, O Bugiel, H Beautyman, W Randall. Subs n/u T Dickinson, S Hart, C Dundas, L Gambin, K Kouassi, M Dennis. Booked: Randall, Rowe, Bugiel

Northampton: L Burge, D Norman(sub S McWilliams 75), R Haynes, J Sowerby(sub M Dyche 25), M Leonard, S Sherring, S Hoskins, K Bowie (sub T Yengi 82), L Appere (sub D Hylton 82), W Hondermarck, M Pinnock. Subs n/u D Wright-Phillips, P Osew, T King. Booked: Leonard, Hylton

Referee: David Rock

Attendance: 2,760(625 away)

Above photograph courtesy of Pete Norton

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