Article by Johnnie Lowery
A confident performance from Sutton saw them cruise past Isthmian Premier Division opponents Hendon in the FA Trophy 2nd round, reaching the last 16 for the third season in a row.
In fairness to the North London side they had the best chance of the early exchanges, Niko Muir unable to control the ball inside the box having escaped defensive attentions. Zak Joseph also had a good chance when he met a low cutback but fired just wide of Owen Evans’ post. U’s started to take control though with both Tommy Wright and Adam Coombes looking lively in attack, Wright heading one effort just wide from a Tom Bolarinwa cross, with another scramble in the box just not quite falling for the young striker. 10 minutes from half time United made their pressure count when a poor defensive clearance gave the ball to Kieron Cadogan who accepted his gift firing into the bottom corner to put U’s 1-0 up. Debutant Hendon keeper Corey Addai, son of former Sutton keeper Ken, made a good save just before the break to deny Harry Beautyman and keep his side in the game.
There was certainly no complacency about Sutton’s second half performance with U’s always looking to add goals and secure the game, something they nearly did when a cross was only half cleared and the ball fell to Aswad Thomas who somehow managed to fire his effort straight at Addai with the goal gaping. The danger wasn’t clear though as the ball fell to Bolarinwa, who saw his long range effort saved with the ball scrambled behind for a corner. As the game went on and Hendon pushed forwards more gaps started to appear and some excellent football created plenty of opportunities. Perhaps the best one fell to Harry Beautyman who could only shoot straight at Addai from inside the area, whilst Tommy Wright nearly scored what would have been an excellent solo effort having run from inside his own half before firing just wide. The lead was eventually doubled when a long ball forward by Simon Downer caused the visiting defence problems and the clearing header only went as far as Adam Coombes, who volleyed home delightfully from the edge of the box. The third goal was just as good, Wright receiving the ball from a short corner before curling a fine effort into the top corner, leaving Addai with no chance and confirming Sutton’s place in the last 16