Sutton lose local derby
Disappointment during Groud Hop weekend
This game kicked off this year’s Ground Hop weekend in front of a good crowd of 225.
Josh Yakub continued in goal with a back four of James Pool, Kai Long, Nathan Rendell and Sam Roberts, midfield of Jem Douglas, captain Jack Keen, Corey Rawlings and Sam Downes, and a front two of Mason Daggar and new signing Josh Keen.
From the first whistle it was apparent that the game would develop into a tiresome attritional affair that required an experienced ‘man manager’ referee, prepared to read the riot act to both teams early on.
Unfortunately yellow cards were brandished with monotonous regularity, four to Sutton players and three and a sending off to Ashton & Backwell.
The deadlock was broken on 42 minutes, an A & B corner from the left failed to be cleared, the loose ball forced home at the far post.
Half Time Ashton & Backwell 1 Bishop Sutton 0
The hosts went further ahead on 57 minutes, a cross from the left eluded the defence allowing a free header giving Yakub no chance.
Sutton’s first sub came on 62 minutes, Douglas being replaced by Sam Glasson, followed 6 minutes later with Pool and Keen being replaced by Adam Young and manager Dave Stone.
Sutton pulled a goal back on 72 minutes, a corner from the right was met by Rendell who volleyed home.
Sutton now enjoyed their best spell of the game but couldn’t fashion the equaliser.
Full Time Ashton & Backwell 2 Bishop Sutton 1
Sutton’s Man of the Match, Mason Daggar, for another 110 % display.
Sutton travel to Huish Park to play Yeovil Town in the first round of the Somerset Premier Cup next Tuesday night the 10th October.