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Sutton preview - We take a closer look at The U's

16 December 2021

Match Previews

Sutton preview - We take a closer look at The U's

16 December 2021



We're back on the road this weekend hoping to continue our positive run of results away from the EnviroVent Stadium.


Our opponents are Sutton United and whilst we've met previously in the National League, it will be the first time the two of us have clashed as EFL clubs.

Our opponents

After surprising many last season en-route to the National League title, Sutton have again made people sit up and take notice as they have had a stellar start to life in League Two.

United currently sit in sixth-place on 33 points, four places and three points ahead of Town and look well set to be in the mix for the playoff positions as we head towards 2022.

After drawing twice in their opening three fixtures, Sutton have since shared the spoils just once in the following 18 fixtures, winning 10 in the process.

At Gander Green Lane they've taken 18 points from the 27 available to them.

Previous encounters

Sutton were the visitors for Town's first ever National League fixture with Jamie Collins equalising late on after Jack Muldoon and Kelvin Langmead looked to have earned the points.

In the return fixture in the 2018/19 season, Harry Beautyman netted eight minutes from time to earn the home side a 2-1 win.

In 2019/20, Town's promotion season, honours were even. Goals from George Thomson and a late Muldoon penalty sealed a 2-0 win on home turf at the end of September before two late goals from Tommy Wright proved to be the difference at Gander Green Lane in a 3-1 victory.

Ones to watch

Midfielder David Ajiboye leads the scoring charts having netted six times this season, also tallying two assists.
Young forward Isaac Olaofe, on loan from Millwall, has four goals in just seven starts whilst Robert Milsom is a strong presence in midfield and has three goals and four assists.

Joe Kizzi, a summer recruit from Bromley, has settled in well to the backline, while Town fans will also recall both Harry Beautyman and Enzio Boldewijn from their National League days.

The man in charge

Matt Gray is in the dugout for Saturday's opponents, as he was when the two sides last met.
Gray was forced to quit the game in his mid-twenties due to injury after stints at Barnet, Hayes and Havant & Waterlooville. He then went into coaching at Eastleigh before taking positions at Aldershot and Crawley.

Gray then joined Paul Doswell's coaching staff at Sutton before taking over the manager's position for the 2019/20 season, earning promotion and the manager of the year accolade a season later.

History

The club were long time members of the Athenian and Isthmian Leagues before earning promotion to the Conference in 1989. They fell back into the Isthmian League in 1991, where they remained until being elected to the newly-formed Conference South in 2004.

They suffered a further relegation in 2008 before bouncing back in 2010/11, enduring a couple of near missed in the playoffs before winning the title in 2015/16.

In the National League the club reached the playoffs in 2018, being defeated at the semi-final stage, before earning a historic promotion a season ago.

Before promotion to the Football League the club was most notable for its FA Cup exploits, having defeated recent-winners Coventry in 1988/89 in round three and then reached the fifth round in 2016/17, beating Leeds United before being knocked out by Arsenal.

Team news

Rory McArdle is edging closer to contention bud Will Smith remains on the sidelines alongside Aaron Martin. Last weekend saw Ryan Fallowfield make his return from injury, with the full back set to be involved again at Gander Green Lane.

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