Article by Johnnie Lowery
After the disappointment of exiting the FA Cup last week Sutton United bounced back perfectly with a solid 2-0 win over bottom side Solihull Moors.
U’s started brightly and had the ball in the net just 5 minutes in after Bolarinwa’s cross was met by Craig Dundas, but the offside flag was swiftly, and apparently incorrectly, raised to put an end to any celebrations. The home side soon grew into the game and had half chances, mostly from set pieces. In particularly Butler did well to save when a corner was only half cleared and an effort fired back in from the edge of the box. It was Sutton who took the lead though, a mishit clearance allowing Taylor to slip in Ross Layafette, who hammered home through the keeper’s legs. Minutes later the same player nearly doubled the lead, Moors keeper Nick Townsend somewhat redeeming himself with an excellent save from a point blank range header. The home side hit the woodwork after 35 minutes with a looping header that came off the crossbar, with Cadogan coming close up the other end before the break.
Moors’ best chance of the second half fell right at the beginning of the 45, Darren Carter firing inches wide with Butler beaten. The best chances from this point on came for Sutton, though Solihull did continue to threaten from the occasional long throw or corner. Tom Bolarinwa, a threat to the hosts all day, did well to get away from defensive attentions and square to Lafayette, but the striker couldn’t keep his effort down. The points were sealed with 5 minutes to go when a long Jamie Butler kick forward was flicked on by Lafayette to Dundas, who calmly waited for the keeper to go to ground before dinking it over him and into the back of the net. Paul Doswell’s men were relatively untroubled for the remainder of the game, remaining 4th in the league with a first win in five games.