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Sutton v Rochdale preview

4 March 2022

Before embarking on a run where five of the next six games are away, Sutton are at the VBS Community Stadium on Saturday as Rochdale make their first visit to the ground.

U's trip to the Crown Oil Arena in October was one of the least successful away games of the season as Louis John was injured in the first ten minutes and Richie Bennett sent off just before half time, and Rochdale opened up a 2-0 lead before goals from Isaac Olaofe and Ali Smith, the second in the 90th minute, appeared to have snatched an unlikely point. However a strike from Aaron Morley with just about the last kick of the game gave the hosts a 3-2 win.

That result was symptomatic of an inconsistent season for Rochdale, with five of their eight league wins in League Two coming against sides who go in to this weekend in the top six of the table, but last weekend's completion of a league double over Northampton was followed by a defeat at 19th placed Carlisle on Tuesday, with former Sutton striker Tobi Sho-Silva scoring one of the goals. They are 17th in the current table, seven points clear of the relegation zone. They are likely to be without defender Max Taylor after he suffered an ankle injury against Northampton.

Last week's convincing defeat of Scunthorpe ended a run of five games without a win for U's, who have lost only once in the last thirteen league games, and manager Matt Gray has striker Richie Bennett available again after his wrist operation, while Kylian Kouassi has been recalled from his successful loan spell at Chesham United.

Tomorrow's referee is Ben Speedie, who is in his second season as a Football League referee and is taking charge of his first Sutton game.

Tickets are available on line here for home supporters, or can be bought from the ticket kiosk on the day, although we would advise spectators wishing to buy on the day to arrive at least an hour before kick off to avoid congestion around the ticket office and turnstiles. Tomorrow's match programme is available to be ordered on line here, and if you can't get to the game we will have our usual audio commentary on our iFollow system. Supporters without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can order a match pass for £2.50 here.

We will also be supporting the EFL Women's Weekend at tomorrow's game, ahead of International Women's Day on Tuesday, with the match programme highlighting women's involvement at the club, and you can read more on the EFL campaign here, while before the game the players will be wearing T-shirts to promote Level Playing Field's 18th Weeks of Action campaign. Level Playing Field supports disabled sports fans through its membership, and a variety of active initiatives. For more information visit
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