With a script as bizarre as an episode of Batman, there was plenty of KAPOOOOW!, ZONK! and WHAP! at Waterside Stadium as Sutton United tasted cup defeat for the second time this season, on this occasion at the hands of Walton Casuals.
Crikey, Sutton haven’t been this naughty since Francis Awaritefe clocked Andy Pape against Enfield in the late eighties.
The Us had three players sent off on Monday night, not to mention the fact our goalie had to go off late in extra time, meaning we finished the game with seven, yes, SEVEN men. If you include Paul Doswell’s dismisal at Lowestoft last Saturday then the Us have had five men sent off in their last two matches. Ok lads, that’s enough red cards for now, lets try and be as prolific infront of goal for the next few matches.
Of course, the side put out by team manager for the night, Steve Griffin, was something of a second rate Us line-up. Andre Costa, Chris Beard and Jazz Gold were the offenders. Jazz Gold, now there's a name. It sounds more befitting to a quiet night in drinking whiskey, listening to a compliation CD or a night out at Ronnie Scott's, not an bruising football match.
However, judging by the reaction of the Sutton supporters who bravely attended the Monday night madness then the decision making from the referee left a lot to be desired.
Anyhow, we’re out of the Cup, and that’s what matters. I shan’t be sheading any tears of this one. I got my wish, that the Us are out of the Championshp Manager ZX Spectrum Commodore 64 Trophy for meerkats aged 11 and under, so now we can concentrate on the only other competition, aside from the league, still worth playing for this season, the FA Trophy.
I’ve been lucky enough to see Sutton play at Wembley but the memories of that day back in 1981 are vanishing fast.I live in hope I will one day see the boys in amber and brown march out at that famous old venue once again, however, for the time being at least I will be happy with a decent run in the competition. Afterall, we need it following our disasterous FA Cup foray this year.
On to other news and the short-lived reign of the King at Sutton is over. Yes, it appears that Elvis Hammond has left for pastures new. Woking, to be exact. The exchange deal with the Cards sees former Eastleigh hot-shot Andy Forbes come to Gander Green Lane.
Doswell has been a long-term admirer of Forbes since their days together at Eastleigh, so it should come as no surprise to Sutton fans that, for the next three months at least, Forbes will be hoping to bang in the goals in our colours.
Whoever turns out in Sutton United's colours tomorrow, we could do with a result. It'd be nice to have that Wembley dream for a few more rounds...
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