Saturday, 8 December 2012

Sutton United blog: Sam's goals pay the Rents

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Crikey, what an eventful week it’s been. I’m not sure where to start.

Let's see, we had the much-anticipated FA Cup meeting between Milton Keynes and Wimbledon, there were shocks aplenty in the Surrey Senior Cup and my beloved Amber and Chocolates have managed to string two competitive wins together for the first time since early March.

Hold on to your hats for a whirlwind round-up of these three crucial elements from the game we all love...

In what was the most over-hyped FA Cup Second Round clash ever, Wimbledon took on Franchise FC at Stadium MK.

Sadly, the Vulture Club beat the Crazy Gang 2-1 thanks to an injury time fluke and football fans around the globe over let out a collective sigh of disappointment - well, those with soul did anyway.

Like many supporters, I was gutted for the Dons. They put in a performance to be proud of in a match which was beamed live to the nation on ITV. For those of us who had to follow the events on Twitter, the match was just as nail-biting and Tweets from far and wide entertaining.

I was glad to see Jack Midson's goal for the Dons sparked a pitch invasion.

It reminded me of the time they came to Gander Green Lane in 2005 and dumped us out of the Surrey Senior Cup at the semi-final stage. Their fans were so delirious with joy they ran on to the pitch in celebration at the final whistle. My, how times have changed.

The importance of that game was such that we even had to hire an extra two - yes TWO - burger vans.

The climax to the Cup clash at Stadium MK was exciting. Wimbledon could have claimed a famous victory themselves but Steven Gregory failed to convert a one-on-one chance seconds before his side conceded that gut-wrenching goal from Jon Otsemobor.

The result shows just how cruel the Cup can be - dashing dreams as well as harbouring them. Now the Dons need to roll up their sleeves and concentrate on maintaining their hard-earned League status under the stewardship of their new boss Neal Ardley.

Any rate, let's move on to clubs who did actually cause a cup upset...

Hats off to Lingfield, Corinthian Casuals and Dorking Wanderers who swept aside Tooting and Mitcham, Kingstonian and Walton and Hersham respectively in the second round of the Surrey Senior Cup.

Lingfield and Dorking deserve particular praise for beating two towns in one match. That's can't have been easy.

Commiserations to Badshot Lea, who lived up to their name and slipped out of the competition 2-0 having made a mountain out of Molesey.

Sutton prepare to take their bow in this season’s competition on Tuesday night when Whyteleafe visit the hostile surrounds of Stadio Gander Green Lane.

By hostile I mean it'll be flippin' freezing and it'll take a brave soul to swap a nice comfortable armchair and the delights of Great Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo to go to that one.

This week, Portillo enjoys a trip from Edinburgh to Kircaldy. I don't think the Sutton to West Sutton line is on his radar, but if it's on yours then you're a braver man than me.
Much has happened since Sutton actually managed to string two successive wins together.

We've had the European Championships, the Olympics, a guy jumping to earth from the edge of space, Glasgow Rangers being demoted to the Scottish equivalent of the Combined Counties League and the turmoil at Truro City has knocked Coronation Street of its perch as Britain's longest running soap opera.

Similarly, Carshalton Pathetic have been nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at this year’s British Soap Opera Awards.

Last Saturday the Amber and Chocolates earned a much-needed league win by crushing Staines 4-1 in their own back yard.

I followed the match from the cosy confines of a lovely little pub.

I was glued to Twitter as Tommy Kavanagh, Craig Dundas and super Sammy Rents (2) did the damage.

The boys followed it up on Tuesday night with a 1-0 triumph at Maidenhead to keep our FA Trophy dreams alive. Thank crikey.

Jinking jester Harry Ottoway was Sutton’s floppy-haired hero and his strike caused celebrations the like of which have never before been witnessed in my kitchen. My regulation bedtime cup of cocoa has rarely tasted so good.

Today is match day and the Amber and Chocolates take on Dorchester who find themselves slap-bang in the middle of the Blue Square South table.

The Magpies were recently been dumped out of the FA Cup and Trophy by Luton Town, so it will be nice if we can compound their misery with our third win on the road in a week.

If any of the lads are reading this heading to Dorset in their zooped-up Ford Cortinas or Fiat Pandas then let me leave you with this little ray of positivity...