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Salford v Sutton preview

12 August 2021

For the second Saturday running, Sutton travel to face one of the League Two promotion favourites with a trip to Salford City. As on Tuesday, U's will be in all black.

It's almost exactly two years ago that the sides met for the first time ever, Sutton coming from behind at Gander Green Lane to beat Salford 2-1 with goals from Craig Eastmond and Ross Lafayette, but Salford took the points at Moor Lane later in the season, winning 2-0, and at the end of their first National league season they won the play-off final at Wembley to maintain their rapid ascent through the English football pyramid.

A lot of people fancied them to continue that progress last season, but despite losing only once at home all season, losing more than half their away games left them two points short of the play-offs. Manager Gary Bowyer has made several additions to his squad during the summer, including goalkeeper Tom King from Newport, midfielder Matty Willock, who scored in last week's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, and striker Conor McAleny from Oldham, for whom he scored seventeen goals last season.

Two other names familiar to U's fans will be strikers Brandon Thomas-Asante, who made ten appearances on loan at Sutton from MK Dons two seasons ago, coming close to winning goal of the season with his only goal at Bromley in the FA Trophy, and Tom Elliott, ex-AFC Wimbledon and scorer of their goal in the famous FA Cup replay in 2017.

After drawing with Leyton Orient last week, Salford almost claimed a noteable scalp in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, twice leading Derby at Pride Park before ultimately losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Sutton also gave a Championship team a run for their money on Tuesday before being edged out 3-2 at Cardiff, and after last week's unfortunate defeat at Forest Green will be hoping fortunes turn on Saturday as U's look for a first EFL point.

Will Randall remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, but Tobi Sho-Silva is close to a return having missed the whole of pre-season through injury.

Admission is available through the turnstiles to the away terrace (East Terrace) only, priced £15 for adults, £10 for concessions (60 and over; 16-21), and £5 for under 16s. Cash only. All ages are taken as at 7th August. Under 5s are admitted free provided they do not occupy a seat. Seats need to be booked in advance through the Salford website here, with booking open until 1pm on Saturday. Seat prices are the same as those for the terrace. There are further details for the game here, but it should be noted that the usual Park & Ride service is not in operation and street parking around the ground is restricted on match days.

We will have commentary on the game through the iFollow service, and you can find further details in the iFollow tab here. The price for a single game is £2.50 but you can buy monthly (£4.49) and seasonal (£45) passes representing great value.

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