After their FA Cup adventures, United earned a much-needed league win, as Tayo Oladotun reports.
Sutton United defeated fellow mid-table side, Boreham Wood, 1-0 in the Vanarama National League. The only goal of the game came from Maxime Biamou, in the 31st minute. The three points saw Sutton move within four points of their opponents.
Following their storybook heroics in the FA Cup, Sutton were knocked out against Premier League heavyweights, Arsenal, and their short-lived dream came to an abrupt end. Having sampled a small slice of the big-time pie, Sutton were brought back down to reality; a momentarily lively press box was now desolate with just three press members reporting on the game.
The U’s were looking for back-to-back wins to stay clear from the relegation dog-fight, which was beginning to look more and more likely come the end of the season.
The game started off at an electrifying pace, with Sutton off to a flying start – creating the more clear-cut half chances than Boreham. In the fifth minute, former Arsenal trainee, Craig Eastmond’s long-range effort troubled keeper, Grant Smith, who didn’t deal with it and conceded the first corner of the game.
Rory Deacon, who has also been a talking point in regards with a move away from Gander Green Lane, didn’t quiet live up to his man-of-the-match display against The Gunners. The Sutton forward’s shot went horribly wide in the eighth minute as Sutton were building momentum.
Sutton were dominant, and defending as a well-drilled unit, but a rare attack for Boreham Wood in the 22nd minute saw Anthony Jeffery play a dangerous ball to the Sutton’s back post, to Bruno Andrade who could not finish.
Fast forward to the 31st minute as Maxime Biamou found the net after slotting it past the goalkeeper.
The game remained fairly contested from here onwards but Sutton’s defence managed to hold out Boreham’s attack for the remainder of the match as they claimed all three points.