Sutton got back to winning ways when they beat Belper Town in a keenly
fought game at Coles Lane.
Sutton had had a slight stumble in their recent
improvement when they were beaten at Lincoln last Saturday and were looking to get back on track. It was never going to be easily against a physical Belper team and so it proved.
Sutton had the better of the opening exchanges and a
corner found the head of Joel Kettle but he got under the ball and headed it over the crossbar. This was quickly followed by a volley just past the post by Kristian Ramsey Dickson.
Belper hit back and a good move ended with an equally
good save at the foot of the post by Lee Evans
in the Sutton goal which
prevented Belper taking the lead. But it was Sutton who did take the lead in the 29th minute when a great run down the right from deep in his own half by Ramsay-Dickson ended with a perfect ball to Reece Leek
who made no mistake.
The game continued to be end to end and Belper got the equaliser on the stroke of half time when the Sutton defence were guilty of leaving a swinging free kick to each other and Richard Adams crept in at the far post to stab the ball home.
The second half was just as robust with Belper having the better of the play and Sutton defending really well. Belper should have gone ahead when the ball fell to a forward with all the goal to shoot at but he put it wide.
Within minutes they had another excellent chance to take the lead when a shot hit the post but with the ball bouncing around in front of the goal they could not take the chance.
They then had what they thought was a good shout for a penalty but
it was waved away by the referee and Sutton attacked up field to win a corner from which they were awarded a penalty for pulling and pushing in the box.
Louis Keenan made no mistake from the spot kick
Belper threw everything at Sutton to try and get the equaliser but the Sutton defence stood firm.