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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

09 July 2022 Venue Draper Tools Community Stadium, Westleigh Park Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Havant & Waterlooville
1 - 2
Sutton United
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Match Previews

Havant & Waterlooville v Sutton preview

8 July 2022

After an encouraging start at Dorking on Tuesday, Sutton's pre-season programme continues on Saturday with a trip down the A3 to face former manager Paul Doswell and several former Sutton players at Havant & Waterlooville. U's will be wearing black.

Unlike Tuesday's opponents, Havant & Waterlooville were consigned to another season in National League South in May when a home defeat by Chippenham on the last day of the season saw the Wiltshire side grab the last play-off place at Havant's expense, and Paul Doswell has gone for experience in his summer signings, particularly in attack where he has secured the services of much travelled striker Danny Wright, who U's have encountered with Torquay and Solihull in recent seasons, and Jason Prior, returning for a second spell at the club after helping Dorking Wanderers to promotion last season.

Also signed are winger Gianni Crichlow from Braintree and defender Joash Nembhard, who U's fans will remember as part of the squad that won the National League title in 2021, while as well as Paul Doswell and Ian Baird, U's could also come up against goalkeeper Ross Worner, striker Tommy Wright and defender Jamie Collins, inducted in to the Sutton Hall of Fame earlier this year.

For manager Matt Gray, a former Havant player, it's a chance to build on Tuesday's start in which goals from Donovan Wilson and Will Randall earned a 2-1 win after Jon Barden's early own goal. Omar Bugiel and Joe Kizzi, who both missed Tuesday's game through illness and paternity leave respectively, are expected to play a part in the game.

Admission is all pay on the day in cash, £10 for adults and £5 for children.

The Draper Tools Community Stadium, previously known as Westleigh Park, is in Martin Road, postcode PO9 5TH, reached by leaving the A3(M) at junction 2 and taking the B2149 through Rowlands Castle, turning left in to Bartons Road just after the entrance to Staunton Country Park, then right in to Martin Road.

Havant station is about a 15-minute walk from the ground. The 11.54 off Sutton gets to Havant at 13.48 with one change at Horsham, or the 12.13 arrives at 14.17, changing at Epsom and Guildford. Return at 17.40, changing at Guildford and Epsom. For more details and other options (via Clapham Junction or Croydon) go to From the station exit from the eastbound platform, not the main exit, walk along Leigh Road until reaching the main road and then keep going until you see the ground on the right.

Unfortunately we are not able to provide a Mixlr commentary on the game as the Board at Havant have requested that there be no live commentaries on their home friendlies, including on their own Mixlr service. We will have updates throughout the afternoon on Twitter.

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Match Reports

Match report for Havant & Waterlooville 1 Sutton United 2

9 July 2022

Havant & Waterlooville 1(Prior 20) Sutton United 2 (Thomas 48, Beautyman 57 pen)

Sutton's second pre-season friendly followed a similar pattern to the first as U's went behind before goals from Kwame Thomas and a Harry Beautyman penalty turned the game round in the Hampshire heat. U's fielded 22 players again, changing two of the outfield starting line-up at half time and the remainder with an hour gone, soon after Beautyman had scored what proved to be the winner. Omar Bugiel and Joe Kizzi featured having missed Tuesday's game at Dorking, but Ben Goodliffe (groin) and Adam Lovatt (knee) were sidelined by minor injuries.

One of Havant's summer signings, Gianni Crichlow, caused U's an early problem when he broke down the left and sent in a low cross which was cleared well by Rob Milsom, who at the other end saw a low free kick held by Havant goalkeeper Charlie Searle as Louis John tried to get a touch at the near post.

Another left wing move from Havant saw James Roberts send in a low shot which was comfortably saved by Jack Rose, while Searle again had to be careful when Enzio Boldewijn's looping header threatened to dip under the angle of post and bar.

The breakthrough came for Havant after nineteen minutes as a lack of communication between Rose and John led to a needlessly conceded corner, and Billy Clifford's flag kick from the right was glanced in at the near post by another summer signing Jason Prior, the ball hitting the far post on its way in.

Boldewijn went close to an equaliser ten minutes before half time when he deftly controlled a crossfield pass from the triallist centre back and drifted in before hitting a shot that was fisted away at full stretch by Searle, but U's suffered an unwanted injury just before the break when Rose went off with a groin injury and was replaced by Brad House.

U's made two more changes at half time, Roman Charles-Cook and Kwame Thomas replacing Kizzi and Bugiel, and within three minutes Thomas had provided the equaliser with a powerful header from a cross by the right wing triallist. Ten minutes later U's had turned the game round as Boldewijn was tripped by Paul Rooney and Harry Beautyman scored from the penalty spot. It might have been 3-1 soon afterwards when Donovan Wilson, lively after the break, broke down the left and pulled the ball back for Boldewijn, whose shot was saved low down by Searle.

That was the cue for U's to replace the eight players that hadn't come off at the break, which meant a debut for Josh Neufville, signed earlier in the day on a season-long loan from Luton, and the pacy winger might have marked his first appearance with a goal when a misplaced header from former U's favourite Jamie Collins allowed him to burst through and hit a low shot that was blocked by Searle's legs.

U's had to block a couple of shots as Havant looked for the equaliser, but were able to hold on to make it two wins out of two so far.

Sutton: J Rose(sub B House 43), J Kizzi (sub R Charles-Cook H-T), R Milsom(sub S Hart 60), C Eastmond(sub J Barden 60), triallist(sub C Rowe 60), L John (sub triallist 60), triallist (sub J Neufville 60), D Wilson(sub K Kouassi 60), O Bugiel(sub K Thomas H-T), H Beautyman(sub A Smith 60), E Boldewijn(sub W Randall 60).

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