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Knaphill
Sutton Common Rovers
J Barry (67'), M Smith (68')
Full time
P Page (11', 46'), M Pinder (33', 58'), D Cooper-Smith (83')
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division

Page, Pinder and Cooper-Smith all find the target

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Despite not being at their fluid best, Rovers picked up all three points in a hard fought win at Knaphill on Saturday.

The hosts started brightly and in the opening minute a free kick into the Rovers area was only half cleared, and Sheridan Campbell fired a snapshot over the crossbar. Minutes later and with Rovers well off the pace a long clearance by George Rowley caught the makeshift centre back partnership of Tommy Smith and Asa Rixon a little flat-footed but Martin Smith, under pressure from the recovering Rixon poked his effort wide of the right hand post.

It was therefore against the run of play that Rovers took the lead on 10 minutes, a long Rixon ball found Phil Page, and in spite of two defenders in close attendance, he jinked left and right before guiding an effort beyond Aaron Holt to give Rovers the lead.

On the quarter hour Rixon was caught over-playing out of defence and had the ball nicked off him by George Frise. Held up by Smith he managed to get a shot away bringing a good save out of Ollie Ellaway low to his right.

The hosts were generally having much the better of things in the opening 20 minutes, but the one save aside Ellaway was relatively untroubled, whilst Rovers with the pace and movement of Page and strike partner Marlon Pinder were keeping the Knaphill defence on their toes.

Knaphill should have levelled on 25 minutes, a tremendous crossfield ball by Jack Leighton picked out the very lively Connor Blanchard, but his shot was tame and comfortable for Ellaway. Campbell then also had a half chance from the edge of the area easily saved by the Rovers keeper.

Just shy of the half hour, good work between Ollie Twum and Malachi Robinson ended with a Robinson cross being fired over the bar by Page. The benefit of two bang in form forwards was highlighted three minutes later when a Nes Bellikli free kick was guided home by Pinder at the back post for 2-0.

Ellaway saved well low to his left after neat interplay by Frise, Leighton and Smith. Ellaway then did well to tip a fizzed effort by Blanchard over the bar, and Rovers went in at the break pleased to be two goals to the good.

Rovers were forced into a change at the interval, with the injured Rixon being replaced by the now free from suspension Craig Hastings, but they were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, and had increased their lead to 3-0 within a couple of minutes of the half starting, again it was Pinder and Page involved, and this time Page raced through on goal, calmly fired low beyond Holt, bringing up his 100th goal for Rovers, in only his 98th appearance.

Hastings and skipper Matt Farrell both found their way into the book on 52 minutes, with Hastings pinged for deliberate handball and Farrell for his protests, but Rovers were now firing on all cylinders, and increased their lead to 4-0 on 57 minutes. A clearance by Holt crashed into Page's head, and into the path of Pinder. The Rovers man was left with plenty to do, but took his shot early and fired low beyond Holt for 4-0.

Page made way for Daryl Cooper-Smith on the hour, but it was Knaphill who struck next.

Neat play in the middle of the park found Joshua Barry on the left, and he curled a delightful effort over Ellaway, giving the hosts a consolation goal, or so we thought. However it was game on a minute later when Rovers lost possession in the middle of the park, and Smith curled another superb strike over Ellaway for 4-2.

The hosts continued to press, but fortunately the Rovers defence rediscovered its form, and was able to clear its lines under some heavy Knaphill pressure.

Rovers made their final change on 75 minutes, with youngster Mike Hill coming on for the excellent Pinder, as Rovers looked to stop the Knaphill fightback. Maclean went into the book on 77 minutes for a mistimed tackle, before Rovers sealed the win on 85 minutes.

Hill collected the ball just outside the area, shaped to shoot, before picking out Cooper-Smith, he in turn beat a couple of defenders before calmly firing low to Hunt's left for 5-2. A minute later and Hunt did well low to his right to stop another Cooper-Smith shot.

Bellikli found his way into the book for kicking the ball away late in the game, and Rovers saw the game out and picked up all three points, and moved to the top of the table, albeit from two games more than second placed Chertsey Town.

