Sutton just lost out in this tight encounter with high flying Grantham who had won their last seven league games and where lying just behind Sutton in the table with games in hand.
The reason Sutton did not come home with at least a share of the spoils was down to poor refereeing by Mr C Ward of Worksop.
With only minutes remaining he awarded a penalty for a tackle that was well outside the box and which the assistant referee, who was closer, did not give the signal that it was inside and therefore a penalty. No claim was made by the Grantham players for a penalty and Mr Ward did not consult with his assistant.
The first half was a good tight battle between two good evenly matched teams with chances going begging at both ends.
The first real chance fell to Grantham when Rhys Lewis was put through but Niall Cooper in the Sutton goal pulled off a brave stop when he gathered at the players feet.
It was then Sutton’s turn to give Grantham a fright when a shot rebound of a defender but Matt Brown following in could not get a clear strike and the chance went over the bar.
It was Sutton who also had the last chance of a first half that had seen Grantham just have the majority of the play but Sutton effectively hitting them on the break. The chance followed a flowing move down the right and was headed goalwards by Joel Fuller but his effort was cleared off the line.
The second half began with a substitution for Sutton when James Reid replaced Fuller who had received a knock on his ankle during the first half.
It was Reid who gave Sutton the lead when a good move down the right involving Matt Dodd and Matt Brown ended with Brown chipping the goalkeeper and Reid making sure it went in by getting his head to the ball.
It only took Grantham 7 minutes to equalise when from a corner their substitution Tristan Whitman was allowed to sneak in at a corner and head home unchallenged.
With the game seemingly heading for an draw and what would have been a fair result Mr Ward contrived to award a controversial penalty to Grantham. A tackle some way outside the penalty area was given and without the usual sign of the flag across his chest from his assistant who was much nearer the incident, Mr Ward suddenly pointed to the spot. There had been no wild appeal for a penalty from the Grantham players and most people in the ground where stunned by his decision.
Needless to say Paul Grimes who had been fouled stepped up and made no mistake to seal the points for Grantham.
With only four minutes left to play there was no time for Sutton to come back although they did make every effort to do so.
This was an excellent game of football between two teams who will both be there or there about come the end of the season a pity it had to be spoiled by some woeful refereeing