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Sutton Common Rovers
Chertsey Town
M Auletta (21', 45')
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Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League 1 - Premier Division

First's see of the curfews

The first team somehow picked up all three points on Saturday when they saw off Chertsey Town 2-1.

Chertsey started brightly and had us under some pressure in the opening minutes, but we did have the first shot in anger, when Matty Auletta fired over on three minutes. However the visitors started to dominate play, and put us on the back foot.

Chertsey should have opened the scoring on eight minutes when twice balls came into our box from Jamie Ross but were only half cleared, and Bukete Mukudi could only find the grateful arms of Michael Eacott with his shot.

Eacott then was out sharply at the feet of Mukudi, after skipper Aaron Bogle had dwelt on the ball and given possession to Chertsey's Connor Cullen.

Chertsey's pressure finally told on 14 minutes, the excellent Ben Gerarghty on Chertseys right linked up well with Dan Price to create a chance and shot. It looked comfortable for Eacott, but Craig Hastings attempted block took it straight Mukudi who fired into an empty net from three yards.

At this stage you wondered just how much worse it might get. Gerarghty whipped in a corner on 17 minutes and Joe Blendell somehow missed the target from five yards, and that would eventually come back to haunt Chertsey.

Midway through the half, and against the run of play, we levelled things up. Liam Holden found Marlon Rodney on the left, he played a crossfield ball to Auletta who cut inside and on his weaker foot fired beyond Fraser Trigwell from 25 yards.

We should have taken the lead five minutes later when a foul on Rodney led to Holden's free kick flying across the face of goal with no-one able to apply a finishing touch.

Mohammed Aboukar did superbly for Chertsey on the half hour, and split open our backline, and we were grateful to a timely Eacott interception from the cross which prevented the visitors from re-taking the lead.

Holden dragged an effort wide of the right hand post after Joe Peters and Blendell had both misread a huge Eacott clearance. Ten minutes before the break and Aboukar and Cullen linked up to create a chance for Price which was comfortably saved by Eacott.

Farrell went into the book for a mistimed challenge, although initially it looked as though he would be given a warning, but outside influences saw a card produced.

Chertsey should have taken the lead five minutes before the break. Hastings gifted the ball to Cullen who played a couple of one-twos with Mukudi, and ended with Mukudi's shot being superbly blocked by Matt Tanton.

Incredibly after our performance, we took the lead on the stroke of half time. Farrell picked up the ball in the middle of the park and moved forward, his pass inside Dujon Desagurante and Peters was inch perfect and Auletta ran on and calmly poked beyond Trigwell to give us a 2-1 lead at the break.

Chertsey almost levelled in the opening minutes of the second half, when a misjudgement by Rixon allowed Cullen to pinch the ball off him on the deadball line, but fortunately his cross was overhit and we were able to clear.

Rixon then put a header, under pressure from two defenders over the Chertsey bar, after a dangerous free kick by Holden. Addo-Dankwa and Holden then linked up with Auletta, with the latter firing over a dangerous cross that Blendell did well to defend, and from the follow up Farrell shot Blendell made another good block.

Rory Lewis replaced Addo-Dankwa on 51 minutes, and his immediate impact was a dangerous cross which led to a Farrell shot being blocked. Back at the other end and 9 got the better of Tanton, but saw his cross turned behind for a corner by Hastings.

Just shy of the hour and it should have been 3-1, neat link up by Lewis and Cooper-Smith ended with a deep cross finding Rodney, his cross back found an unmarked Farrell but he could only put his header wide of the left hand post.

We were now enjoying our best spell of the game, Rodney bought a comfortable save out of Trigwell and then saw an effort blocked by the Chertsey backline. Lewis then fouled Cullen and from Aboukar's free kick the shot by Blendell went off for a throw in.

Holden was the next to see yellow, this time for a foul on Peters and with just over 20 minutes remaining we replaced Holden with the fit again Danny Fernandez.

Trigwell gathered a sliced Lewis cross just under his own crossbar and on 73 minutes a Fernandez free kick was cleared, and a surging run by the impressive Gerarghty forced Rixon into a clearing challenge inside our area.

Aboukar fired in a dangerous free kick on 75 minutes which Hastings defended well, and from the loose ball, Aboukar saw his cross-shot drift harmlessly out for a goal kick. Cooper-Smith saw yellow on 80 minutes.

Chertsey replaced Ross with Abdul Muhammed on 81 minutes, and we withdrew Cooper-Smith and introduced Dan Jones into the fray. Chertsey should have levelled on 83 minutes, when a decent cross by Andy Crossley found Michael Agudubo, but Eacott produced a good save from his header. Agudubo continued to cause us problems and on 86 minutes he drifted passed several players on the edge of our area, but failed to trouble Eacott with his shot and that was the last real chance for Chertsey.

Certainly not our best performance in recent weeks, and one we can consider ourselves fortunate to come away from with the points. That though makes it seven wins on the spin, which is our best run for several years

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Key moments

Goal Matt Auletta scores for Sutton Common Rovers
Goal Matt Auletta scores for Sutton Common Rovers


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  • Chertsey Town
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  • Matt Auletta Goal 21:00'
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Team selection

Eacott, Michael Eacott, Michael
Addo-Dankwa, Jeffrey Addo-Dankwa, Jeffrey
Tanton, Matt Tanton, Matt
Farrell, Matt Farrell, Matt
Hastings, Craig Hastings, Craig
Bogle, Aaron Bogle, Aaron
Rixon, Asa Rixon, Asa
Rodney, Marlon Rodney, Marlon
Holden, Liam Holden, Liam
Cooper-Smith, Daryl Cooper-Smith, Daryl
Auletta, Matt Auletta, Matt

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Westfield 42 106
2. Bedfont Sports 42 93
3. Sutton Common Rovers 42 87
4. Walton & Hersham 42 84
5. Balham 42 75
6. Redhill 42 65
7. Camberley Town 42 65

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