We travelled to table toppers Calne Town on a very hot August afternoon expecting a tough game, Calne having played 4 and won 3.
Regular keeper Chris Manns was unavailable, attending to family business in Poland and was replaced by 17 year old Liam Jacques. New signing Daniel Reading slotted in at right back with the usual central defensive pairing of Kai Long and captain Adam Crooks and Reece John at left back; Sam Downes, new signing Frankie Carr, Kalum Withey and Adam Mahdi with Kyle Box and Frank Gingell up front.
On the bench were Oakley Rawlings, Dave English, Liam Peart, Sam Roberts and Danny Carr.
We started very well, playing some good football and taking the game to Calne. On ten minutes, good work by Box and his cross from the left found Gingell whose header hit the left post with the keeper beaten. On thirty minutes Box had the ball in the net but ruled offside.
Disaster struck five minutes before half time, the referee judged that a Withey tackle was over exuberant and merited a red card, most observers thought that a yellow would have more appropriate for our other 17 year old.
Half Time Calne Town 0 Bishop Sutton 0
Calne opened the scoring five minutes into the half, a quick attack down the right hand side and cross was met by an accurate first time volley.
We made the first change on 68 minutes, the sleep deprived Box (who became a father on Monday night) replaced by Rawlings. Calne’s second came in the 80th minute, a Jacques clearance found a Calne forward whose blockbuster shot from fully 30 yards flew in to the left corner.
We played the second sub 5 minutes from time, English replacing Mahdi.
Full Time Calne Town 2 Bishop Sutton 0
We had the better of the first half, playing some decent football, belying the difference in league positions, and posing the question of how close the game would have been if we had all 11 players on the pitch for the second half.
We travel 102 miles to Ivybridge next Saturday the 31st in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.