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Sutton Common Rovers
Walton & Hersham
A Richards (15'), M Ferdinando (28', 59'), A White (57'), A Rixon (63')
Full time
Sat 25 Nov 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division

Five star performance from the firsts

Every now and again comes along a performance that will live long in the memory, we alway hark back to the Beckenham match in the Vase, but Saturday's game could join that. Against a high-flying Walton the lads were magnificent from the first minute to th

Goals from Ayden Richards, his second in two games since joining us, and another from Matt Ferdinando gave us a two goal half time lead, and three goals in an eight minute burst from Andrew White, Ferdinando and Asa Rixon-Nicholls sealed the game.

Darren Salmon had a strong squad to select from, as proven by the bench with the club all time appearance holder, Liam Holden, the experienced Craig Hastings, Craig Nelson and Andrew White, plus a fit again Joe Mead all on it.

The visitors started brightly with their lively wingers Athan Smith-Joseph and Malachi Thomas looking to get at us from the off, and in the opening exchanges good work by Howard Newton set up Athan Smith-Joseph, but he was denied by a tremendous block by Owen Davies. We then had a scare when Smith-Joseph fed Thomas who look to have been fouled in the area, but stayed on his feet and the chance went begging.

Having weathered the bright start by Walton, the lads grew into the game, and took the lead on 15 minutes. Matt Tanton was pulled down by Thomas, Davies delivered the ball, Rixon headed back across goal, and Richards took advantage of a mistake by Julian Hornby to fire beyond Brendan Norris for 1-0.

Walton almost hit back immediately when a long ball over the top found Flo Bojaj, but the striker was denied by Michael Eacott who was quickly off his line. It was almost 2-0 on 21 minutes when Richards forced Sullivan into a mistake, Daryl Cooper-Smith picked up the loose ball and saw his shot fumbled by Norris, Richards reacted quickest and squared to Cooper-Smith and he was denied by a superb last gasp challenge by Sullivan.

We were almost caught out three minutes later when we failed to make the most of a corner, and allowed Walton to break, Jamil Okai delivered into the area, and Davies did well to clear, and then repeated the process from the second ball and we cleared the danger completely. We increased our lead on 28 minutes, when Sullivan gifted the ball to Ferdinando, he beat a couple before drilling low beyond Norris for 2-0. Salmon had to make a change though, replacing the injured Cooper-Smith with Andrew White.

Ten minutes from the break and Walton were almost back in the game, Bojaj did well and fed Smith-Joseph, his deep cross found Thomas but he could only direct his volley wide. On 37 minutes a decent delivery by Thomas almost found Bojaj, but again Davies defended superbly and we cleared.

Walton continued to put us under pressure as they look for that way back into the game, but despite a fair amount of possession in and around our area, they were unable to force any clear cut chances.

Matt Farrell found his way into the book for a foul on Jim Fenlon on the stroke of half time, and we went in at the break with a healthy 2-0 lead.

Salmon was forced into making another change at the start of the second half, with Richards going off injured, and being replaced by Liam Holden. Walton also made a change at the break with Thomas and Okai off and TJ Nkoma and Elliott Simpson coming on.

We almost increased our lead immeiately in the second half, Matt Auletta and Jeff Addo-Dankwa linked up superbly with Auletta's cross finding White, and his low shot struck the base of the right hand post with Ferdinando being denied by a great save by Norris from the rebound.

At the other end and Smith-Joseph got beyond Addo-Dankwa but was stopped in his tracks by skipper Aaron Bogle. We went close again on 52 minutes with a move involving Farrell, Ferdinando, Holden and Auletta and ending with a Ferdinando shot going over the bar. A couple of minutes later and White dragged an effort wide of the right hand post.

It was 3-0 on 57 minutes when Ferdinando and Holden linked up superbly and Ferdinando's low cross was flicked home by White, which signalled a goal rush for SCR.

Two minutes later and it was 4-0, a ball into the area was headed back across goal, half cleared by Fenlon and Ferdinando launched himself with a diving header for his second of the game.

Scoring was completed on 65 minutes, when a great ball into the area by Addo-Dankwa was guided home by Rixon. The goal signalled the end of the excitement as both sides accepted their fate.

We made our final change on 76 minutes with man of the match, the outstanding Matt Ferdinando being replaced by a very welcome sight, with the return of Joe Mead, after a long injury lay-off.

The whistle went, signalling the end of probably our most complete performance for many seasons.

Matt Ferdinando

Player of the Match

Matt Ferdinando

Key moments

15:00
Goal Ayden Richards scores for Sutton Common Rovers
28:00
Goal Matt Ferdinando scores for Sutton Common Rovers
57:00
Goal Andrew White scores for Sutton Common Rovers
59:00
Goal Matt Ferdinando scores for Sutton Common Rovers
63:00
Goal Asa Rixon scores for Sutton Common Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Matt Ferdinando is awarded player of the match for Sutton Common Rovers
76:00 Sub Off
Matt Ferdinando is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
76:00 Sub On
Joe Mead is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
74:00 Yellow Card
Matt Ferdinando is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
63:00 Goal 5 - 0
Asa Rixon scores for Sutton Common Rovers
63:00 Assist
Jeffrey Addo-Dankwa makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
59:00 Goal 4 - 0
Matt Ferdinando scores for Sutton Common Rovers
57:00 Assist
Liam Holden makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
57:00 Goal 3 - 0
Andrew White scores for Sutton Common Rovers
57:00 Assist
Matt Ferdinando makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
45:00 Sub On
Liam Holden is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
45:00 Sub Off
Ayden Richards is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
44:59 Yellow Card
Matt Farrell is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
29:00 Sub On
Andrew White is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
29:00 Sub Off
Daryl Cooper-Smith is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
28:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matt Ferdinando scores for Sutton Common Rovers
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ayden Richards scores for Sutton Common Rovers
14:55 Assist
Asa Rixon makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
14:50 Assist
Owen Davies makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • Walton & Hersham
  • 0
  • Owen Davies Assist 14:50'
  • Asa Rixon Assist 14:55'
  • Ayden Richards Goal 15:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Goal 28:00'
  • Andrew White Sub On 29:00'
  • Daryl Cooper-Smith Sub Off 29:00'
  • Matt Farrell Yellow Card 44:59'
  • Liam Holden Sub On 45:00'
  • Ayden Richards Sub Off 45:00'
  • Andrew White Goal 57:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Assist 57:00'
  • Liam Holden Assist 57:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Goal 59:00'
  • Asa Rixon Goal 63:00'
  • Jeffrey Addo-Dankwa Assist 63:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Joe Mead Sub On 76:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Sub Off 76:00'

Team selection

Eacott, Michael Eacott, Michael
Addo-Dankwa, Jeffrey Addo-Dankwa, Jeffrey
Tanton, Matt Tanton, Matt
Farrell, Matt Farrell, Matt
Davies, Owen Davies, Owen
Bogle, Aaron Bogle, Aaron
Auletta, Matt Auletta, Matt
Ferdinando, Matt Ferdinando, Matt
Rixon, Asa Rixon, Asa
Cooper-Smith, Daryl Cooper-Smith, Daryl
Richards, Ayden Richards, Ayden

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Westfield 20 52
2. Bedfont Sports 22 49
3. Walton & Hersham 22 46
4. Sutton Common Rovers 22 45
5. Hanworth Villa 22 36
6. Camberley Town 22 35
7. Horley Town 21 33

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