In a season of disappointment, Sutton Coldfield Town suffered arguably their most sickening defeat to date when, having made it 2-2, in the 92nd minute, The Royals displayed poor game management to concede and lose 3-2 with almost the last kick of the game. The results leaves Sutton firmly rooted to the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Stafford made an immediate impact scoring after just 13 seconds. Left-back Keiren Westwood whose long ball was headed downwards into the path of the onrushing Westwood who unleashed a dipping volley that the keeper had no chance with.
Rangers continued to dominate and a couple of headers from Richard Batchelor almost extended their advantage.
In the 17th minute, Sutton levelled as Gurjit Singh’s innocuous through ball found Lee Knight who passed for Danny O’Callaghan to score a header off the underside of the bar.
Singh almost gave Sutton the lead but his 30-yard effort went just wide.
HT: Sutton 1-1 Stafford
The visitors went ahead three minutes after the resumption: Keiran Morris heading home Izak Reid’s free-kick.
A few more chances followed, including Nicky Draper denying Izak Reid, but Sutton levelled in stoppage time when Singh bundled in after Stafford goalkeeper Brad Caswell failed to handle the initial Sutton shot. It seemed like The Royals had taken a much needed point but there was one more twist in the tale.
With Sutton failing to maintain their tactical discipline, Keiren Westwood created a bit of space to curl one past Draper. The scenes that followed were as boisterous as any seen this season at Coles Lane. Sutton have endured many types of loss this season, but on a cold Tuesday November evening, this was as bitter pill to take.