23.12.23 vs Coton Green

Sutton share points at Coton Green

Andrew Delaney25 Dec 2023 –

Kye Billingham-Belle’s first senior goal for the club earned Sutton United a share of the points against Coton Green at New Mill Lane.

Sutton made three changes to their starting line-up with Mark Moore, Ben Friel and Joe Delaney replacing the injured Lewis James and suspended Will Jones and Sam Price.

It was an entertaining first half that was closely contested, with both keepers in action. Josh Benton made the first big save for Coton Green to deny Friel within the opening three minutes. With the hosts then on the counterattack, Sahel Yessen’s heavy touch in the box allowed defender Matt Bishop to clear for Sutton.

Yessen had another chance to shoot in the 10th minute with an effort from the right that keeper Connor Byrne was equal to, before blocking the rebound from Ryan Conlon.

Benton then produced two good saves to first deny striker Joe Gildea sliding in at the back post, and then diving low to push behind Tom Massey’s thunderous strike from twenty yards.

Just after the half hour mark, the home side broke the deadlock with a move down the right flank culminating in a powerful finish from Conlon to give the hosts the lead.

Sutton came out fighting in the second half, with Coton Green sitting deeper to defend their lead. Delaney hit the crossbar with a fierce 25-yard strike and Gildea’s effort from the edge of the box was superbly saved by Benton once more, as he tipped the ball onto the crossbar with Delaney unable to find the target with the rebound.

For the hosts, Conlon looked their biggest threat in front of goal as he came close to doubling their lead with a shot from the right of goal that Byrne blocked.

Sutton remained patient in their build-up and finally found an equaliser in the 68th minute, with a clinical finish by Billingham-Belle after Brad Gregory had intercepted an effort from Jon Grigg.

United continued to press for the winner, with Shevron Channer cutting inside to shoot straight at the keeper and Bishop curling an effort heading for the top corner, that Benton gathered.

Sutton had looked the most likely to score in the second half, until the hosts had two good chances right at the end of the match, both from their substitute Alex Taylorson, with a half volley that Bryne pushed behind, and a header onto the roof of the goal.

Substitute Shevron Channer lasted only twenty minutes before sustaining a shoulder injury, which could be another blow to Sutton for the busy Christmas period, as next up they face local rivals Paget Town for the Boxing Day fixture at Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

Team: Coton Green
1. Josh Benton
2. Dan Kitching
3. Sahel Yessen
4. Jake Coleman
5. Charlie Noakes
6. Brad Gregory
7. Corey Powell (c)
8. Stuart Hendrie
9. Kyle Crawford – 69’ Alex Taylorson
10. Ryan Conlon
11. George Brown – 79’ Jordan Blake

Russell Dodds
Jon Huckfield
Tom Reece
Chris Dolman
Maddison Jordan

Team: Sutton United
1. Connor Byrne
2. Kye Billingham-Belle
3. Alex O’Keefe
4. Matt Bishop
5. Mark Moore – 64’ Tion Pearce-Copeland
6. Sef Semlali – 61’ Jonny Grigg
7. Ben Friel – 58 Shevron Channer – 79’ Pete Weston
8. Tom Cullen – 87’ Ryan Delport
9. Joe Gildea
10. Tom Massey (c)
11. Joe Delaney

Liam Burke
Richard Heath
Matt Gough
Chris Bratt-Rose
Amelia Small

Match Officials: Guy Thrower, Connor Brooks, Steve Harford

Coton GreenStatisticsSutton United
8Attempts on Target9
18Fouls Committed13
2Yellow Cards4
1Red Cards0
Josh BentonOpp Man of the MatchTom Cullen
PlayerAppearancesGoalsAssistsOpp MOTM
Joe Gildea242379
Sam Price18540
Leyton Hines5411
Tom Cullen12301
Tom Massey24271
Sef Semlali22231
Kieran McConville14230
Matt Bishop16211
Jon Grigg24120
Joe Delaney4121
Shane Smith8110
Kye Billingham-Belle25100
Brad Gregory5100
Lewan Tobin13010
Jake Murrell12010
Ethan Hanks11010
Ryan Delport6010
Kyle Hayden5010
Alex O’Keefe4010
Kaine Donald4010
Will Buchanan4010
Shevron Channer3010
Lewis James21001
Mark Moore18000
Reiss Wagstaff18004
Will Jones16000
Tion Pearce-Copeland15000
Harrison Coe8000
Connor Byrne6000
Remi Bell3000
Sam Simmonds3000
Ben Friel2000
Hassan Said2000
Pete Weston2000
Daniel Cooper1000
Louis Malin1000
Matt Hurrell1000
Matt Lewis1000
Shakeer Abdelkhalek1000

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