RESULT : ROYALS 1-0 Blyth Spartans Fc
Royals send Blyth home with a double dose of the Blues
Sutton entertained the League leaders Blyth Spartans a famous old club who they beat in the away game back in October so they would be looking for some important points in their quest for promotion. A great performance from Sutton enabled them to complete the
double over their illustrious visitors.
The first half was mainly dominated by Sutton with Blyth not forcing any saves out of James Wren in the Sutton goal whilst having a couple of real chances themselves to put the game well out of reach both of which fell to returning Luke Rodgers who had missed the last seven weeks with a hernia problem. It was Rodgers who was causing the Blyth back four plenty of headaches with his movement of the ball and his ability to hold up the ball played in to him. As early as the first minute a good move down the right was finished with Aaron Forde blazing over from 10yards out. this was followed by another good move by Rodgers who cut in from a narrow angle and a late dive and block by the Blyth keeper Adam McHugh prevented Sutton taking the lead.
Sutton's pressure paid off in the 21st minute when debutant Cameron Gayle hit a great ball down the right touchline outside the full back and Danny O’Callaghan picked up the ball held off the challenge and squared to Forde who took his time and placed the ball calmly in the net. Sutton continued to dominate the first half and limited the table toppers to only a few half chances.
The second half began with Blyth showing more urgency pressing Sutton back and having more chances but it was Sutton on the break that looked the more dangerous and a great ball found Rodgers who nodded it down and then fired over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Blyth responded with a free kick from Robbie Dale hitting the underside of the bar and the rebound shot from Danny Maguire being scooped over the crossbar. Blyth were now enjoying their best spell of the game and It was Dale who again created Blyth’s second real chance when he hit another screaming free kick from 30yards which pulled a great save out of Wren diving to his right. With the Royals forced into a number of changes the away side pressed them back but the back four held out fairly comfortably to give the home side a fully deserved their win and with it the double over the championship challengers.
Full Time: ROYALS 1-0 Blyth
M.O.M Danny O'Callaghan