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Sutton Common Rovers
Bedfont Sports
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League 1 - Premier Division Full time

Promotion hopes take a hit

Sutton Common Rovers saw their promotion hopes taken out of their own hands when they slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to main rivals Bedfont Sports.

It was a deceptively bright start to the game with both sides having chances in the opening minutes. We forced a corner after good work by Matt Auletta, but it came to nothing and at the other end, Mustafa Teryaki crashed an effort across the face of our goal.

Joe Jackson found Tim Pitt with a great crossfield ball on five minutes, but his nearpost cross was well defended by Owen Davies. Matt Ferdinando fired an effort high over the crossbar on five minutes after a Craig Nelson corner was only half cleared, and we looked set for a cracker.

Alex Rose found the lively Jason Nwachukwu on the edge of the area, after we had been caught over-playing in the middle of the park, and the challenge by Asa Rixon-Nicholls led to a free kick in a dangerous position. Jack Mill's free kick hit the wall and was cleared for a corner, which was also well defended.

Davies did well on the quarter hour to clear a long ball, we quickly transferred the ball forward, Auletta put Luke Ruddick in allsorts of bother, but the ball was eventually cleared for a throw in. Auletta was enjoying his best spell of the game and from another run forced Paul Johnson into a rash challenge and a free kick, but nothing came from it.

Midway through the half and Bedfont thought they had taken the lead, a tremendous ball in by Pitt was headed home by Teryaki, but a well position official had his flag raised and the goal was chalked off.

On the half hour, Ferdinandos cross was well defended by Ruddick and as we went aerial, Pickford did well to claim a tantalising Matt Tanton cross ahead of Daryl Cooper-Smith.

Matt Farrell found his way into the book just after the half hour, and that earnt the combative midfielder a two game suspension, seeing him miss both Godalming Town and North Greenford Utd.

Nwachukwu was fouled by Ferdinando and from another dangerous delivery by Pitt, Eacott did well to gather the deflected cross ahead of Teryaki.

The tide look to have swung Rovers way in the 40th minute when a clash between Tanton and Jake Hicks led to the Bedfont man seeing red for kicking out at the Rovers left back. Farrell then clashed with Mills and was possibly fortunate not to pick up a second yellow, and as the half ended Ferdinando saw yellow for a foul on Johnson.

Darren Salmon was forced into a change at the break with the ill Ferdinando replaced by Michael Campbell, and in the opening minute Auletta found Campbell, and his cross was met by Jean-Luc Kinsaba but he couldn't direct his header on target.

Rovers continued to hold the upper hand, and should have taken the lead on 48 minutes, as a half cleared corner dropped to Matt Farrell but his shot was comfortable for Pickford.

Bedfont responded positively, and should themselves have opened the scoring on 55 minutes when Ruddick put a free header from a corner wide of the target.

Mills and Teryaki linked up well just shy of the hour, and Tanton did well to intercept a ball destined for Johnson. Teryaki then went close on 59 minutes, but a minute later he fired the visitors ahead. A spell of pinball in the area saw the ball drop to Teryaki and he calmly rolled beyond Eacott for 1-0.

Bedfont replaced the influential Pitt on 67 minutes, introducing Simo Mbonkwi in his place,and with Pitt having delivered some telling crosses, and done some sterling defensive work, it looked as though another opening for Rovers may have arrived.

Kinsaba, did well to beat Mbonkwi on 68 minutes but his delivery was poor and Bedfont cleared easily. Auletta saw a shot deflected behind on 71 minutes, and it was to be his last action as Salmon introduced Andrew White into the fray.

Davies found his way into the referees book for a foul on Nwachukwu on 73 minutes, and with ten minutes remaining, Salmon made his final change, replacing Kinsaba with Tom Neale.

Bedfont replaced Nwachukwu with Matt Baxter, as the game just drifted towards its inevitable conclusion. Campbell found his way into the book on 88 minutes for protesting to strongly after a collision in the area.

Bedfont made their final change in stoppage time with the hugely impressive Teryaki making way for Matt Riggs and the visitors took a massive step towards promotion with this 1-0 win.

Highlights

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88:00 Yellow Card
Michael Campbell is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
80:00 Sub Off
Jean-Luc Kinsaba is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
80:00 Sub On
Tom Neale is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
71:00 Sub Off
Matt Auletta is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
71:00 Sub On
Andrew White is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
65:00 Yellow Card
Owen Davies is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
45:00 Sub On
Michael Campbell is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
45:00 Sub Off
Matt Ferdinando is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
44:59 Yellow Card
Matt Ferdinando is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
31:00 Yellow Card
Matt Farrell is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • Bedfont Sports
  • 0
  • Matt Farrell Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Yellow Card 44:59'
  • Michael Campbell Sub On 45:00'
  • Matt Ferdinando Sub Off 45:00'
  • Owen Davies Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Matt Auletta Sub Off 71:00'
  • Andrew White Sub On 71:00'
  • Tom Neale Sub On 80:00'
  • Jean-Luc Kinsaba Sub Off 80:00'
  • Michael Campbell Yellow Card 88:00'

Team selection

Eacott, Michael Eacott, Michael
Powell, Zach Powell, Zach
Tanton, Matt Tanton, Matt
Ferdinando, Matt Ferdinando, Matt
Rixon, Asa Rixon, Asa
Davies, Owen Davies, Owen
Auletta, Matt Auletta, Matt
Nelson, Craig Nelson, Craig
Farrell, Matt Farrell, Matt
Cooper-Smith, Daryl Cooper-Smith, Daryl
Kinsaba, Jean-Luc Kinsaba, Jean-Luc

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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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