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29 March 2024 Venue Peninsula Stadium Attendance

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Salford v Sutton preview

28 March 2024

An important and busy Easter weekend for Sutton begins at the Peninsula Stadium on Friday as U's visit Salford City in a bid for a third consecutive Sky Bet League Two victory and a further boost in U's bid to climb clear of the relegation zone. Sutton will be in amber.

Salford have also won their last two games, ending a sequence of five league games without a win which had threatened to drag them back towards trouble after an unbeaten eight game run following the appointment of Karl Robinson as manager in early January had seen them move towards mid table, underlining an inconsistent season for a team that would have expected to be challenging at the other end of the table. They won 2-0 at Sutton in early October, and are unbeaten against U's in three meetings at the Peninsula Stadium, with U's still looking for a first goal on the ground.

Last weekend's win against Accrington moved U's level on points with Forest Green, who are at home to Stockport on Friday and one behind Colchester, who entertain Newport, and Stephen Duke-McKenna, Deon Moore and Jay Williams have all returned to the squad this week after being on international duty. After Lee Angol joined Woking on loan last weekend until the end of the season, Jack Taylor has returned to Hornchurch, also until the end of the season, and scored a stoppage time winner on Tuesday against Concord Rangers that saw Steve Morison's former club move fourteen points clear at the top of the Isthmian League table.

Friday's referee is Paul Howard, taking charge of his third Sutton game this season after previously refereeing games at Crawley and at home to Barrow. He is in his fourth season as an EFL referee.

Admission is available on the day, price £15 for adults; £10 for ages 60+ and 18-21; £5 for ages 14-17 and £1 for under 14s. Under 5s not requiring a reserved seat are admitted free. These prices cover both standing and seated accommodation. All away supporters enter the ground by turnstile A, with seated accommodation in the North Stand and standing accommodation in the East Terrace, and any pre-ordered tickets can be collected from turnstile A1. 

For supporters not able to make the journey the game will be live streamed as it is a Bank Holiday fixture, with a match pass costing £10 and available here.

The Supporters' coach leaves at 7.15am.

Independent travellers are reminded that Euston station is closed all Easter weekend and services from St Pancras, either via Sheffield or via Leicester and Nuneaton, are likely to be very busy and cannot at present be booked in advance, so the alternative route is from Marylebone at 8.36 or 9.36, changing at Banbury, or at 8.07 or 9.02, changing in Birmingham, which involves a short walk between stations from Moor Street to New Street. Total journey time is just under four hours. Then to get to the ground from Manchester Piccadilly walk to the Chorlton Street bus station, just opposite the station, and catch the X43 from stop EZ, which runs on the hour and half hour and travels along Bury New Road and will drop you close to the end of Moor Lane. Total journey time from Chorlton Street, including the walk along Moor Lane, is about half an hour. Return bus is at 17.33, while routes 97 and 98 run every fifteen minutes at 09, 24, 39 and 54 minutes past the hour to Shudehill bus station, a 5-10 minute walk from Piccadilly.  Return trains to Marylebone are at 17.25, changing at Leamington Spa, or 17.30, 18.03 and 18.25, changing in Birmingham- the 17.30 requires an additional change at Crewe.

Those who are driving should travel via the M6 and M62 to join the M60 at junction 12, and then continue clockwise to leave at junction 17 at Prestwich. Turn in towards Manchester on the A56 Bury New Road, and Moor Lane is about two miles along on the right. There are roadworks in Bury New Road which may take about ten minutes to negotiate. There is no parking at the ground, and parking restrictions are in force in most roads around the ground. Better parking options may be available by turning left in to Singleton Road, opposite Moor Lane, and then walking along Moor Lane.

There is football on Friday at the VBS with Crystal Palace Under 21s facing Tottenham Under 21s, kick off 12.00. More details here.

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Match Reports

Match report for Salford City 1 Sutton United 2

29 March 2024

Salford City 1 (Watson 50) Sutton United 2(Sanderson 45+2, 63)

Sutton made it three Sky Bet League Two wins in a row and recorded a first ever win, and first ever goal, at Salford thanks to two goals from Olly Sanderson. The first came in first half stoppage time and gave U's the edge after a tight first half, and the second came just after the hour mark and halted a good start to the second half from the home side, who had made three substitutions at half time and equalised within five minutes of the restart.

Sutton fielded an unchanged starting eleven after last week's win over Accrington, and started brightly but there was little to separate the sides in the first half and few moments of threat for either goalkeeper. Salford's best effort came from Conor McAleny, who shot wide after a fine solo run, while at the other end Nino Adom-Malaki's cross found Sanderson arriving at the near post but Adrian Mariappa diverting the ball for a corner. The half seemed set to end goalless, but then Omar Sowunmi found space to meet a Charlie Lakin free kick with a downward header, and Snderson hooked a shot past Alex Cairns in to the corner of the net.

Salford manager Karl Robinson's views on the first half were reflected with three substitutions at the break and they had an immediate effect, Connor McLellan setting up Matt Smith for a shot which went just past the post, but they only had to wait five minutes for an equaliser, which followed a Sutton counter attack which had seen Josh Coley's cross scrambled away. Salford broke back upfield to win a free kick despite Kelly Nmai being in a position to play on, but the quick free kick allowed himto resume his attack, and when the ball was played through to Callum Hendry his shot was beaten away by Steve Arnold but the rebound was returned on the half volley by Ryan Watson with Arnold helpless.

This was Salford's best spell of the game, but Sutton had the perfect response when a cross from Adom-Malaki was cleared as far as Ryan Jackson, who gave Coley the chance to send in another low cross and this one was miskicked by McLellan straight to Sanderson, whose crisp first time volley found the net. 

Salford almost replied immediately when McAleny's low shot rolled just wide, but other than that Arnold was relatively untroubled once U's were back in front, and Sutton might have extended the lead when substitute Omari Patrick fired in a shot from the right that was turned away by Cairns at his near post. Only in the closing stages did Salford put any concerted pressure on U's goal, but Harry Beautyman produced one superb intervention as he took the ball off Matt Smith's foot after Nmai had headed back a cross from the right, and Joe Kizzi dived in to divert a dangerous cross from Dan Chesters out for a corner, but after U's had cleared that referee Paul Howard blew the final whistle to leave U's to celebrate a win which seemed set to earn a place outside the relegation zone until Colchester's stoppage time winner against Newport.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson, N Adom-Malaki, O Sowunmi, J Kizzi, S Hart, J Coley(sub O Patrick 82), O Sanderson (sub C N'Guessan 82), H Smith, H Beautyman, C Lakin. Subs n/u M Kerbey, L John, C Clay, D Moore, J Williams. Booked: Smith, Sanderson, N'Guessan, Beautyman.

Salford: A Cairns, C Tilt, D John(sub C McLellan H-T), T Vassell, A Mariappa (sub L Garbutt 72), E Watt, R Watson(sub D Chesters 73), J Luamba(sub K Nmai H-T), M Smith, C Morton(sub C Hendry H-T), C McAleny. Subs n/u M Lund, J Torrance.

Referee: Paul Howard

Attendance: 2,983(137 away)

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