12.08.23 vs Heather St Johns

Sutton suffer defeat at St. John’s

Andrew Delaney

Sutton’s first away game of the season ends in heavy defeat as Kyle Jardine scores a first-half hat-trick for Heather St. John’s.

The home side stunned Sutton with a blistering start, striking the crossbar twice in the opening minute and it wasn’t long before they capitalised on their dominance, when Jardine curled a fantastic strike over keeper Reiss Wagstaff, to give the hosts the lead.

The St. John’s striker soon had a second when he picked up a short corner and was allowed to run inside and fire home a right-footed strike through a static United defense.

Jardine completed his hat-trick in the 39th minute when he followed in after Wagstaff had initially saved his spot kick, after Kaine Donalds late challenge on Jack Coles.

Sutton were barely out of their own half in the first forty-five minutes, with a Leyton Hines header in the 34th minute being their only attempt on goal.

Nevertheless, just like their last match, Sutton had a much improved second half. Jonny Grigg and Sef Semlali looked strong in midfield and United managed to pull a goal back in the 70th minute when Tom Massey’s excellent through pass finally opened up the Heather defense, for Joe Gildea to sweep home.

But the hosts killed off any hopes of a Sutton comeback with a fourth goal in the 77th minute: a ball over the top had substitute Jack Henchcliffe reacting first to score passed the outrushing Wagstaff.

Sutton don’t have to wait long for the chance to get back to winning ways, as they host Ingles at Coleshill Road on Tuesday 15th August at 7.45pm. Both teams have started the season with one win, one draw and one loss so this should be an interesting one.

Team: Heather St. Johns
1. George Baker
2. Kai Thomas
3. Kian Taylor – 82’ Josh Warren
4. Jacob Sturgess
5. Jake McIntosh (c)
6. Tommy Read
7. George Ludlam – 66’ Jack Henchcliffe
8. Lewis Hopewell – 68’ Ryan Dowling
9. Kyle Jardine
10. Tom Managan
11. Jack Coles – 88’ William Fox

Neil Costello
Shaun Hession
Paul Griebel
Stuart Beniston
J. Liquarish
M. Dutton

Team: Sutton United
1. Reiss Wagstaff (c)
2. Tom Cullen
3. Lewis James – 64’ Remi Bell
4. Kaine Donald
5. Tion Pearce-Copeland
6. Kye Billingham-Belle – 45’ Jonny Grigg
7. Leyton Hines – 64’ Ryan Delport
8. Lewan Tobin – 45’ Sef Semlali
9. Joe Gildea
10. Tom Massey – 78’ Brad Gregory
11. Joe Delaney

Richard Heath
Matt Gough
Ryan Lugg

Match Officials: James Henderson, Stewart Walker, Paul Strumidlo

Heather St JohnsStatisticsSutton United
7Attempts on Target1
8Fouls Committed5
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
Kyle JardineMan of the MatchReiss Wagstaff
Tom Massey3
Tion Pearce-Copeland3
Yousef Semlali3
Joe Delaney3
Reiss Wagstaff3
Joe Gildea3
Jon Grigg3
Kaine Donald3
Kye Billingham-Belle3
Lewis James3
Leyton Hines3
Brad Gregory3
Thomas Cullen2
Jake Murrell2
Lewan Tobin2
Remi Bell1
Harrison Coe1
Kieran McConville1
Ryan Delport1
Will Jones1
PlayerGoalAssistGrand Total
Leyton Hines314
Joe Gildea33
Joe Delaney123
Tom Massey123
Jon Grigg112
Thomas Cullen11
Kaine Donald11
Lewan Tobin11
Grand Total10818

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