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U23's - Match centre

Sutton Common Rovers
AFC Croydon Athletic
M Pinder (11'), P Page (63', 85')
Full time
Tue 4 Dec 19:45 - League

23s on the brink

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The 23's took a giant step towards securing the John Bennett Development Division title, when they eked out a hard-fought 3-2 win over AFC Croydon Athletic on Tuesday night.

Tyler Chambers drafted in a couple of experienced heads, in the shape of Craig Bradshaw, Aaron Bogle and Phil Page, whilst there was also game time for 21 year old first team striker Marlon Pinder. As it turned out, AFC Croydon had numerous older heads themselves, and it made for a tough game.

AFC took the lead on only five minutes, when former Rovers man Reece Payton was on hand to put the visitors ahead, but the lead did not last long as on 11 minutes, a ball towards Page squirmed through legs onto Pinder and he fired home from seven yards.

Bradshaw was forced into several good saves during the half, whilst at the other end Page and Pinder continued to cause problems for the AFC backline, but half time came with the scores level.

We took the lead for the first time on the hour, when AFC were caught over-playing at the back, and the keeper ended up slicing the ball to Page, and he did what he does to put us 2-1 up.

The lead lasted barely a minute, from kick off the ball found its way to Bradshaw, he looked to set up play giving the ball to Bogle, but his no-look return pass only found the forward who tapped into an empty net.

We made several changes replacing Alfie Carney with Sam Brown, and Marlon Pinder with Sam Blake as we looked to tweak things. We were rewarded five minutes from time when Blake flicked on a cross, Seagroatt lifted the loose ball over the advancing keeper and Page volleyed into an empty net.

Josh Parratt

Player of the Match

Josh Parratt

Key moments

11:00
Goal Marlon Pinder scores for Sutton Common Rovers
63:00
Goal Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
84:30
Goal Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Josh Parratt is awarded player of the match for Sutton Common Rovers
85:00 Sub Off
Phil Page is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
85:00 Sub On
Jamie Brown is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
84:30 Goal 3 - 0
Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
77:00 Sub On
Sam Blake is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
77:00 Sub Off
Marlon Pinder is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
72:00 Yellow Card
Josh Parratt is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub On
Sam Brown is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
70:00 Sub Off
Alfie Carney is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
63:00 Goal 2 - 0
Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
32:00 Yellow Card
Dan Stone is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Marlon Pinder scores for Sutton Common Rovers
11:00 Assist
Phil Page makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • AFC Croydon Athletic
  • 0
  • Marlon Pinder Goal 11:00'
  • Phil Page Assist 11:00'
  • Dan Stone Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Phil Page Goal 63:00'
  • Sam Brown Sub On 70:00'
  • Alfie Carney Sub Off 70:00'
  • Josh Parratt Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Sam Blake Sub On 77:00'
  • Marlon Pinder Sub Off 77:00'
  • Phil Page Goal 84:30'
  • Jamie Brown Sub On 85:00'
  • Phil Page Sub Off 85:00'

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