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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

14 November 2022 Venue Weldon Way Attendance 199

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

0 - 3
Sutton United
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Merstham v Sutton preview

14 November 2022

The Surrey Senior Cup starts for Sutton tonight with an away trip to Merstham, kick off 7.45pm. We will be wearing our al green kit.

Manager Matt Gray has said that in view of the current injury situation our Academy side will be taking the fixture, and admission prices are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. The ground is in Weldon Way, RH1 3QB, and there is side street parking available.

It is the fourth time the teams have been drawn against each other in the Surrey Senior Cup, with Merstham victorious on the last two occasions, both by a 2-1 scoreline, at Merstham in January 2015 and then at Sutton three years later. In both seasons Merstham went on to reach the final, the first and last of four consecutive appearances in the final, winning two and losing two - the most recent appearance in 2018 saw them beat Leatherhead in the final at Sutton.

The first meeting between the sides was in February 1981, when Merstham held U's to a 1-1 draw at Sutton but U's ran riot in a rain-drenched replay  at Weldon Way, running out 9-3 winners.

Merstham are currently sitting bottom of the Isthmian South Central Division having been relegated from the Premier Division at the end of last season, and are still looking for their first league win of the season.

If the scores are level after ninety minutes the game will be decided on penalties.

We will have commentary on the game tonight on our Mixlr service

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Match Reports

Match report for Merstham 0 Sutton United 3

14 November 2022

Merstham 0 Sutton United 3 (Taylor 8, Olabiyi 20, McNally 77)

The youngsters who Sutton hope will be the stars of the future produced a highly impressive performance on Monday to knock Isthmian League Merstham out of the Surrey Senior Cup.

Fielding the majority of the side that had beaten Brentford in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday morning, U's dominated their more senior opponents and after going two up inside twenty minutes were rarely threatened, and could have added more goals before Jordan McNally put the seal on the game with just over ten minutes to go.

Showing that it's not just the first team that has injury issues, U's were forced in to a change before kick off when Kai Tanner suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up, but that didn't deter U's young side, who were quick and energetic from the start and Merstham, not having the best of seasons in the South Central Division of the Isthmian League, were soon under pressure. It took just eight minutes for U's to capitalise on the bright start as a free kick was cleared to the edge of the area and returned in to the roof of the net by a sweetly struck half volley from centre back Jack Taylor.

Twelve minutes later U's had doubled their lead as George Costello was scythed down near the left corner flag, and from the free kick Josh Nunes glanced the ball goalwards and Daniel Olabiyi provided the finishing touch, referee Shaun Farrer waving away Merstham appeals that he had used his hand.

Merstham only rarely looked as though they would get back in to the game before half time although Filip Chalupniczak was forced in to one good low save from Charlie Greenwood's low shot from outside the penalty area, and although they enjoyed a better spell early in the second half they spurned their best chance to reduce the arrears when Ore Bello headed over from close range.

As the game went on it was Sutton who were the stronger side, and Nunes was unlucky when his acrobatic overhead kick following a corner rebounded off the post. Nunes then set up Cameron Grant following another corner, but again the frame of the goal came to the home side's rescue as Grant's shot came back off the bar. U's weren't to be denied a third, though, and it was Olabiyi who was the provider, cutting in from the right and playing the ball across goal to give McNally a simple chance which was gleefully accepted.

Sutton: F Chalupniczak, R Charles-Cook, C Sullivan(sub C Morgan 81), O Khinda, J Nunes, J Taylor, J McNally, J Throp, G Costello(sub G Forster 81), D Olabiyi(sub L Traore 77) C Grant. Subs n/u S Morgan, O Williams. Booked: Sullivan, Grant, Traore.

Merstham: J Olds, P Williams, J Abubakari, L Barker Bateman(sub L Lewis 64), M Kamara(sub R Dacosta 73), A Sankoh, M Morris, C Greenwood, C Alexiou, D Duval(sub O Bello 64), A Diallo. Sub n/u C Sisarello.

Referee: Shaun Farrer

Attendance: 199

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