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Phil Page

Player of the Match

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Key moments

10:05
Goal Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
32:02
Goal Marlon Pinder scores for Sutton Common Rovers
46:00
Goal Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
57:02
Goal Marlon Pinder scores for Sutton Common Rovers
67:00
Goal Josh Barry scores for Knaphill
68:00
Goal Martin Smith scores for Knaphill
82:02
Goal Daryl Cooper-Smith scores for Sutton Common Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Phil Page is awarded player of the match for Sutton Common Rovers
85:00 Yellow Card
Neset Bellikli is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
82:02 Goal 2 - 5
Daryl Cooper-Smith scores for Sutton Common Rovers
82:00 Assist
Mike Hill makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
77:00 Yellow Card
Callum MacLean is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
72:00 Sub Off
Marlon Pinder is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
72:00 Sub On
Mike Hill is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
68:00 Goal 2 - 4
Martin Smith scores for Knaphill
67:00 Goal 1 - 4
Josh Barry scores for Knaphill
60:00 Sub Off
Phil Page is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
60:00 Sub On
Daryl Cooper-Smith is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
57:02 Goal 0 - 4
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57:00 Assist
Phil Page makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
52:00 Yellow Card
Matt Farrell is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
52:00 Yellow Card
Craig Hastings is yellow carded for Sutton Common Rovers
46:00 Goal 0 - 3
Phil Page scores for Sutton Common Rovers
45:01 Sub Off
Asa Rixon is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
45:01 Sub On
Craig Hastings is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
32:02 Goal 0 - 2
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32:00 Assist
Neset Bellikli makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
10:05 Goal 0 - 1
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9:59 Assist
Asa Rixon makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • Knaphill
  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • 0
  • Asa Rixon Assist 9:59'
  • Phil Page Goal 10:05'
  • Neset Bellikli Assist 32:00'
  • Marlon Pinder Goal 32:02'
  • Craig Hastings Sub On 45:01'
  • Asa Rixon Sub Off 45:01'
  • Phil Page Goal 46:00'
  • Matt Farrell Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Craig Hastings Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Phil Page Assist 57:00'
  • Marlon Pinder Goal 57:02'
  • Daryl Cooper-Smith Sub On 60:00'
  • Phil Page Sub Off 60:00'
  • Josh Barry Goal 67:00'
  • Martin Smith Goal 68:00'
  • Mike Hill Sub On 72:00'
  • Marlon Pinder Sub Off 72:00'
  • Callum MacLean Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Mike Hill Assist 82:00'
  • Daryl Cooper-Smith Goal 82:02'
  • Neset Bellikli Yellow Card 85:00'

Team selection

Ellaway, Ollie Ellaway, Ollie
Robinson, Malachi Robinson, Malachi
Smith, Tommy Smith, Tommy
Bellikli, Neset Bellikli, Neset
Rixon, Asa Rixon, Asa
Tanton, Matt Tanton, Matt
Twum, Ollie Twum, Ollie
MacLean, Callum MacLean, Callum
Pinder, Marlon Pinder, Marlon
Page, Phil Page, Phil
Farrell, Matt Farrell, Matt
Knaphill
  • 1. Aaron Hunt
  • 2. Scott Costello
  • 3. Carl Bower
  • 4. Yosof El Amrani
  • 5. Jack Collins
  • 6. George Rowley
  • 7. Connor Blanchard
  • 8. George Frise
  • 9. Martin Smith
  • 10. Sheridan Campbell
  • 11. Jack Leighton
  • 12. Jacob McDonald
  • 13. Kevin Wheller
  • 14. Josh Barry
  • 15. Felix Anorli
  • 16. Kai Francis

League round up

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Abbey Rangers
Camberley Town
3
3
Guildford City
3
0
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Horley Town
3
0
Balham
2
2
Chertsey Town
3
0
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chertsey Town 32 81
2. Sutton Common Rovers 36 74
3. Abbey Rangers 35 63
4. Southall 36 58
5. Raynes Park Vale 36 56
6. Banstead Athletic 37 55
7. Guildford City 36 55

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