Ok, let’s get this FA Cup nonsense out of the way. After this shocker, I felt I just had to jot something down as another giantkilling took place at Gander Green Lane.
I am not entirely sure what caused me to have a funny feeling about today’s game with Alton, perhaps it had something to do with the Cup’s arrival in Sutton this week as the ESPN bandwagon rolled into town, but I just felt we might struggle. Want to know what I'm on about? Well, check the article out at http://www.threalfacup.co.uk/
And so it was, the giantkillers received a lethal dose of their own medicine as Alton, from the Sydenhams Wessex League, dumped us out of this year’s competition at the first hurdle and sent Sutton fans scurrying off to pubs across the borough as they bid to drink memories of this catastrophe away.
By all accounts, the only player wearing amber and brown who came out of this with anything vaguely resembling credit was the BWG. No, not that much-loved fictional character conjured up by Roald Dahl, but Bradley Woods-Garness who is rapidly becoming Sutton’s Mr Reliable, and he found the target again today. The rest of them simply weren’t at the races, with Richard Jolly being guilty of missing several gilt-edged chances.
I was at Yeading in 1986 when, as a GM Vauxhall Conference Club, we were trounced by the then of the London Spartan League side. That was truly awful, and our lame departure from this year’s competition has got to be up there with that.
Alton’s victory means they also claim the £3,000 prize money, which would have come in handy for us and no doubt will be for them. The players have to accept responsibility for this defeat and the loss of income a few victories in the Cup can generate, so...come on boys, give us the league title and us understanding Sutton folk will overlook this depressing matter. Shame we got Alton, instead of Croydon Athletic...
The week had started so well with a fine victory at potential title rivals Hastings. I had been wondering how we’d react when we conceded our first goal of the season, and the answer was not very good, actually.
Goals from Tom Davis, Mr Jolly Esquire and the BWG meant Sutton were coasting at 3-0 with twenty minutes to go when Hastings pulled a goal back. Another one soon followed and then, in the last minute, a third one, but thankfully that was ruled out for offside meaning we came away with a 3-2 victory. The lads really rolled-up their sleeves on their trip to the Sussex coast, so Paul Doswell gave them a night off training on Thursday.
With the defeat against Alton set to hurt like hell for a while yet, it’s just as well we don’t have a game for ten days. The break will provide the ideal chance for some of our key players, such as Craig Dundas, Kennedy Adeji and Simon Downer, to recover from injury.
So that’s it for now. Well done to Alton. I will raise a glass of Hoegaarden tonight and wish them well, while trying to drown my sorrows.