U15s win at Stoke
U15s, Sutton Town
Due to a waterlogged pitch at Suttons ground the fixture was reversed for Sutton Coldfield Town FC to play away at Stoke.
Q1 – Sutton Town started on the front foot and immediately Stoke were put under pressure. Stoke were slow to get going and were struggling to contain the Sutton attack and it wasn’t long until Sutton took the lead in the first 5 minutes. A great through ball from the Sutton midfielder Angelo Tembi Njong to Max Turner who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to make it 0-1. Stoke pulled themselves together and straight away from the goal the pressure was building on Sutton. The defence had to work hard to contain the Stoke attack and It wasn’t long before Stoke levelled, from a corner Stoke fired a shot from outside of the box into the top right, giving the goal keeper no chance to make it 1-1.
Q-2 - A shell shocked Sutton were put under more pressure from Stoke. Sutton was struggling to keep hold of the ball and it wasn’t long until the Stoke pressure paid off. A clumsy challenge by the Sutton defence in the box resulted in a penalty for Stoke but Tom Allsopp the Sutton Keeper became a hero diving to his right to save the penalty. The penalty save inspired the Sutton Team and they started to put pressure on the the Stoke defence. Stoke conceded a corner and a great delivery from debutant Matthew Funge resulted in captain Tom Brookes headed in a close range header from an assist from James Hanson to make the scoreline1-2 to Sutton. A strong Stoke side were not prepared to give up and it wasn’t long until an equaliser was on the cards, a free kick whipped across the Sutton area and caused confusion and the ball bounced in off the post lead to level it. Sutton responded forcing Stoke back and again they conceded a corner. Matthew Funge put in another great corner and Jamie Hubball was there to fire in a spectacular volley to make it 2-3.
Q-3 Sutton changed formation to try and contain and get on top of the game. The rest of the quarter was tightly contested by both teams who were competitive all over the park.
Q-4 For the last quarter Stoke pushed for an equalizer pushing forward. Sutton were doing well to contain the Stoke attack but the home team had chances to equalise shooting over the bar and wide from close range. However Sutton were resilient and the saw the quarter out to win the match 2-3.
Credit to both sets of players for an highly entertaining competitive game.