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Sutton v Salford preview

2 October 2023

After defeat at Crawley on Saturday, Sutton face two home games this week against sides in the lower half of Sky Bet League Two and will look to reverse the run of form that has seen one point picked up since the victory against Notts County on the first day of the season.

The week begins with a visit from Salford City on Tuesday night, with the Manchester club having endured a poor run themselves of five consecutive league defeats prior to Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Newport. That was Salford's third league win of the season, with the two previous successes both coming away from home against Forest Green and Tranmere, the latter seeing Callum Hendry score a hat trick. Saturday's win lifted Salford to 20th place after a start to the season that will have been below the expectations at Moor Lane following last season's performance, which saw Salford reach the play-offs before losing to Stockport.

Sutton will be looking for a first EFL win over Salford, having lost both meetings last season, while two seasons ago both games finished goalless. Sutton did beat The Ammies, though, in the National League in August 2018 thanks to goals from Craig Eastmond and Ross Lafayette. Louis John and Rob Milsom could both be close to returning after missing the last few games through injury, while a decision will be made nearer the kick off on Harry Smith, who has been suffering from a back injury,.

Referee Carl Brook, now in his fourth season on the EFL list, has been a regular visitor to the VBS since his first game against Braintree in November 2007, although this is the first EFL game he has refereed on the ground, his previous visits being as a fourth official, a role he fulfilled in the recent Carabao Cup win at Wycombe.

Tuesday's game is the first of three games that form part of our special October ticket bundle, where supporters can buy a ticket that also covers the home games against Walsall on Saturday, and Morecambe a fortnight later. A ground admission ticket is £45 for adults, representing a cost of £15 per match, with concession tickets at £32 and juniors (age 12-18) £15. Tickets for under 12s are free if purchased with an adult or concession ticket. Tickets for stand seats are £9 more in each case. To buy your ticket for the three games, click here. For an individual match ticket for Tuesday's game click here. Prices are the usual £21 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 for juniors, with stand seats £4 extra. Tickets will be on sale at the ground on Tuesday, but tickets bought in person on the night cost £2 more, an increase not applied to tickets bought on line at any time.

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We have produced a match programme to cover Tuesday's game and Saturday's game against Walsall, and you can order a copy to be sent out after the game here for £4 plus postage.

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Match report for Sutton United 0 Salford City 2

3 October 2023

Sutton United 0 Salford City 2 (Smith 55, Nmai 65)

A return to home soil failed to provide a change of fortune as Sutton went down to two second half goals against a Salford side recording a second consecutive league win. After a fairly even first half where neither side gained the upper hand, Salford scored twice in the first twenty minutes of the second half and despite a spirited late effort from Sutton the recent tide of disappointing results could not be  reversed

Dean Bouzanis was fit to start in goal for U's, while Hisham Kasimu made his first EFL start in attack, but it was Salford who had the better of things early on, with wingers Luke Bolton and Kelly Nmai both posing a threat. Sutton's defence dealt well with any crosses that came in to the penalty area and U's gained more of a foothold in the game without creating any serious chances, a misplaced pass more than once undermining a promising attack, although goalkeeper Alex Cairns did have to dive low to intercept one cross from Omari Patrick, playing on the right with Harry Beautyman on the left of midfield.

When Salford's delivery in to the penalty area improved chances followed, with Nmai sprinting down the left before crossing for Matty Lund to arrive late but volley over. Nmai's next cross was cleared as far as Bolton, whose shot with the outside of his right foot came back off the foot of the post, and Matt Smith might have done better at the far post than divert the ball wide from an excellent ball in by Lund. Having survived those chances Sutton could have gone in at half time with the confidence of a lead when Joe Kizzi headed Christian N'Guessan's free kick across goal, but Elliott Ward did just enough to block Kasimu's header, the ball looping harmlessly in to the hands of Cairns.

Sutton started the second half in similar vein, with Kasimu having a shot from an angle blocked, but having failed to take advantage of two corners U's were punished as Salford made their first of the second half count, Declan John's corner from the right flicked on by Adrian Mariappa at the near post and headed in by Smith at the far.  Worse followed for U's ten minutes later when Nmai broke free down the left and crossed low, and although the ball was too far in front of Smith the big striker retrieved it on the right by-line and chipped to the far post where Nmai was left free to take a touch before firing high in to the net.

U's made changes in an effort to get back in to the game, and also had to replace Craig Eastmond after the captain suffered what looked to be a hamstring injury, and after Smith had wasted a chance to give Salford a third goal, pulling a shot wide after being put through by Ethan Ingram, there were real chances to give Salford an uneasy last ten minutes, with Aiden O'Brien meeting a Josh Coley cross at the near post but sending the ball just wide. Coley had the best opportunity, left clear after a fine challenge by Harry Smith on Curtis Tilt, but opted to try and take the ball round Cairns who whipped it off his toes. The keeper also saved from O'Brien in stoppage time as Salford saw the game out to take the points.

Sutton: D Bouzanis, J Kizzi, S Hart, O Sowunmi, B Goodliffe, C Eastmond(sub J Coley 79), C Clay(sub A O'Brien 71), C N'Guessan, H Kasimu(sub H Smith 62), H Beautyman, O Patrick. Subs n/u J Rose, R Jackson, L Angol. Booked: Kizzi

Salford: A Cairns, E Ingram, D John, C Tilt, A Mariappa, E Ward, L Bolton, M Lund (sub R Watson 81), M Smith, S Mallan, K Nmai(sub K Berkoe 90+3). Subs n/u J Wright, M Dackers, D Pedro, L Humbles, T Olopade. Booked: Smith, Bolton, Lund

Referee: Carl Brook

Attendance: 2,041(56 away)

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