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Sutton Common Rovers
Guildford City
M Farrell (23', 65', 67')
Full time
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - The Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Football League - Premier Division

Promotion hopes ended

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Rovers saw their title and promotion hopes ended on Saturday, when they slumped to a hugely disappointing defeat at home to ten man Guildford City.

The visitors made a lightning start, and took the lead inside 20 seconds, before a Rovers player had touched the ball. From kick off a ball down the right was squared to Stefan Joseph who rolled home beyond Aaron Bogle.

Despite the setback Rovers responded positively, with Guy Baskerville bringing a good save out of City keeper Stuart Norman, and the City keeper was to prove to be their hero with a string of superb save.

Rovers eventually levelled on 24 minutes, when a neat short corner routine, saw Matt Tanton find Matt Farrell who poked home from close range. The visitors were then rocked on the half hour when Dan Stewart saw red for an incident with the referee.

It was the visitors who struck next though, five minutes before the break when Malachi Robinson bought down Nathaniel Williams, and Benga Ogunseye stroked the spot kick beyond Bogle for 2-1. Rovers almost levelled immediately, but Norman did well to turn aside a low Phil Page header.

The second half saw the visitors increase their lead on 50 minutes, with a sublime header by Joseph, rising highest to thump home Bobby Webbe's free kick.

Rovers were rocking but regained composure and had the visitors pinned back for long period. Page, Baskerville and Ollie Twum were all thwarted by Norman, before Farrell bought them back into the game with his second, on 65 minutes, heading home a Brendan Murphy-McVey corner. Two minutes later and it was all square, and again it was the Murphy-McVey Farrell link, with Farrell guiding a header beyond Norman for his hat-trick.

It was all Rovers now, Nemo Adams somehow blocked a Baskerville effort from six yards, before the scored what proved to be decisive goal. Luke Fenlon's crossfield ball was intercepted, and the lively Osunseye released, he shrugged off Asa Rixon-Nicholls before poking under Bogle for 4-3.

Rovers threw caution to the wind, but found Norman in inspired form, in a 90 second spell the keeper thwarted, both Farrell and Malachi Robinson from distance, in between which he somehow turned over a point blank Rixon-Nicholls strike.

The visitors celebrated like the had won the cup at the end of the game, but after beating the then league leaders, with over ten men, I guess you can't really begrudge them that.

Matt Farrell

Player of the Match

Matt Farrell

Key moments

23:00
Goal Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers
65:00
Goal Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers
67:00
Goal Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Matt Farrell is awarded player of the match for Sutton Common Rovers
88:00 Sub Off
Brendan Murphy-McVey is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
88:00 Sub On
Alberto Lubango is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
71:00 Sub On
Kery Kedze is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
71:00 Sub Off
Kyle Henry is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
71:00 Sub Off
Kyle Henry is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
67:00 Goal 3 - 0
Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers
67:00 Assist
Brendan Murphy-McVey makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
65:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers
65:00 Assist
Brendan Murphy-McVey makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
45:01 Sub On
Luke Fenlon is substituted on for Sutton Common Rovers
45:01 Sub Off
Matt Tanton is substituted off for Sutton Common Rovers
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matt Farrell scores for Sutton Common Rovers
23:00 Assist
Matt Tanton makes an assist for Sutton Common Rovers
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As it happened

  • Sutton Common Rovers
  • Guildford City
  • 0
  • Matt Farrell Goal 23:00'
  • Matt Tanton Assist 23:00'
  • Luke Fenlon Sub On 45:01'
  • Matt Tanton Sub Off 45:01'
  • Matt Farrell Goal 65:00'
  • Brendan Murphy-McVey Assist 65:00'
  • Matt Farrell Goal 67:00'
  • Brendan Murphy-McVey Assist 67:00'
  • Kery Kedze Sub On 71:00'
  • Kyle Henry Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kyle Henry Sub Off 71:00'
  • Alberto Lubango Sub On 88:00'
  • Brendan Murphy-McVey Sub Off 88:00'

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1. Chertsey Town 38 91
2. Sutton Common Rovers 38 78
3. Abbey Rangers 38 67
4. Southall 38 64
5. Raynes Park Vale 38 60
6. Spelthorne Sports 38 58
7. Banstead Athletic 38 55

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