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Sutton Athletic 2-0 Holmesdale
Sutton Athletic 2-0 Holmesdale

Sutton Athletic continued their good run of league form with a 2-0 victory over Holmesdale at Lower Road on Tuesday night with a goal in either half. 

The game got off to a lively start, with both teams playing some nice football, but with no clear chances.

As the half went on Sutton began to look the stronger side and put Dale under pressure. Ashley Sheppard was just off target with a volley from range, but they did eventually go in front on 21 minutes when Dominic Vincent-Edwards put in a low cross from the left for Conor Evans to side foot home for 1-0.

Soon after it could have been two when Liam Spellward hit the under side of the bar with a driven effort that bounced out off the line.

Neil Spencer then went close, shooting wide after a strong run and with Athletic doing all the pressing Evans’ audacious attempted lob from distance just went over the bar before the break. 

The second half got off to the best possible start for Sutton when after Spellward had a shot saved by James Boughtflower, Spencer crossed for Evans to convert from close range for 2-0.

Evans then had a shot saved before Holmesdale started to come back into things. Marvin Emmanuel had a header saved by Dan Carpanini from a corner and Semazzi had a shot saved at the near post.

With Dale putting on some pressure Kameiko Pop-Campbell just failed to connect with a chance on the six yard box and they had a number of long throws and corners that pressed The Sutts.

Clyde Semmazzi then crossed for Jamie Rawsthorne whose flicked effort went wife of the far post and Cian McCarthy’s volley from range went just wide.

Late on though, the home side took the initiative again, Ross Obazee chipping the ball just over from distance and then Arlie Desanges ran clear and had a shot which hit the post before Evans missed from the rebound. 

The win sees Sutton Athletic move up to eighth place, while Holmesdale  remain fourth from bottom on a seven game losing streak, but there were some promising signs from Lee Roots’ side in the second half. 

SAFC: Carpannini, Lawrence, Edwards, Shepard, Fenn, Simms, Spencer, C Watson, Desanges, Evans, Spellward.

Subs: Gregory, M Simms, White, D Watson, Obazee. 

HFC: Boughtflower, Wood, Shield, McCarthy, Emmanuel, Styles, Eze, Adams, Pope-Campbell, Rawsthorne, Semmazzi.

Subs: Sata, Ayetune, Obasa, Oduguwa, Akinlusi. 

Goals: Evans 21 & 47mins. 

HT1-0 FT 2-0. 

Att: 49