Stevenage (Sweeney 28, Norris 48.70) 3 Sutton United 0
Sutton endured a difficult evening at Stevenage, being beaten convincingly by a home side and winning six out of six at home in the second tier. Jon Barden, who started the game in midfield in place of Harry Beautyman, lost with a broken leg near the end of the game.
After the unclean first half-hours, during which neither side had seemed a chance and the only notable incident had been a caution to Craig Eastmond for a foul that stopped a fast Stevenage attack, the home side went on in a somewhat soft manner Alex Gilbey’s free-kick was headed in by Dan Sweeney from the edge of the box and the ball bounced through a crowd and landed in the corner of the net. Sutton threatened for the first time five minutes later when Enzio Boldewijn’s low cross fell to Craig Eastmond, whose shot from the edge of the box was narrowly deflected by Omar Bugiel, and Bugiel, Eastmond and Joe Kizzi all tried their luck from distance but lacked precision.
Any hope that Sutton’s brilliant finish at half-time could bring a better fate was quickly dashed after just two minutes of the second half when Jordan Roberts crossed high into the box and, although Danny Rose’s header down was well saved by Lewis Ward, was Luke Norris ready to bury the rebound. With twenty minutes left, Norris had another when Stevenage quickly broke down the right after Josh Neufville was disowned and Danny Rose lined up a pass to Norris, who sent his shot past Ward into the far corner.
Barden’s injury came after a midfield collision as U tried to stop another fast counter-attack from Stevenage and resulted in a lengthy stoppage before he was carried off the stretcher and taken to hospital in apparent distress, and ended 15 minutes extra time neither side particularly needed as Stevenage clinched a comfortable win.
Full report follows.
Sutton: L Ward, J Barden (sub A Lovatt 90), R Milsom, C Rowe, J Kizzi, L John, E Boldewijn (sub L Gambin 76), C Kendall (sub K Kouassi 75), O Bugiel (sub K Thomas 80 ), C. Eastmond, J. Neufville. Subs n/u B House, H Beautyman, A Pierre. Booked: Eastmond, Milsom, Barden, John, Thomas
Stevenage: T Ashby-Hammond, L James-Wildin (Sub K Smith 90+13), S Earley, T Vancooten, C Piergianni, D Sweeney, A Gilbey (Sub A Read 90+13) M. Bostwick (sub. J. Reeves 90+). 12), L Norris (sub J Reid 76), D Rose, J Roberts (sub J Taylor 90+13). Subs n/u A Chapman, M Clark. Booked: Sweeney, Gilbey
Referee: Ollie Yates
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