Sutton Common Rovers U21 1-2 Three Bridges U21
First and last pre-season for the U21s gives them a good win
A good, hard fought game between two sides that showed a lot of promise.
Preparations were not the best as congestion on the M23/M25 and finding the venue got the better of us. This meant a number of the team arriving 15 minutes before kick-off which didn’t help. The referee and opposition were fair to give us an additional 15 minutes to warm up.
Despite our late arrival and lack of preparation the lads started well and matched the fast tempo set by Sutton.
Bradley Peters and Kyne Newman-Knott, as a central partnership, gave balance and assurance for the players ahead of them to play. We matched them in midfield with Nathan Simpson (first team player who was keeping match fit following a long suspension) marshalling the midfield to contain Sutton’s creativity from the middle of the park. Our midfield dominance allowed us to dominate down the sides. We were a threat with our speedy wingers of Jamarie and Trey and Nathan linking off them very well. Our positive game just lacked the finishing product to give us the lead.
0-0 half time
Second half changes saw Antwon McKenzie come on in midfield, Tom Allen in goal, Brandon Green at right back.
Sutton started strong and made the midfield more of dog battle. However, the class and strength of Ashley Mutongerwa was showing as he started to dominate the midfield and dictate more of the play. Sutton were in the game no doubt and arguably against the run of play they scored in the 62nd minute to make it 1-0.
Further changes were made as the front three were replaced by Mason Doughty, Lewis Croal and Dylan Togba.
Eager to impress as they were, they heaped pressure on Sutton’s back line. On the 68th minute Mason Doughtyscored to equalise. Young Harry Watts came on in midfield for the last 15 minutes in place of Mutongerwa.
The game endured a tense nervy finish as both teams pushed for the winner. Mason Doughty managed to grab the winner on the 82nd minute and the team managed to hold out for the result despite heavy pressure from Sutton.
A great result and good performance all round.
Report by Richard Midadje (Manager)