18.11.23 vs Stapenhill

Stalemate at Stapenhill

Andrew Delaney19 Nov 2023

Sutton United came away from Maple Grove with a hard-earned point in a tough mid-table match against Stapenhill.

On a very heavy pitch it was the home side who began the brightest and it wasn’t long before Sutton’s keeper Connor Byrne, on his debut for the First Team, was called into action with a terrific save to deny George Teeney.

Jonny Grigg was playing in his preferred number 10 role for Sutton and was instrumental in the opening goal in the 17th minute. Running onto Mark Moore’s ball over the top, Grigg was strong enough to beat his defender and with Paul Hollis off his line to challenge, the ball then fell kindly for Tom Cullen to slot into an empty net for his second goal of the season.

The hosts equalised in the 38th minute when Samuel Birks glanced his header into the roof of the net from a corner kick.

There were several big decisions made in the match that frustrated both sides, one of which happened just before the break when Swans captain Charlie Rumin was lucky to only receive a yellow card when he brought down Grigg, who would have been through on goal.

Central defender Mark Moore picked up an injury at the end of the first half and did not come out for the restart. With a shortage of defenders on the bench, Kye Billingham-Belle replaced him with a very solid performance at right back.

Sutton also gave a debut to winger Kyle Hayden, who was previously playing for Romulus, and his pace up front caused problems for the home side during the second half.

Both sides had to work hard with some good football despite the conditions. Stapenhill twice hit the woodwork with shots from distance and for Sutton, Joe Gildea tested the keeper from the edge of the box and saw an effort wide of the target under challenge from Rumin.
Next Saturday Sutton turn their attention to the Fazeley Charity Cup when they take on fellow MFL 1 side Coton Green at Coleshill Road with a 3.30pm kick off.

Team: Stapenhill
1. Paul Hollis
2. Niall Dawkins
3. Lewis Campbell
4. Charlie Rumin (c)
5. James Frost
6. Connor Richins
7. Ben Novis – 77’ Tommy Large
8. Cameron Steele – 87’ Jake Meakin
9. Samuel Birks
10. Ryan King
11. George Teeney – 90+1’ Jude Ayetine
Substitutes unused: Ashton Frost, David Agyekum

Mick Woods
Andy Stephenson
Thomas Hammerton

Team: Sutton United
1. Connor Byrne
2. Will Jones
3. Jake Murrell
4. Lewis James
5. Mark Moore – 45’ Kye Billingham-Belle
6. James Stretton – 50’ Kyle Hayden
7. Tom Cullen – 67’ Sef Semlali
8. Tom Massey
9. Sam Price – 59’ Ryan Delport
10. Jonny Grigg
11. Joe Gildea
Substitutes unused: Lewan Tobin

Liam Burke
Richard Heath
Chris Bratt-Rose
Amelia Small

Match Officials: Imran Ahmed, Daniel Hill, Charlie Head

StapenhillStatisticsSutton United
5Attempts on Target3
10Fouls Committed2
4Yellow Cards2
1Red Cards0
Ryan KingOpp Man of the Match
PlayerAppearancesGoalsAssistsOpp MOTM
Joe Gildea191746
Leyton Hines5411
Tom Massey19251
Sef Semlali18231
Sam Price14230
Kieran McConville13230
Matt Bishop13211
Thomas Cullen7200
Jon Grigg20120
Joe Delaney3121
Shane Smith8110
Brad Gregory5100
Jake Murrell12010
Lewan Tobin12010
Ethan Hanks11010
Ryan Delport5010
Kaine Donald4010
Will Buchanan4010
Kye Billingham-Belle20000
Reiss Wagstaff18004
Lewis James17000
Mark Moore14000
Will Jones13000
Tion Pearce-Copeland12000
Harrison Coe8000
Remi Bell3000
Sam Simmonds3000
Connor Byrne1000
Daniel Cooper1000
Kyle Hayden1000
Louis Malin1000
Matt Hurrell1000
Matt Lewis1000
Shakeer Abdelkhalek1000

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