03.02.24 vs Heather St Johns


Andrew Delaney4 Feb –

Kye Billingham-Belle came off the bench to score a late winner for Sutton United against Heather St. John’s at Coleshill Road Stadium.

The teenager’s dramatic strike came in the 84th minute to give United a superb victory, with a much-improved team performance in response to the disappointing defeat at Shawbury last weekend.

The match saw Division One’s two top goal scorers come head-to-head, and it was Sutton’s Joe Gildea who struck first with a clinical spot kick in the 17th minute. Not to be outdone, St. John’s dangerman Kyle Jardine pulled them level with a 48th minute strike, that set up a nail-biting second half.

Sutton were positive from the start, having the best of the early opportunities. Hassan Said had a great chance in the 11th minute but chose to chip his effort, giving an easy save for Matthew White. Then both Said and Jon Grigg had shots blocked by Tommy Read and Lewis Hopewell respectively, as Sutton pressed their advantage.

And the breakthrough came for Sutton in the 17th minute when they were awarded a penalty for what could have been a push by Jake Macintosh on Said but was probably for the handball by Kian Taylor to deny Sutton’s captain, Tom Massey. Gildea made no mistake with the spot kick, sending White the wrong way and giving the hosts a well-deserved lead.

United had some great chances to increase their lead before the break, with their wide players causing problems for the visitors. Said came close again when he slipped the ball around the outrushing White but couldn’t quite find the net from the tight angle, and Ben Friel had an effort blocked at the back post after a good delivery from Massey, looking dangerous in a wider role.
The visitors pulled themselves back into the game with a goal two minutes into the restart, when a ball over the top had Jardine beating the offside to run in behind, slip passed the outrushing Kieran Hart and finish into an open net.

It was much tighter second half with the best opportunities falling to Jardine for Heather St. John’s who headed into the side netting and Grigg dragging an effort wide of the far post for Sutton.

However, it was United who found the winner in the 84th minute, when Gildea’s twenty-yard shot was saved by White but with the rebound falling to Sam Price on the right, he picked out Billingham-Belle to beat his marker and fire home from six yards.

The goal set up a tense finish and it was the two main strikers who almost stole the show at the end. Gildea hit the post with a terrific shot from distance, before Jardine was denied an effort in front of goal with a fantastic challenge from Grigg and last-ditch clearance from Lewis James that ensured all three points went to Sutton.

Next Saturday sees Sutton travel to Wolverhampton Sporting Community at Pride Park, Hazel Road, Great Wyrley for a 3pm kick off.

Team: Sutton United
1. Kieran Hart
2. Jake Murrell – 72’ Kye Billingham-Belle
3. Alex O’Keefe
4. Lewis James
5. Tion Pearce-Copeland – 79’ Mark Moore
6. Will Jones
7. Hassan Said – 77’ Ryan Delport
8. Jon Grigg
9. Joe Gildea
10. Tom Massey (c) – 85’ Sef Semlali
11. Ben Friel – 72’ Sam Price

Richard Heath
Liam Burke
Amelia Small
Derek Culling

Team: Heather St. John’s
1. Matthew White
2. Kai Thomas
3. Kian Taylor (c) – 29’ George Ludlam
4. Lewis Hopewell
5. Jake Macintosh – 45’ Kye Wooldridge
6. Jack Hession
7. Jake Finnerty
8. Tommy Read
9. Kyle Jardine
10. Jordan Holmes
11. Joe McNulty
Subs Unused: Alfie Donnelly, Jake Mcleary, Jack Coles

N. Costello, S. Hession
S. Beniston, C. Liddington
P. Griebel, J.Lickorish

Match Officials: Daniel Simmons, Andrew Gopsill, Dominic Mason

Sutton UnitedStatisticsHeather St. John’s
9Attempts on Target4
7Fouls Committed7
4Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
PlayerAppearancesGoalsAssistsOpp MOTM
Joe Gildea2828810
Sam Price22771
Leyton Hines5411
Tom Massey30392
Sef Semlali28331
Tom Cullen14311
Kieran McConville15230
Matt Bishop18211
Kye Billingham-Belle31200
Jon Grigg30130
Alex O’Keefe10120
Joe Delaney9121
Shane Smith8110
Brad Gregory5100
Jake Murrell16010
Lewan Tobin15010
Ethan Hanks11010
Kyle Hayden10010
Ryan Delport7010
Hassan Said4010
Kaine Donald4010
Will Buchanan4010
Shevron Channer3010
Lewis James24001
Mark Moore24000
Tion Pearce-Copeland20001
Will Jones20000
Reiss Wagstaff18004
Connor Byrne10000
Harrison Coe8000
Ben Friel7000
Pete Weston5000
Remi Bell3000
Sam Simmonds3000
Daniel Cooper1000
Louis Malin1000
Matt Hurrell1000
Matt Lewis1000
Shakeer Abdelkhalek1000

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