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27 February 2024 Venue Meadow Lane Attendance

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Notts County v Sutton preview and travel information

26 February 2024

It's Sutton's last chance of a Sky Bet League Two double on Tuesday when U's visit Meadow Lane to take on a Notts County side who were on the end of a 5-1 thumping on the first day of the season at the VBS. Sutton will be wearing amber.

That August afternoon as Notts County made their return to the Football League was probably the highspot of a season that has gone in a downward direction since for Sutton, with U's having won only three league games subsequently and going in to Tuesday's game on an eleven game winless run, the longest for the club this season.

Notts County's recent form isn't that much better, with one win in their last eight games, six of which have been under the guidance of Stuart Maynard, who left Wealdstone to take over at Meadow Lane in January after Luke Williams, who had brought Notts County back in to the EFL from the National League last season, had left to join Championship side Swansea City. They did recover from that opening day defeat and by the end of October had climbed to second in the table, but that poor run since the turn of the year as them currently in 13th place, albeit only four points outside the play-off zone. Their squad this season has included Will Randall, who moved from Sutton in the summer, although he has been restricted to five league appearances so far.

Sutton's last win was on Boxing Day at Wimbledon, and U's go in to the game three points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven points below Grimsby, who have no game on Tuesday while Forest Green host Wrexham and Colchester visit Salford.

The referee on Tuesday is Ollie Yates, who has been on the EFL list since 2016 and was last in charge of a Sutton game at Stevenage last season.

Sutton supporters will be accommodated in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand and tickets will be available on the night from the away ticket next to the away turnstiles in County Road. Prices are £24 for adults; £18 for ages 65 and over and 18-21; £10 for ages 16 and 17; £8 for ages 12-15 and £1 for under 12s, who must be accompanied by an over 18 spectator. For a visitors' guide to Meadow Lane click here.

For supporters not travelling the game will be live streamed in the UK and overseas, and passes for £10 can be bought here.

The Supporters' Club coach leaves at 2pm.

If travelling by car take the M1 to junction 24 and leave to follow the A453 towards Nottingham. Continue for about eight miles through Clifton (park and ride available as shown below) then on approaching the junction with the A52 bear left to follow signs to Wilford via the roundabout under the A52 in to Wilford Lane. Continue along Wilford Lane to the junction with the A60, then bear left to follow the A60 past Trent Bridge cricket ground and the City Ground, and over the bridge. The ground is on the right - there is no right turn in to Meadow Lane but you can turn right at the next junction in to Cattle Market Road and follow the road round behind the ground in to County Road, which is where the away accommodation is There is no public parking at the ground, but parking is available at the Cattle Market close to County Road. There is also a large multi storey car park in Queens Road, on the left on the A60 just past the turning to Cattle Market Road, and you may find free street parking in West Bridgford (right rather than left when you come to the A60), which is about a 15 minute walk from the ground. The club also strongly recommends the park and ride at Clifton South tram stop, just off the A453. Parking is free but you need to buy a ticket before boarding - trams run to Nottingham station which is ten minutes' walk from the ground. On the return journey watch out for a motorway closure on the M1 around Leicester (junctions 22-21A).
By rail trains leave St Pancras for Nottingham at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour, taking between an hour and a half and two hours. Turn left out of the station and immediately left again in to Queens Road, and at the end you'll see the ground opposite you to the right. The last direct train back is at 21.40, but there is a train at 21.58 which will get you to St Pancras at 00.23 with a change at East Midlands Parkway.

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Match Reports

Match report for Notts County 3 Sutton United 4

28 February 2024

Notts County 3 (Langstaff 13 pen, Crowley 33,70) Sutton United 4(Jackson 6, Smith 12, Sanderson 64, Lakin 77 pen)

Sutton picked up a first win under Steve Morison and moved to within four points of 22nd placed Grimsby with a thrilling and well deserved win at Meadow Lane that completed U's first, and only, Sky Bet League Two double of the season. Ahead three times, Sutton were pegged back on each occasion but when Charlie Lakin won and converted a penalty with thirteen minutes to go U's were able to see the game out comfortably, with a fifth Sutton goal looking likelier than a Notts County equaliser in the last ten minutes.

