Sutton Coldfield Town - The Royals

Sutton Coldfield Town - The Royals

SUTTON TURN ON FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE

by Ian Hartwell

SUTTON TURN ON FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE

Sutton were anticipating a hard close game against visitors Hucknall who were sitting one place and one point ahead of them in the league.

It was also an important game in the tight race for play off places in the league and could prove to be a six pointer at the end of the season.

Sutton came out buzzing and began stringing together their passes and causing all sorts of problems down the left where Matt Dodd had the beating of Craig Armstrong.

It was Dodd who floated over a delightful cross to allow Jimmy Quiggin to score a rare goal with his head in the 6th minute.

Sutton were all over Hucknall and Dodd was through at ease every time he got the ball. A shot by Dodd was tipped over the bar by the keeper and it was a series of great saves by James Lindley in the Hucknall goal that kept the game alive for them.

Even he could not do anything about Sutton’s second goal when he punched the ball away from a corner but Jon Jones headed the ball back into the far corner.

The third goal came when Craig Marshall headed a clearance on over the defence and Quiggin threaded through a perfect pass for Dodd to run past the last defender and poke the ball between the goalkeepers legs and watch it trickle over the goaline turning from provider to scorer for a change.

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Right on half time Dodd yet again tormented the Hucknall left and took the ball to the goaline before crossing across the face of the goal and Marshall had a simple tap in.

The second half was a much quieter affair with Sutton content to defend their lead and except for a move down the left that saw Quiggin play in Marshall whose shot on the run hit the bottom of the post.

In the last 5 minutes Sutton scored their fifth goal when a great cross the width of the field found Dodd and he played the ball into the middle of the penalty box and Jon Jones laid the ball back into the path of substitute Joel Fuller who hit the ball low into the bottom corner.

Sutton conceded a goal in the closing minutes and will be disappointed at not keeping a clean sheet when they failed to cut out a cross from the left and Anthony Gregory headed home unchallenged.

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