25.11.23 vs Coton Green

Sutton knocked out of the Fazeley Cup

Andrew Delaney26 Nov 2023 –

Holders Sutton United were knocked out of the Fazeley Charity Cup at the quarter final stage with a home defeat against Coton Green.

Coton Green were unrecognisable from the team that came to Coleshill Road just last month, with only four players returning from that squad and they came into the match on the back of a run of five consecutive defeats.

Sutton made three changes from the starting line-up that drew against Stapenhill last time out, with Kye Billingham-Belle and Tion Pearce-Copeland replacing Will Jones and Jake Murrell, whilst Sef Semlali started ahead of youngster James Stretton.

The opening twenty minutes were closely contested with opportunities for both sides before the visitors took the lead when Sahel Ahmed Yessen’s shot from a corner kick was saved by Connor Byrne, before Tyrike Richards-Burke tapped home the rebound.

Sutton pressed for an equaliser with Tom Cullen denied at the back post after Jonny Grigg had picked him out and for Coton Green, Yessen’s shot from the right was well saved by Byrne.

The visitors did increase their lead in added time at the end of the first half with a cross from the right that looped straight in off the post.

Sutton managed to reduce the deficit before the break with a fantastic strike from Sam Price for his third goal of the season.

United began the second half positively with Joe Gildea through on goal in the opening minute, but his final shot proved comfortable for Josh Benton. Gildea came close again when his freekick was tipped onto the crossbar by Benton, and then his header from the resultant corner kick was cleared off the line.
Coton Green doubled their lead in the 61st minute when Danny Kitching’s set piece was headed in over Byrne by Alex Taylorson.

United responded with a goal two minutes later, when Gildea set up Tom Cullen to execute a tremendous shot from the edge of the box that gave Benton no chance.

Sutton pressed forward with substitute Kyle Hayden injecting some pace down the left flank and his effort at goal in the 66th minute ended up in the side netting.

Cullen came close to another goal when he struck the crossbar from the right wing and just as it looked like Sutton could get back into the match, it was the visitors who scored again with a bit of skill from Yessen to win himself space in the box to finish with precision.

United couldn’t find a way back this time and when Grigg had to come off with a knock in the 79th minute, there were no other defenders to replace him, and they ended up conceding two late goals with Jack Doak tapping in from close range and Richard-Burke scoring his second of the match with a superb shot from a tight angle.

Sutton return to league action next Saturday when they host Wolverhampton Sporting for the first meeting of these two teams this season.

Team: Sutton United
1. Connor Byrne
2. Kye Billingham-Belle
3. Tion Pearce-Copeland – 45’ Kyle Hayden
4. Lewis James
5. Mark Moore
6. Sef Semlali – 70’ James Stretton
7. Sam Price – 68’ Kieron Pearce-Copeland
8. Tom Cullen
9. Joe Gildea
10. Tom Massey (c)
11. Jon Grigg – 79’ Lewan Tobin

Richard Heath
Liam Burke
Matt Gough
Chris Bratt-Rose
Derek Culling

Team: Coton Green
1. Josh Benton
2. Danny Kitching – 89’ Aaron Cameron
3. Charlie Noakes
4. Ellis Whitelaw
5. Troy Anderson
6. Lewis Riley-Stewart (c)
7. Tyrike Richards-Burke
8. Callum Thorpe – 68’ Jack Doak
9. Kyle Crawford – 83’ Jordan Blake
10. Alex Taylorson – 89’ Joe Bolton
11. Sahel Ahmed Yessen

Russell Bosworth-Munday
Jon Huckfield
Tom Reece
Chris Dolmand
Madison Jordan

Match Officials: Robert Blagden, Jake Chyla, Ben Chyla

Sutton UnitedStatisticsCoton Green
7Attempts on Target8
5Fouls Committed8
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
PlayerAppearancesGoalsAssistsOpp MOTM
Joe Gildea201766
Leyton Hines5411
Sam Price15330
Thomas Cullen8300
Tom Massey20251
Sef Semlali19231
Kieran McConville14230
Matt Bishop13211
Jon Grigg21120
Joe Delaney3121
Shane Smith8110
Brad Gregory5100
Lewan Tobin13010
Jake Murrell12010
Ethan Hanks11010
Ryan Delport5010
Kaine Donald4010
Will Buchanan4010
Kye Billingham-Belle21000
Lewis James18001
Reiss Wagstaff18004
Mark Moore15000
Tion Pearce-Copeland13000
Will Jones13000
Harrison Coe8000
Remi Bell3000
Sam Simmonds3000
Connor Byrne2000
Kyle Hayden2000
Daniel Cooper1000
Louis Malin1000
Matt Hurrell1000
Matt Lewis1000
Shakeer Abdelkhalek1000

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