Stephen Duke-McKenna and Olly Sanderson replaced Josh Coley and Craig Clay in Sutton's starting line up, and Duke-McKenna needed only five minutes to create an impact, swinging over a fine cross from the left that was scrambled in at the far post by Ryan Jackson to give U's the perfect start.

The Liverpudlian then had a shot of his own that went wide, but Sutton's lead was soon wiped out as Macaulay Langstaff turned in the penalty area and hit a fierce shot that was blocked by a diving Ben Goodliffe, but with a hand, and after waiting to see if Sam Austin could head home the rebound referee Ollie Yates pointed to the spot and Langstaff blasted the penalty high in to the net. It took just three minutes for U's to go back in front, though, as a dreadful back pass from Aden Baldwin left Harry Smith with just goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond to beat and he took full advantage.

Notts County hit back again looking for an equaliser, with Steve Arnold saving well from a Jodi Jones volley, and Langstaff shooting over after getting the benefit of a tight offside call as he ran on to Scott Robertson's pass. Sutton still had chances at the other end, Sanderson heading just over, but with twelve minutes to go to half time Dan Crowley met a Jones cross with a looping header that dropped just inside the post with both Arnold and Goodliffe unable to reach it.

Jones saw a shot blocked by Arnold, and Crowley sent a 20-yard shot too high as the home side finished the half strongly, although they had to make a change just before half time as the injured Jaden Warner was replaced by Connell Rawlinson. In stoppage time Arnold saved from a Kyle Cameron header and Aaron Nemane's shot was blocked, but it was Sutton who came out on the front foot after the break, Goodliffe heading disappointingly wide from a Lakin free kick. U;'s were indebted to Arnold, though, for a brilliant save on the hour when a Jones cross from the right came through to Sam Austin at the far post, who seemed as though he had to score with a header but for Arnold managing to push the ball out from on the line. Arnold needed treatment soon afterwards but substitute goalkeeper Matt Kerbey wasn't required, and five minutes later U's were back in front. Smith did superbly on the left of the penalty area to create space and fire in a shot that was well saved by Ashby-Hammond, Craig Eastmond's follow up effort was blocked by Cameron with what looked like an arm, but the rebound fell to Sanderson in front of an open goal six yards out, and the QPR loanee had his first Sutton goal.

Again the lead was short lived, as Crowley battled through two challenges on the edge of the penalty area and sent a well placed shot inside Arnold's right hand post, but Sutton responded superbly. Sam Hart should have joined Sanderson in scoring a first goal for the club when he met Lakin's corner at the far post with an unmarked diving header that flew over the bar, and Lakin curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area. Two minutes later, though, Lakin was tripped by Crowley as he tried to jink his way through just inside the penalty area, and having not been awarded a penalty in the league this season until Saturday, U's now had two in two games. Lakin took responsibility with a penalty every bit as convincing as Langstaff's had been earlier, and this time U's wouldn't be denied. Indeed the lead might have been extended as Smith's low shot was pushed away by Ashby-Hammond and Hart shot just too high, while Arnold was untroubled as U's saw out six minutes of stoppage time mainly in the Notts County half before being able to celebrate a superb victory with the 113 travelling supporters who left Meadow Lane with renewed optimism for the rest of the season.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson, N Adom-Malaki (sub J Coley 80), J Kizzi, B Goodliffe, S Hart, O Sanderson (sub D Moore 80), C Eastmond(sub C Clay 67), H Smith, C Lakin, S Duke-McKenna (sub C N'Guessan 67). Subs n/u M Kerbey, J Taylor, J Williams. Booked: Adom-Malaki, Goodliffe, Lakin, Hart, Clay.

Notts County: L Ashby-Hammond, J Warner (sub C Rawlinson 44), A Baldwin, K Cameron, S Robertson, J O'Brien(sub J Bostock 71), D Crowley, S Austin (sub A Jatta 71), M Langstaff, J Jones, A Nemane. Subs n/u S Slocombe, A Chicksen, L Macari, C Colkett. Booked: O'Brien

Referee: Ollie Yates

Attendance: 7,776 (113 away)

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