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Gillingham v Sutton preview

30 September 2022

Sutton make a first league visit to Gillingham this Saturday, the third of the four clubs relegated from League One last season that U's have travelled to, with a game away to the fourth, AFC Wimbledon, a fortnight away. U's will be wearing amber at Gillingham.

Trips to Doncaster and Crewe in August yielded narrow defeats, the Doncaster game especially painful for U's who led going in to stoppage time, so Sutton will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes against a side who finished in the highest of the League One relegation positions, losing their status only on goal difference behind Fleetwood, but who have made the poorest start of the four this season.

Gillingham go into the game in 20th place, with their only victory in ten games so far against Rochdale, and that 1-0 win was one of only two games in which they have scored, the other being a 1-1 draw at Grimsby. Their other home games have seen goalless draws against Swindon and Walsall, and 2-0 defeats against Mansfield and Harrogate.

Sutton suffered a rare home defeat last week against Salford, the game turning on the dismissal of striker Donovan Wilson, and he will miss the visit to the Priestfield Stadium as he begins a three match suspension, while Rob Milsom, Sam Hart and Tope Fadahunsi are nearing fitness but unlikely to feature on Saturday. There is better news of Will Randall, who was substituted as a precaution at half time against Salford after a slight muscle injury but who could be involved at Gillingham. 

Saturday's referee is a familiar face to Sutton supporters, David Rock having officiated in numerous U's games in the past and now in his fourth season on the Football League list.

Supporters are reminded that there is no pay on the day admission, and that all tickets must be bought online here. Our supporters will be in the upper section of the uncovered Brian Moore Stand. The Priestfield Stadium is a cashless stadium.

There are no trains through Gillingham on Saturday due to the rail strike, but there are still seats available on the Supporters' Club coach which departs the VBS at 11.15, fare £15 return. For more detailed ticket and travel information click here.

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As usual there will be an audio commentary from Gillingham on our iFollow service for UK subscribers, price £2.50 with monthly passes (£4.49) and season passes (£45) available. Overseas supporters can watch the action from the Priestfield for just £10, or buy a monthly pass for £25 or a seasonal pass for £170, giving access to every Sutton League Two and Papa Johns Trophy game this season.

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