The Moors are back on the road on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Sutton United in the Vanarama National League.
Here’s your full match preview ahead of the clash at Gander Green Lane…
Our hosts sit just outside the play-off places on goal difference, but are on a six-game winless run. They were beaten 1-0 by Maidenhead United in their last home fixture, but picked up a credible 2-2 draw at Fylde last weekend.
Tim Flowers’ men are currently on a 10-game unbeaten run and haven’t conceded a goal in their previous seven. They collected a vital three points at home against Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening, which leaves them joint third in the table.
In the opposite dugout
Paul Doswell – the 52-year-old is the longest serving manager in the top five divisions of English football. He was appointed in May 2008 and guided the side to the play-offs in his first two seasons, before guiding them to the Ryman League title in 2011.
He repeated that success in the National League South in 2015/16. Doswell oversaw the club’s run to the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2017 and led them to the third-placed finish in the National League last season, before they eventually lost out to Boreham Wood in the semi-final.
Opposition key man
Craig Eastmond – the midfielder has been a key component in the Sutton starting 11 this season, having made 20 league appearances and netted five league goals – that makes him their top scorer in this current campaign.
A quote from the assistant manager
Gary Whild: “You can see the lads are confident now, they’ve got a little spring in their step which is only right with the run they’re on.
“Sutton will be very tough and we’ll have to get towards the sort of standard we were on Tuesday to get anything down there.”
The last time the two sides met
Moors and Sutton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the ATG Stadium back in August. Flowers’ men twice fought back from behind to earn a point thanks to goals from Danny Wright and Kyle Storer.
Did you know?
There is a club in The Gambia called Sutton United FC. In July 1999, Young Stars FC was formed by Father Andrew Cole and the team originally consisted of people going to Bible classes.
The team was later renamed Sanchaba United, which means ‘Downtown’ in the Mandinka language until an English visitor, known only as Walter, donated equipment to the club and suggested they change their name to Sutton United FC.
The club, which is located in Lamin Village on the outskirts of Banjul, plays in the third tier of Gambian football known as Nawettan.
Pay on the gate:
Under 16’s: £3