Article by Mark Bravery
2017 has been a remarkable year for Sutton United, and the club could enter 2018 back on top of the National League, though that would require a win this Saturday (30 December) away to the current leaders Macclesfield Town.
Sutton, who have already had five spells as league leaders this season, moved back up to second place following their impressive 4-0 Boxing Day victory at Boreham Wood, which left them a point clear of third-placed Aldershot. Macclesfield are three points above United but their goal difference is only one better, so any sort of away victory would see Sutton regain top spot.
The Cheshire club are enjoying their second spell at the summit, having won four and drawn four of their last eight games. They have lost at their Moss Rose ground this season to Woking, Maidstone and Eastleigh, but won their last two home matches against Wrexham (4-1) and Halifax (2-1).
On the final day of last season Sutton and Macclesfield played out a goalless draw at Moss Rose. Early this season Sutton overcame the Silkmen 2-1 at Gander Green Lane, a 2nd minute strike from the visitors' leading scorer Scott Wilson being answered by late goals from Moses Emmanuel and Tommy Wright.
Sutton will be missing two defenders on Saturday, Louis John having strained a hamstring towards the end of the pre-Christmas defeat to Tranmere Rovers, while the injury-plagued Dean Beckwith is now sidelined with a thigh problem.
Sutton are back in action on Monday, New Year's Day (kick-off 3pm), with the home game against Boreham Wood. The Wood's loss to Sutton on Tuesday was their first league defeat since September, and most will expect Monday's contest to be a tighter affair. Last season Sutton won this fixture 1-0 with a goal from Maxime Biamou.