Blidworth Battered at Sutton
Blidworth welcomed back Alex Wilford & Robbie Evans into the starting line up who were both away at work in the week but duel signed players Joseph Meehan & Liam Pride were both away with Shirebrook along with skipper Keir Webster & Matthew Moult who were both unavailable.
Blidworth started brightly and took the lead on 2 minutes when Ryan Meehan played a delightful ball over the Sutton defence to Christopher Shelton who had made a darting run, outpacing the Sutton defence the young winger ran through one on one and calmly stroked the ball past the Sutton keeper to give his side the early advantage 0-1.
The lead didn't last long though as on 7 minutes a mistake in the centre of defence by Robbie Evans gifted the ball to Craig Mitchell who smashed the ball past the unguarded Paul Stanhope to level the game at 1-1. Blidworth hit back though, Matthew Allen hit a dipping shot from 25 yards which was brilliantly tipped over the bar by the Sutton keeper.
On 13 minutes Sutton were reduced to 10 men when the ball was again played through the Sutton defence by Meehan for Jamie Senior to run on to, Senior received the ball but was tripped from behind by Buchanan as he ran through on goal, the referee blew for the foul and had no choice but to show Buchanan a red card as he was the last defender.
From the resulting free kick Senior worked the keeper with a curling shot that was tipped round the post for a corner, the corner was whipped in by Carl Gould and after a scramble in the box Senior poked the ball into the net but the linesman's flag was up for offside.
On 18 minutes Sutton took the lead after a break down the right hand side, the ball was crossed into the box where Jason Edwards headed the ball down into the corner of the net for 2-1. 3 minutes later Blidworth were reduced to 10 men when Alex Wilford was sent off for an off the ball incident with Dean Short which was spotted by the referees assistant.
On 24 minutes Senior tested the Sutton keeper from long range, this time the keeper blocked the shot down in front of himself where Matthew Allen was following in on the shot but it hit the striker on the knee and went wide. From the goal kick Gary Armstrong was booked for a late challenge on Andy White. Straight after Dave Voller decided to bring himself into the game for Matthew Allen to shore up the Blidworth defence.
This seemed to work and for the next 10 minutes the game was played in midfield until on 39 minutes Sutton extended their lead when a deep cross into the box cleared everyone in the middle except Andy White, the ex Mansfield Town player expertly volleyed the ball into the roof of the net for 3-1.
Blidworth heads began to drop and 2 minutes later Nathan Holligworth collected a loose pass 25 yards from goal, the ex Blidworth player had time and space to compose himself before smashing the ball into the bottom corner of the net past a helpless Stanhope for 4-1.
Halftime could not come quickly enough for Blidworth but Sutton nearly scored a fifth in stoppage time but this time the post came to Blidworth`s rescue. The second half began with Blidworth kicking down the slope, Carl Gould was to to be booked though for dissent 3 minutes into the half when he challenged a decision by the referee.
5 minutes later it was all over for Blidworth when Mitchell beat the offside trap and raced towards goal, the striker unselfishly squared the ball to White who shot towards goal, Ryan Meehan made a terrific last ditch block but the ball fell kindly to White who easily tapped the ball into the net for his second and 5-1.
On 56 minutes good work by Carl Gould in midfield created a chance for his brother Craig to run into the box with a neat pass, Gould though played a great reverse pass to Senior who was on his own in front of goal, Senior though could not keep his shot down and the ball sailed over the bar. Dave Voller decided to bring on Jason Fisher for Gary Armstrong in the 58th minute as the midfielder looked to be losing his temper on the pitch.
On 73 minutes the manager himself was at fault when he failed to control a loose pass at the back, White pounced on the opportunity and ran in on the Blidworth goal unchallenged to slip the ball past Stanhope for his hatrick and Sutton's 6th 6-1.
Blidworth were well and truly beaten and it was to get worse for them on 83 minutes when Carl Gould was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge leaving Blidworth with 9 men on the field. Brother Craig Gould was next to see a card but this time it was yellow for dissent.
On 86 minutes Sutton were reduced to 9 men when Andy White lost control of the ball under pressure from Senior, the big striker lunged for the ball two footed on Craig Gould taking everything in his path. Both benches were on the pitch as scuffles broke out and after the referee calmed everyone down showed a deserved straight red card to the Sutton striker.
There was still time for Sutton to increase their goal difference when on 89 minutes the ball was crossed into the Blidworth box, Scott Goody went to control the ball but it struck his arm and the referee blew and pointed to the spot. Craig Mitchell sent Stanhope the wrong way for 7-1.
The referee blew a minute later to end Blidworth`s embarrassment and give Sutton the points they deserved. Blidworth must improve their performance and also their discipline in time for next Saturday's home game with local rivals Southwell City, kick off is 3pm