And what great times they are.You've got to hand it to Sutton Council. They may have screwed up by spending thousands upon thousands of pounds of tax payers' money on an astonishingly soulless revamp of the High Street, but credit where credit's due, no expense was spared when they hired none other than Father Christmas himself to turn on this year's Christmas lights. So, next time you're walking down the High Street wondering what the hell those wooden animals are all about don't forget to look up and admire the big man's handywork. He's very busy at this time of year don't you know.
In demand: Father Christmas looked a little ropey after having a few beers in O'Neills to settle his nerves ahead of the big switch-on.
Keep it to yourself, but I was dragged against my will to the cinema on Wednesday night where I spent two and a half hours watching young wizards waving their wands. Ok, I know...too much information.
Any rate, while I was watching Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger in action, 89 hardy muggles were under the spell of Croydon Athletic versus Aveley in the Ryman Premier League.
Croydon's troubles have been well documented but Wednesday night's game gave the Rams the chance to earn a much-needed point or three. Dave Garland is just the type of guy you want when you're up against it, whether you're doing battle with Voldemort or relegation. It's just a shame for Rams that so few decided to cheer them on and then, at the final whistle, the Essex boys sped off in their zooped up Ford Fiestas with the booty.
Voldemort: Croydon Athletic boss Dave Garland has a tough job fighting the forces of evil.
There are a few reason as to why the crowd was poor at the Keith Tuckey Stadium on Wednesday, let's take a look. Bear in mind, these are in no particular order:
1) It was cold.
2) It was cold.
3) Rangers v Manchester United was on tele.
3) It was cold.
The Rams visit Gander Green Lane next Tuesday night, weather permitting, so I'll return to their plight over the next few days. Now on to Sutton United matters...
It's been a good week for Paul Doswell's men. Last Saturday's 4-2 victory over Billericay Town came courtesy of a Andy Forbes hat-trick and the obligatory goal from Bradley Woods-Garness.
Now, Eastleigh v Eastleigh Old Boys is the kind of fixture you would expect to find in the Amateur Football Comination alongside Old Suttonians v Old Meadonians, but thanks to Saturday's endeavours Doswell, Forbes, Karl Murray, Wayne Shaw and Karim El-Salahi will pay a timely visit to their old club on December 11.
To score a hat-rick and walk off the field triumphant must have been a great feeling for Forbes who is fast becoming a firm favourite with the Sutton faithful. However, you have to feel sorry for Dan Trenkel of Great Wakering Rovers who scored ALL FIVE of his side's goals in their home game against Potters Bar Town last Saturday in a Ryman League North game but still ended up on the losing side as the visitors scored six in reply.
I think Mickey Joyce had the right idea. To avoid such a fate happening to him he scored another four for Sutton against Leatherhead in 1982, just to make sure he ended up on the winning side.
I thought Harrow Borough looked a decent side when they came to Gander Green Lane earlier in the season and I'm a bit surprised to see them struggling. The fact Sutton were left clinging on against nine men at the final whistle was a bit of a concern. It's easy to look at Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Earlsmead as two points dropped but this season the Ryman Premier League is shaping up to be a tight affair at both ends of the table.
Wealdstone visit the Lane this weekend, so long as the pitch isn't as hard as nails. The Stones are on a high after their 3-2 win at Carshalton on Tuesday. I seem to say this a lot, but if we're to push on in our quest for promotion then these are the kind of games we need to win. Wealdstone have been inconsistent at best so I'd like to think we have enough ammunition to earn the points and send them packing back to north London in their Ford Cortinas.
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