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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

07 November 2023 Venue Cobham FC Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Epsom & Ewell
1 - 2
Sutton United
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Match Previews

Epsom & Ewell vs Sutton preview

6 November 2023

Sutton's highly promising academy players will get a chance to show their ability on Tuesday night when U's Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup campaign begins with an away game at Epsom & Ewell. U's will be wearing amber.

JImmy Dack and Ross White will be in charge of the Sutton team, which is likely to contain several of those who were involved in last week's superb FA Youth Cup win at Colchester, and are also intending to use some of the older academy players who have been out on loan this season such as Jack Taylor and Ollie Khinda, who both featured in Sutton's pre-season friendlies. Last season Taylor was among the scorers at this stage of the competition as a similarly young Sutton side beat Merstham, although later in the season Metropolitan Police proved too strong in the quarter finals.

Sutton met Epsom in the final of the competition in 1984, winning 4-0 at Imber Court with two goals from Steve Galloway and one apiece from Mark Golley and Steve Tutt, and for the two subsequent seasons the teams competed as equals in the Isthmian League Premier Division, but Epsom now play in the Combined Counties League and currently lie one place off the bottom of the table, having won two of their eleven league games. The sides last met in this competition in December 2011, two days after U's had faced Notts County in a live televised FA Cup tie, with Sutton coming out 1-0 winners thanks to a debut goal from Kyle Vassell(below), who is now playing in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock.


That game was played at Merstham, but Epsom now play at Cobham's Reg Madgwick Stadium in Downside Bridge Road, KT11 1AA. If leaving the A3 at the A245 junction, Downside Bridge Road is on the right just before you get to Cobham High Street. There is no on site parking, but the public Holly Hedge car park is opposite the ground and is free after 7pm. The closest station is Cobham & Stoke D'Abernon, about three miles away, reached from Sutton with one change at Wimbledon or two at Epsom and Effingham Junction. Bus 408 goes from Epsom at 17.45 past the station and carries on close to the ground, although this is not an option after the game. 

Admission is £8 for adults, £5 for concessions (over 65, under 16) and free for armed forces and NHS workers.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will be decided on penalties.

We hope to have a Mixlr commentary on the game and supporters should check nearer the time for confirmation.

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Match Reports

Match report for Epsom & Ewell 1 Sutton United 2

7 November 2023

Epsom & Ewell 1(Nelson-Roberts 62) Sutton United 2(Vorster 76,86)

Sutton's academy youngsters added another impressive result to their collection as they came from behind to beat Combined Counties League Epsom & Ewell and move in to the third round of the Surrey Senior Cup. After an hour in which U's were on top but thwarted by an outstanding performance from Epsom goalkeeper Harvey Keogh, it looked as though the failure to take chances would be costly when Ethan Nelson-Roberts headed Epsom in front moments after Brad House, the only non-academy player in the line-up had saved a penalty, but substitute George Vorster struck twice in the last fifteen minutes to give U's a thoroughly deserved win to follow up last week's FA Youth Cup success at Colchester.

The team that had won in Essex was supplemented by several players returning for the night from loans at senior clubs, including Lanseny Traore, Oscar Williams and George Costello who have all been playing in the Combined Counties League for Egham and Colliers Wood, as well as Jack Taylor (Burgess Hill) and Jack Phillips (Metropolitan Police), and Williams almost scored inside the first minute when he shot in to the side netting after a corner had fallen to him.

Sutton had the better of the first half but found Keogh in fine form, even if his first save, pushing wide a Phillips shot after the winger had been put through by a superb Joden Trickett pass, wasn't acknowledged by referee Callum  Peters, who gave a goal kick. There was no doubt about two later saves, though, both to deny Trickett, the first a close range header and the second pushing away a low shot from twenty yards.

Epsom's attempts to put Sutton under pressure were hampered by an inability to stay onside, several promising positions being halted by the assistant's flag, and the early stages of the second half continued to see u's on top, with Trickett having a shot diverted just wide by a defender,  Keogh saving from Khyan Edwards and Trickett's glancing header deflecting on to the bar and over. However against the run of play Epsom were handed a golden chance to take the lead when Javon Marquis tangled with Rory Edwards just inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. House made a fine save to his left to keep out Luke Miller's penalty, but the resulting corner was swung in from the right by Steve Springett and headed down and in at the far post by Nelson-Roberts.

U's response was to bring Vorster on for Costello, and with fourteen minutes to go the substitute had levelled as a deep cross from the right was brought down by Edwards, and although Keogh again saved well from his close range shot Vorster was on hand to bury the rebound. As penalties loomed for the second week running it was Sutton who finished the game stronger, and the reward came four minutes from time when captain Cameron Sullivan produced a darting run in to the penalty area before teeing up Vorster, who swept a low shot beyond Keogh in to the corner of the net to complete the comeback and send Sutton through.

Sutton: B House, J Marquis, C Sullivan, L Traore, J Taylor, O Williams(sub J Eccleston 73), J Phillips, L Moore, J Trickett, G Costello(sub G Vorster 63), K Edwards. Subs n/u L Jones, V Tume. Booked: Traore.

Epsom: H Keogh, T Williams(sub L Elsom 64), N Inwugwu, S Springett(sub V Carpene 75), R Tierney, O Thompson, E Nelson-Roberts(sub M Batula 82), R Edwards, G Owusu(sub E Amissah 50), T Adeyemi, L Miller(sub J Stanley 69).

Referee: Callum Peter

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