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Sutton v Crawley preview

25 April 2022

After Saturday's defeat at Barrow, Sutton return to the VBS Community Stadium for the first of two home games which will go a long way to determining whether U's season will extend in to the Sky Bet League Two playoffs.

Two victories would leave Sutton in a strong position, with only Swindon able then to deny U's a playoff place and then only by winning all three of their remaining games, the first of which is on Tuesday at home to already promoted Forest Green. It's a big night in League Two, with eight sides playing their game in hand, after which all sides will have two games to play, and the four teams playing at home, Exeter, Mansfield, Sutton and Swindon, are all still involved in the push for promotion.

Crawley's outside hopes of gatecrashing the end of season party were ended on Saturday by defeat at Mansfield, ending a run of three consecutive victories, but they will be looking to finish the season strongly and add to their eight away successes this season which have included wins at Northampton and Newport. The meeting at the Broadfield Stadium in October saw U's win 1-0, Isaac Olaofe scoring the winner six minutes from time after Dean Bouzanis had earlier saved a penalty. It will be the first league meeting between the sides at Sutton, the only previous competitive meetings coming in the FA Cup, with Crawley winning 1-0 in 1965 and U's winning a fourth qualifying round tie 4-1 thirty years later.

Sutton will look to bounce back from the defeat at Barrow and extend an unbeaten run at the VBS that goes back to the end of October, with manager Matt Gray hoping to have a full squad to choose from.

Tuesday's referee is Sam Allison, who has been in charge of numerous Sutton games over the past six years and whose last appointment to a Sutton match was the Papa Johns Trophy quarter final against Harrogate in January.

Tickets can be bought on line here, and we would recommend buying through this method before lraving for the game. If you are buying in person at the ground, please allow plenty of time to avoid congestion around the ticket kiosk and the turnstiles.

We are also strongly encouraging supporters who need to buy a ticket for Saturday's game against Bradford City to do so at the same time - there will be a separate ticket booth open on Tuesday evening sellling tickets for that game, as we would remind supporters that tickets WILL NOT be available to buy in person on Saturday.

You can order a match programme for the Crawley game here.

Before the game our Under 15 youth team will be parading the Surrey Youth League Cup which they won on Sunday, beating Metropolitan Police 2-1 in the final at Imber Court. Although we have won several promotions in the past to rise to the Premier Elite Division of the league, this is our first trophy so many congratulations to Mike Nicholson, Paul Trevelyan and the team, and please be generous in your applause for our victorious young U's (below)! 

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