Article by Johnnie Lowery
In a relatively even game it was Tranmere who took the spoils at Gander Green Lane, 2 excellent goals helping them on the way to an important 3 points.
It was 10 minutes in when Rovers took the lead, a foul by Craig Eastmond on the edge of the box giving Adam Buxton the chance to crack in a fine effort that hit the woodwork before crossing the line, giving Jamie Butler no chance. Despite this early setback Sutton looked the stronger side and duly equalised after 25 minutes when a deep Tommy Wright cross was headed back across goal by Jamie Collins, with Kenny Davis on hand to head home. 10 minutes later United were nearly in front when the visitors’ keeper got caught in no man’s land from a deep freekick, though Craig Dundas couldn’t get enough on the header to guide it goalwards. Set pieces continued to be a threat to the Tranmere backline, Lafayette just unable to convert after a scramble from a corner. However it was the away side who went into the break ahead when a loose ball fell to Connor Jennings, who hit a beautiful first time volley into the bottom corner from 25 yards out. There was still time for a strong penalty shout for Tranmere, though the referee decided there was nothing in Louis John’s challenge.
Rovers started the second half brightly too, Dylan Mottley-Henry firing just over after a good run down the right flank. On the hour mark Simon Walton came close to scoring what would have been a fluke goal, his cross nearly dipping in before Scott Davies clawed it out. Two minutes later U’s should have been level after Tom Bolarinwa’s cross fell to fellow substitute Kieron Cadogan but he fired over from 8 yards out on the volley. Tommy Wright as always looked lively and worked an opportunity for himself with 15 minutes to go, but could only drag the shot wide. However the game was soon wrapped up with Sutton pushing forward and leaving themselves open at the back as a result, especially after John limped off injured. It was Andy Cook who got the goal, breaking away and just about beating Butler in the U’s goal.
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