Article by Mark Bravery
Sutton United will look to put last Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Leyton Orient behind them this Saturday (16 December) as they take a break from the league to host National League South side Truro City in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
The setback at Orient was only Sutton's third defeat since mid-September, but manager Paul Doswell will be aware that Truro have never lost at Sutton, drawing twice and winning on the other of their three visits to Gander Green Lane in South division fixtures between 2011 and 2016. Sutton did win on all three of their trips to Truro during that period.
This season the Cornish club have enjoyed two brief spells at the top of the South table, and although recently their form has tailed off a little, last weekend's 2-2 draw at Welling leaving them in seventh place, they are only three points behind current leaders Dartford. They reached this stage of the Trophy with a 3-1 win at Lewes, leaders of the Bostik (Isthmian) League South, in the third qualifying round.
Sutton's main injury doubt for Saturday is midfielder Kenny Davis who was kept out of the Orient game by a hamstring strain. Another midfield player, Alfie Egan, has returned to parent club AFC Wimbledon, but United have Nicky Bailey, Simon Walton, Craig Eastmond and Josh Taylor as options in the central positions.
Admission to Saturday's match will be reduced to £12 for adults (£6 concessions) and £2 for juniors. Should the game finish as a draw, there would most likely be a replay at Truro next Tuesday evening (19th).