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Sutton Common Rovers
Camberley Town
L Holden (91')
Full time
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 72

Opening day league woes continue

The First team slumped to a disappointing defeat in their opening league game of the season

Darren Salmon made several changes to the side that had beaten Canterbury City, with Matt Tanton replacing the unavailable Anson Cousins, whilst Andrew White, Marlon Rodney and Francois Gabbidon, replaced Matt Auletta, Liam Holden and Jordan Gallagher (the first two dropping to the bench).

It was a subdued start to the game, with neither side offering much in the opening exchanges. Camberley had looked threatening with a couple of long throws by Chris Ellis, but these were well dealt with by Craig Bradshaw and Craig Hastings.

We had the opening chance of the game on seven minutes, when a long clearance caused problems for Camberley's Ellis and Andrew Charsley and allowed Andrew White a chance on goal, but he was denied by an excellent save by Kallum Lunn in the Camberley goal, and Matt Farrell's attempt to find Francois Gabbidon on the follow up was just out of reach of the forward.

Rodney fizzed an effort over the bar on ten minutes, having capitalised on more miscommunications in the Camberley backline but that was about it as far as entertainment went at either end of the pitch in the opening 25 minutes.

SCR should have taken the lead on 27 minutes, when a threaded ball by wide found Matt Ferdinando and his fierce goalbound strike was somehow turned over the bar by the Camberley backline.

Back at the other end, and a mistake by Rory Lewis let in Adam Liddle but his shot was superbly turned onto the post by Bradshaw, and the visitors were starting to get on top.

Five minutes before the break and Camberley could/should have taken the lead, a deep cross by Josh Wood found Phil Moore but his volley, under pressure from James Taylor, went high over the bar. At the other end and Ferdinando played in a dangerous cross which Lunn did well to defend, Rodney's follow up was blocked by Lunn and as the ball burst free White went down on the edge of the area following a collision with Mark Jordan, and with SCR baying for a spot kick, the free kick was awarded to Camberley.

Lewis then did just enough to stop Marcus Cousins from getting a shot away and half time came with the game scoreless.

Camberley took the lead early in the second half, when neat interplay on the edge of the SCR area set Josh Wood free, and as Bradshaw came out he slid the ball beyond the keeper to give Camberley the lead.

Camberley continued to hold the ascendancy, and were pinning us in our area courtesy of the long Ellis throws, and it was as a result of one of these that they increased their lead on the hour. We defended three throws fairly successfully, but the final one went out for a corner. From the delivery White was adjudged to have pulled down a Camberley player and subsequently booked for his protests. From the spot kick Cousins struck as good a penalty as you will see, giving Bradshaw no chance, and making it 2-0.

We made a double change on 70 minutes, with Rodney and White replaced by Matt Auletta and Jay Jones, as we looked to find a way back into the game. Gabbidon should have reduced the arrears on 73 minutes when a tremendous ball by Lewis picked him out in the area, but a poor first touch saw the ball trickle harmlessly back to Lunn.

Salmon made his final change with 15 minutes remaining, introducing Liam Holden in place of Gabbidon. Holden almost made an impact early on, when he held off Ellis, found Auletta and his cross was inches out of the reach of Jones.

Camberley sealed the win in 83 minutes when Tanton was unable to get a header back to Bradshaw allowing Wood to nip in and roll home the loose ball, giving the visitors all three points.

There was still time for SCR to score the goal of the game, when Holden crashed one home from 20 yards, but it was too little too late, and you have to say Camberley were fully deserving of all three points and we went slipped to our third opening day defeat in a row.

Key moments

Goal Liam Holden scores for Sutton Common Rovers


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91:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Holden scores for Sutton Common Rovers
84:00 Yellow Card
Matt Ferdinando is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
76:00 Sub Off
Francois Gabbidon is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
76:00 Sub On
Liam Holden is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub On
Jay Jones is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub On
Matt Auletta is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub Off
Marlon Rodney is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub Off
Andrew White is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
60:00 Yellow Card
Andrew White is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • Camberley Town
  • 0
  • Andrew White Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Jay Jones Sub On 70:00'
  • Matt Auletta Sub On 70:00'
  • Marlon Rodney Sub Off 70:00'
  • Andrew White Sub Off 70:00'
  • Liam Holden Sub On 76:00'
  • Francois Gabbidon Sub Off 76:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Liam Holden Goal 91:00'

Team selection

Bradshaw, Craig Bradshaw, Craig
Lewis, Rory Lewis, Rory
Tanton, Matt Tanton, Matt
Ferdinando, Matt Ferdinando, Matt
Taylor, James Taylor, James
Hastings, Craig Hastings, Craig
White, Andrew White, Andrew
Nelson, Craig Nelson, Craig
Farrell, Matt Farrell, Matt
Gabbidon, Francois Gabbidon, Francois
Rodney, Marlon Rodney, Marlon

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Westfield 42 106
2. Bedfont Sports 42 93
3. Sutton Common Rovers 42 87
4. Walton & Hersham 42 84
5. Balham 42 75
6. Redhill 42 65
7. Camberley Town 42 65

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