Tell you what, this was one of the noisiest non-league games I have ever been to…! Both teams were very, very vocal - and, well, anyone who knows Danny Bryant will tell you he does not have a volume control!!
A lot of Bryant's vocals were aimed at Referee Mr. Ward - he had a bit of a shocker. A penalty given that wasn’t, a goal given for Sutton that shouldn’t have been allowed - bookings that weren’t deserved….not a good day at the office for Mr.Ward.
If I say that this could have been 8-2 to Forest Town, I would not be joking. Mark Frost was inspired all afternoon and made 7 or 8 great saves to keep the Snipes in the game, and a couple of the Forest Town players were guilty of glaring misses.
The visitors managed their first effort in the first minute, but it was Sutton who should have gone ahead on 6 -- Senior's free-kick found Stubley who crossed to the far post. From the cross, Hadley somehow managed to steer his header past the outside of the empty net.
Both teams battled well and hard and Sutton were edging possession, but it was Forest Town who almost opened their account on the half-hour - only a great sliding challenge from Hadley on Elliott kept the Sutton goal intact. Hadley also headed away the resultant corner, then Bowler fired just wide. McCann's run and shot on 37 brought out a brilliant save from Frost, and from the corner Farrell cleared off the line.
Elliott skinned Hadley just before the break, but another save from Frost saved the centre-half's blushes. H-T 0-0
We tried a cheeseburger at half-time -- not too bad, but nothing to write home about.. and at only £1.60 so I suppose we shouldn't moan.
In the 67th minute, Forest Town should have gone ahead, but Robinson's superb cross was headed over the bar from two yards out. A costly miss, because as the ball went back upfield, Vardy picked out Stubley who ran on and fired past Johnson in the visitors' goal.
Hadley made another great saving challenge in his own area on 71, then seconds later the same player made the same sort of challenge -- and this time was adjudged to have committed a foul....no-one could believe the decision, and it certainly baffled the Sutton bench.... more vocals !!! A great piece of defending punished by a Referee who seemed to be determined to impress on the watching assessor as to how poor a referee can be if he tries hard enough!!
Anyway, the kick was converted expertly by Jackson and the scores were level. Frost made another great save to keep out Tighe, but against the run of play the Snipes re-took the lead in the 77th minute. A corner played to the far post was fumbled under pressure by keeper Johnson, and substitute Damien Powell was on hand to nod home. (This has subsequently been given as an own goal on the Mitoo website).
The last 10 minutes were all Forest Town - they really battered the Snipes' defence - Gregory managed to clear the bar from 6 yards out, Short fired way wide with the goal gaping and then a shot cannoned off the foot of the post. Somehow the home team held out and the game finished 2-1.
Forest Town must wonder how the heck they lost this game - but it was all down to a combination of Mark Frost and Dean Hadley in top form, as well as some poor finishing that lead to their downfall.
Another great game at the Fieldings - and we ended up debating whether to visit again on Tuesday, but decided against it...
We are going to the Clod to see Forest Town take on Blidworth.
Attendance - head count 60
Entertainment value : priceless