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Sutton v Stockport preview

5 April 2024

Two of Sky Bet League Two's in form teams meet at the VBS on Saturday both looking for points for different reasons as Sutton entertain divisional leaders Stockport County.

After a brief blip which saw defeats at the hands of Crewe and Tranmere, Stockport have surged back with an unbeaten run of eight league games and victories in their last three games, scoring nine goals without conceding, have propelled them four points clear at the top of the League Two table and on course to improve on their performance in their first season back in the EFL last season when they were beaten in the play-off final by Carlisle, for whom Omari Patrick scored at Wembley. Isaac Olaofe, who played a huge part in Sutton's promotion to the Football League and a successful first EFL season, has enjoyed a fine season and is Stockport's leading scorer this season. 

Sutton endured a painful afternoon at Edgeley Park in December, a result that led to a change of management, but four wins in a row have lifted U's out of the bottom two for the first time since late August and raised hopes that a return to the National League could be avoided. Defender Ryan Jackson limped off on Monday with a groin injury and is unlikely to be fit to face Stockport, but Ben Goodliffe returned from injury as his substitute.

Saturday's referee is Sunny Singh Gill, who has been on the EFL list since the start of last season and whose last appearance at the VBS was for the EFL Trophy game against Oxford United in October 2022. He made history earlier this year as the first British South Asian to referee in the Premier League when he took charge of the game between Crystal Palace and Luton.

Tickets are on sale on line to Sutton supporters here, price £21 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 for ages 12-18. Under 12s are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult or concession. Seat prices are £4 more in all cases. Remember that by buying on line, even on the day of the game, you can avoid the £2 increase in price that is charged for tickets bought in person at the ground on Saturday. 

The Sutton fan zone will be open as usual from 12.30pm, with a Signal Hour until 1.30pm when beer will be £3.50 a pint, and Football with the Foundation from 1.45pm. Ambers' Bar will also be open showing the Championship derby between Norwich and Ipswich (12.30 kick off). You can also buy tickets in Ambers' from 12.30pm for the two remaining away games at Harrogate, where it is not guaranteed that tickets will be available on the day, and MK Dons, as well as season tickets for next season, for which full details and prices can be found here, with the early bird window closing next Friday, 12 April.

Before the game the award that the Sutton United Foundation received at the recent London Football Awards for the Pan-Disability Football Project, will be re-presented on the pitch. It is intended that the presentation, and some footage from a Disability Squad training session, will form the community feature in Saturday's ITV EFL highlights show.

If you can't get to the game there will be an audio commentary on our iFollow service, with a match pass costing £2.50 and a pass to cover all four of our remaining games available for £4.49. Overseas supporters can watch a live stream for £10. Click here to buy the relevant pass. You can also order a match programme to be sent out after the game for £3 plus postage. Click here to order.

We are pleased to report that at present a normal Thameslink service is scheduled to run through West Sutton station on Saturday, but with an overtime ban in place supporters should be prepared for possible late cancellations. Supporters should note that on April 20th, when we play Crawley, there will be no Thameslink service through West Sutton.

After two narrow defeats which have left them at the foot of the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League 1, the academy side have a game at home to Cheltenham, one place above them and the only other side without a win in the division. The game is at Tooting & Mitcham, but note that the kick off time has been put back to 11.00am



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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 1 Stockport County 3

6 April 2024

Sutton United 1(Lakin 34 pen) Stockport County 3 (Madden 3, 30, 45+1)

Sutton's run of four consecutive wins came to a halt at the hands of League two leaders Stockport, who maintained their four point lead at the top thanks to Paddy Madden's second hat trick against U's this season. Madden gave his side the lead after only two minutes and added a second on the half hour, but it was his third goal, in first half stoppage time, that proved the most damaging for U's, who had reduced the arrears thanks to a Charlie Lakin penalty. Had U's reached the interval just one goal behind, with the advantage of the strong wind in the second half there would have been a real prospect of getting something from the game, but Madden's superbly taken goal restored Stockport's two goal lead and at no time in the second half did Sutton look likely to close the gap.

With Ben Goodliffe injured in training in the week having returned against Swindon on Monday, Louis John started a game for the first time since the end of January, but he was soon watching Stockport go ahead as a short corner on the left worked between Odin Bailey and Antoni Sarcevic ended with Sarcevic crossing to the far post and although Neill Byrne's header came back off the bar Madden tapped the rebound in from almost on the line.

Sutton responded well, with Harry Smith winning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Lakin's powerful shot being turned aside by Ben Hinchliffe, but after Madden had just failed to reach a low cross from Bailey he doubled his and Stockport's tally on the half hour after Sarcevic's quickly taken free kick found Kyle Knoyle in space on the right, and he pulled back a low cross for Madden to turn home.

Again Sutton looked to bounce straight back, and this time were rewarded as Josh Coley was put in by Harry Beautyman and barged over by Ethan Pye, who might have been lucky that referee Sunny Singh Gill didn't rule that it was denying a goalscoring opportunity with no attempt to play the ball, and was doubly lucky when the yellow card was shown to Ibou Touray instead. Lakin left nothing to chance with the penalty, giving U's real hope of a second half comeback with the advantage of the elements, but Stockport turned up the pressure at the end of the half and after Steve Arnold had saved well from Callum Camps, U's never cleared the danger and Knoyle set Madden up again, this time just inside the penalty area, and the striker hammered a superb shot beyond Arnold in to the top far corner of the net.

There was another blow for U's as the injured Lakin failed to reappear for the second half, which turned in to a masterclass in game management from Stockport, with Hinchliffe untroubled as Sutton failed on several occasions to get the ball in to the penalty area from promising positions. Indeed the closest to goals came at the other end as Isaac Olaofe, whose return to Sutton had yielded only a booking for kicking the ball away after an offside decision, saw a shot well blocked by Sam Hart, and Sarcevic drew a good save from Arnold with a twenty yard shot. Wrexham's late winner at Colchester prevented Stockport's lead at the top being extended, while providing U's with a rare positive from the afternoon, the Essex side still a point behind U's albeit with three games in hand, the first of which is against Stockport on Tuesday when U's will hope the leaders are as efficient as they were at the VBS.

Sutton: S Arnold, J Kizzi, N Adom-Malaki, O Sowunmi, S Hart, L John, J Coley(sub V Tume 90), O Sanderson(sub O Patrick 65), H Smith, H Beautyman, C Lakin(sub C N'Guessan H-T). Subs n/u M Kerbey, C Clay, D Moore, J Williams. Booked: Sowunmi, Kizzi, Hart.

Stockport: B Hinchliffe, K Knoyle, I Touray, E Pye, N Byrne, F Horsfall, O Bailey(sub K Wootton H-T), C Camps, P Madden(sub C Lemonhaigh-Evans 72), A Sarcevic (sub N Powell 82), I Olaofe. Subs n/u J Smith, R Croasdale, M Hippolyte, R Richards. Booked: Olaofe, Touray, Lemonhaigh-Evans.

Referee: Sunny Singh Gill

Attendance: 3,852(959 away)


Childrens Trust warm up 6.4.24.jpg

During the warm-up on Saturday the players wore t-shirts to support the Children's Trust, the club's official charity for the 2023-24 season. A number of children from the trust were mascots at the game and a collection was held during the afternoon.

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