Thursday, 18 November 2010

Sutton United blog: Darius saves the day, AFC Wimbledon breathe easy and Basiru Susso's big night out

I knew I had done the right thing by signing up to Twitter. Amid the drama of Tuesday night's FA Cup replays I received a tweet from Camberley Town which told me I could rest assured safe in the knowledge their reserves had triumphed 3-2 over Cove in the Suburban League Northern Division. Marvellous.

Any rate, now I'm fully rested, on to Tuesday night's action...

When former Sutton United man Darius Charles scored in the fifth minute of injury time for Stevenage against Milton Keynes last night, football fans across the land breathed a huge sigh of relief.

The goal set up a tense period of extra time as the side's slugged it out in an FA Cup First Round replay which then went to penalties. Thankfully, Stevenage and football, prevailed when Mathias Doumbe blazed his spot-kick over, meaning Stevenage went through 7-6 on penalties.

Like many observers of the game, I was all set to write about my concerns of the potential meeting between Wimbledon and the Milton Keynes franchise should both sides make it through to the Second Round of the Cup. I'm pleased to say I can bin that script now, however, it can't have been an easy couple of weeks for fans of the Dons.

Darius: His late, late goal at Milton Keynes changed the course of history

Not only have they had to put up with three away trips on the bounce - Altrincham, Barrow and Ebbsfleet - but they've had to endure the media hype which began as soon as the draw for the Second Round paired their club with the very people who were happy to rip the old incarnation of it out of their grasp.

For many, once the gasps had died down after the draw had been made, old wounds soon reopened and the realisation of the potential consequences for Wimbledon supporters set in. It is still too soon after the events of 2002/03 for some fans to consider playing Milton Keynes, and who can blame them.

I doubt there will ever be a right time for the clubs to meet, but thanks to the timely intervention of Darius,Wimbledon fans have been spared a few more sleepless nights and can now concentrate on the important business of trying to beat Ebbsfleet tonight night infront of the ESPN cameras.

Charles wasn't the only former Sutton player making an impact in Tuesday night's Cup matches. Elvis Hammond was man of the match as Woking gave League One leaders Brighton and Hove Albion a good run for their money in a match which was also screened live on ESPN. Soloman Taiwo was on target for Dagenham and Redbridge in their 3-2 defeat at Leyton Orient. Meanwhile, Brentford went out to 1-0 at Aldershot, meaning Andy Scott's interest in this year's competition came to an end.

It's a quiet week at Gander Green Lane. Aside from Basiru Susso's Q&A evening on last night, the next big event is our FA Trophy encounter with Billericay Town on Saturday. Photo's of Bas's big night were quickly doing the rounds on Twitter.

One interesting result from the Ryman Premier League came last night at the Keith Tuckey Stadium where Croydon Athletic conquered our conquerors Margate 5-3. The conquest took place in front of 103 hardy folk who chose to give England v France the thumbs down, not that that was a difficult decision to make.

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