Guiseley AFC 0 v 2 Sutton United (Vanarama National League)
Sutton United arrived at Nethermoor Park knowing that a win would leave them top of the Vanarama National League, whilst Guiseley manager Paul Cox returned to his former club this week to sign midfielder Liam Hughes who is expected to be part of the squad today.
It proved to be a very difficult day for the Lions who were never in the match from the opening minute, it was Sutton United who took the lead on twelve minutes after a Kieron Cadogan corner wasn’t cleared and Jamie Collins headed it back into the danger area for Dundas to slot the ball into the top corner to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
Just before the half hour mark, the home side were awarded a penalty when a shot from Kevan Hurst was charged down by the Sutton defence, only to see the referee awarded a penalty for handball. Lee Molynuex took the kick and hit it to the right-hand side of the goal which was well saved by Butler in the visitors goal.
On thirty-two minutes, the home should have been awarded a second penalty of the game when Mike Fondop got to a headed back pass before goalkeeper Butler, who took him out but the referee said no foul and waved away the penalty appeals.
To add insult to injury make matters worst Kieron Cadogan collected the ball for the visitors and ran the full length of the pitch, before crossing the ball into the area for Tom Bolarinwa who got to the ball before Maxted and floated the ball into the goal to double the lead.
Guiseley made two changes at half-time with Andy Howarth and Raul Correia replacing Molyneux and Odejayi, which saw the home side increase the tempo but even then the closest they came was when Howarth’s drive which was tipped on to then post by Butler late on but the game went on to finish 2-0 to the visitors.
Speaking after the match manager Paul Cox said, “I’ve no complaints about the score, however when I arrived at the club we talked about changing cultures and the player’s mind sets, but today was everything we don’t want. We don’t do the basic’s and overall for the first minute to the last we were not good enough today.
I have some big decisions to make this week, I will sit down with the owner and discuss what can be done, because that performance today is not acceptable at this football club. We have a tag of a club in the bottom four or five in this league, I want to change that view to ensure we are known for positive things within this league and not just for the FA Cup.”
The Lions now have a break from league action as Paul Cox takes his squad to face his old side Mansfield Town in the second round of the FA Cup at Field Mill next Sunday. It will be a difficult game against another Sky Bet League Two side, but Cox’s side have nothing to lose as they look for another FA Cup giant killing.
Guiseley AFC – Maxted, Palmer, Purver, Lawlor, Holden, Molyneux, Hurst, Lenighan, Harvey, Fondop, Odejayi (Subs) Correia, Rooney, Haworth, M’Boungou, Hughes
Sutton United – Butler, Collins, Spence, Bailey, Davis, Downer, Cadogan, Walton, Dundas, Bolarinwa, Lafayette (Subs) Egan, Stearn, Morris, Brown, Lema
Goals – (Sutton United) Dundas (12), Bolarinwa (36)
Attendance – 929