On one of the coldest days of the winter, Kev decided to CHILL out down by the river - yep, maggott drowning again -- meant it was off to the Fieldings on my own to see 3rd placed Sutton host 4th placed Ollerton..
Looked a tight game on paper, and so it proved. Although if Referee Mr. Tinsley had been a little less whistle and card happy the game may have been even better.
Disappointed that no programme was available yet again - made all the worse because no team sheet was pinned up anywhere, and there were no PA announcements. How is a casual visitor supposed to know who is who on the pitch?? Room for improvement in this area, Sutton.
The home team had a couple of early chances, Newman's drive flying just wide of the post and after a neat turn in the box, Stubley's shot was collected easily by Ollerton keeper McLafferty.
In the 10th minute, Ollerton striker Lee Wilson was through one-on-one with Sutton keeper Frost, but the keeper managed to block well. Ollerton almost scored on 16 after a Sutton short corner routine failed miserably - again Wilson was one-on-one with Frost, but on this occasion he fired just wide.
On 22, Alberry headed off the line from an Ollerton corner, then raced off the line to successfully block the shot from the loose ball.
The visitors took the lead three minutes before the break, the no.2 shirt hitting a fierce drive from the edge of the box that flew through a crowd of players and past Frost. One piece of slack marking fully punished, leaving Manager Danny Bryant fuming - and not the best time for me to try and cheer him up by telling him Forest were 2 up at Man City....d'oh!!
A half of petty fouls and more interuptions than I could count - the Ollerton no. 7, 8 and 9 were all booked along with Snipes' Guest, but I can't really recall one seriously reckless challenge..... H-T 0-1
As it happened it was a double whammy for the visitors, because the Snipes grabbed a well deserved equaliser from the resultant free-kick - Steve Bayliss volleying home at the far post. F-T 1-1 ... Suttons first draw of the League campaign.
In the end I suppose 1-1 was overall a fair result, but you have to wonder what the game COULD have been like if the Referee had have let the game flow a little..he must like filling in forms!! It would be interesting to hear what the assessor Mr. Whitehead had to say about Mr. Tinsley's performance.
Tea/coffee -- queue was too long for me to bother
Programme - no....
Attendance -- my head count 60
Sorry - I didn't take any pictures.. it was far too cold to get the camera out!!
Tuesday - off to Grange Park to see Long Eaton United take on NCEL Premier Division leaders Mickleover Sports.