Article by Johnnie Lowery
An excellent first half performance followed up by a solid second saw United return to the top of the National League table on Saturday, Guiseley beaten 2-0.
A series of injuries meant U’s were severely down on numbers, two academy players included on the bench to make up the numbers, but the start was quick enough with Maxted in the home side’s goal needing to be on hand to save from Dundas just 2 minutes in. The keeper couldn’t deny the Sutton United veteran 10 minutes later though as a Collins knock down was met and hammered home into the top corner from a few yards out. Sutton continued to push, with some neat interplay in and around the Guiseley box allowing Lafayette a chance to shoot – he instead squared it to Kenny Davis whose effort was charged down. With their first real opportunity of the game the hosts were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark after a shot was adjudged to have hit Craig Dundas’ arm. However Jamie Butler, who was excellent throughout, got down well to make the save and keep U’s ahead. Within minutes it was 2-0, an quick break allowing Cadogan the chance to play a delightful through ball into Tom Bolarinwa, who just beat the keeper and defender to the ball to finish.
Paul Cox made two changes to his side at half time to try and bring them back into the game but within 3 minutes of the restart it should have been over, Dundas meeting Bolarinwa’s cross but somehow putting the ball wide from only a couple of yards out. The chances kept coming for Paul Doswell’s men, Cadogan denied when 1-on-1 by Maxted and Lafayette miscuing a header from inside the 6 yard box. As the game reached its latter stages Guiseley began to come into the game slightly more, a corner on the hour mark barely cleared after bobbling around in the box. With 10 minutes to go Butler was called into action to make a smart save down to his right, and minutes later the U’s stopper made an even better save turning a long range volley from Andrew Haworth onto the post when it looked for all the world to be in. The 4 minutes of added time were seen out comfortably, with Sutton celebrating a return to the top of the table at the final whistle.