Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Sutton United blog: One Richard Jolly, two Naked Ladies and three points against Carshalton Athletic

Cavorting with Naked Ladies can be a wonderful experience and many of us enjoyed a feeling of relief yesterday afternoon when supping that tasty ale and raising our glasses to Sutton United's 2-0 victory over Carshalton Athletic.

Ok, that might be a bit OTT, but you get the general idea...

Of course, as Sutton's players, management and fans celebrated three more precious points the Robins took consolation that their hard work in getting the game on in the first place was rewarded with a four-figure crowd and decent takings at the bar.

Tis certainly the season to be Richard Jolly. The Sutton striker may not have scored against his old club yesterday, but his constant running, chasing and harrying - which have been a feature of his game all season - went a long way to helping the Us to this success.

Jolly knew he would get plenty of stick from the Robins' fans on his return to Colston Avenue and so it proved.  But, he had the last laugh as headers from Andy Forbes and Bradley Woods-Garness saw the Us open up a six point gap at the top of the Ryman Premier League.

Carshalton were left to rue missing some great chances. Kevin Scriven found himself in a one-on-one with, no...not a naked lady, but a fully clothed Paul Johnson in the opening few minutes. Thankfully the Sutton keeper made a fine stop to atone for his own unusual mistake in kicking the ball straight to the Carshalton man.

The pitch was bobbly which made stringing more than two passes together very difficult and as a result this was hardly a classic derby. Despite giving the Robins a few more chances at goal the Us kept a cleen sheet thanks to a mixture of some dogged defending and wayward shooting from the hosts.

The Us may have earned a penalty late in the game when Craig Dundas appeared to have his heels clipped by Carshalton keeper Craig Ross. However, the Sutton man's melodramatic dive was so impressive that the referee made a note of his name just in case he becomes a famous stuntman.

If you haven't seen it yet then check out this view of the afternoon from theballisround.

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Any rate, with most other matches called off due to the weather, yesterday's big derby proved irresistable to managers of other sides. According to Twitter Graham Westley (Stevenage), Alan Dowson (Kingstonian) and Steve King (Farnborough) were there. I spotted Dave Garland (Croydon Athletic) as well as my old West Sutton Little League boss whose stare at me reminded me of the time I missed a penalty against Viron Aces in 1983.

Our attentions now turn to those Terrors from Tooting and Mitcham who come to Sutton on Saturday.

No, I am not talking about a bunch of marauding chavs intent on ripping the High Street to pieces (although it would probably be an improvement the eyesore Sutton Council has left us with), but those black and white-clad boys from Imperial Fields who visit Gander Green Lane on January 1st.

Mark Beard's side have been struggling this term but had an excellent result today against Kingstonian drawing 1-1. We, however, need to kick on from our good work this season and start 2011 as we ended 2010, with three points.

Well done to Paul Doswell and the boys. Keep it going...

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