Match Report - Sutton United (Away - F.A. Cup 1st Round Proper)
By David Hamlet
A great result for the management team in their 300th game in charge
The replay is scheduled to take place at Arbour Park on Tuesday 20th November - kick-off 19h45.
Rebels will enter the draw for the 2nd Round Proper that will take place on BBC2 on Monday 12th November at 19h00
They will be draw number 32
Sutton United: Jamies Butler (GK/yellow), Charlie Clough, Dale Bennett (Nicky Bailey 45+1), Jamie Collins (C), Aswad Thomas, Kieron Cadogan, Craig Eastmond (yellow), Tom Bolarinwa, Kenny Davis, Aaron Drinan (Wayne Brown, 64m), Jonah Ayunga (Dean Beckwith, 64m)
Slough Town: Jack Turner (GK), Lee Togwell, Josh Jackman, George Wells, Mark Nisbet (C), Sam Togwell, James (Simon Dunn, 89m), Scott Davies, Warren Harris, Matty Stevens, Ben Harris (yellow, Manny Williams, 66m))
Shots: Sutton United 12; Slough Town 12: Shots on Target: Sutton United 4; Slough Town 4: Shot Accuracy: Sutton United 33.3%; Slough Town 57.1%
STFC Match Report by Will Tuck
Slough Town and Sutton United remain in the hat for the Emirates FA Cup Second Round with another chance of drawing one of the “big boys” – though the Rebels will feel aggrieved over the decision not to award a penalty for a foul on Matty Stevens with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Both teams play on a 3G pitch at home and enjoy a slick surface, but the torrential rain made conditions tricky and neither side could get into the passing rhythm they would have wanted.
The first chance of the match fell to Sutton as Charlie Clough rose highest at a free kick with his header falling to skipper Jamie Collins, but his effort was easily saved by Jack Turner who will have been happy to get an early save to boost his confidence.
Slough then had a few corners but James Dobson was unable to pick out a blue Slough shirt and Jamie Butler was able to claim the ball for Sutton.
As the clouds darkened and threatened the downpour which would soon follow, Kieron Cadogan got in behind the Slough defence but couldn’t get his shot on target. A few moments later Cadogan was involved again but his cross was wild and flew well over the goal and out of play.
With 24 minutes gone, Slough had one of their best chances to take the lead as Warren Harris fired in a stinging shot from the edge of the box which Butler could only parry, and the ball sat up kindly for Ben Harris to strike but he could only hit his shot into the ground before the ball bounced over the goal.
The rain started to fall heavily and the action slowed as players struggled to control the slippery ball. Sutton would however manage to create a few half chances, but each time the final shot cleared Turner’s crossbar.
On 36 minutes Slough thought they were through on goal as Ben Harris had beaten the last defender but referee Sam Purkiss called play back. Harris had clearly handled the ball in the build up which the referee had spotted and he showed the Slough striker a yellow card - very quickly followed by another caution for Butler for dissent, ruling him out of the replay through suspension.
Half time arrived with the game goalless, but not before Sutton were forced into a change as Dale Bennett fell awkwardly on his back. He was replaced by the experienced Nicky Bailey.
The second half started with a chance for Sutton as Jonah Ayunga was played through but his shot was well saved by Jack Turner.
In a frantic start to the half, Turner made a save and then quickly released Dobson on a counter attack. Dobson’s early cross from the left found Ben Harris, who tried to place a first-time volley into the bottom corner, only to see his effort saved by Butler.
Slough were now starting to get on top of what had been a very even match. Dobson drove forward again and saw his shot deflected just wide of the post with Butler scrambling across his goal. Shortly after, George Wells stormed through the middle of the pitch as the defence split, but he also saw his shot deflected wide. On another occasion, Wells whipped in an excellent delivery but Butler came out well and punched the ball clear just in front of Stevens.
With the hosts not having much luck in front of goal, they made their final two changes, taking off Ayunga and Aaron Drinan and bringing on Dean Beckwith and Wayne Brown. Sutton also made a tactical change, moving centre back Clough into attack.
Slough, meanwhile, introduced Manny Williams in place of Ben Harris. Sutton’s changes didn’t seem to affect the flow of the game, nor the Rebels’ dominance – and on 74 minutes Slough were denied their best chance of winning the match.
Dobson once again played in a dangerous cross which Butler spilled. The keeper then pushed Warren Harris’ follow-up shot into the air, and as Stevens moved into position to nod the ball into an empty net, Beckwith grappled him to the ground. Referee Purkiss had a clear view of the incident but decided against awarding the penalty, to the surprise of both sides.
Late on, Sutton went close to snatching the game when Clough showed good control to push the ball past Mark Nisbet before firing in a low shot which Turner pushed around the post.
Clough later sent a header wide from a corner, and deep into stoppage time, Slough won a late corner of their own, but Scott Davies’ delivery was too long and both sides will now be looking out for ball number 32 in Monday evening’s draw