Article by Johnnie Lowery
In a tight game at Gander Green Lane a draw was probably a fair result, Wrexham the better side in the first half and Sutton better in the second.
It was the Welsh side that had the first real opportunity, Jamie Butler called into action to deny Chris Holroyd who caught his shot well from a tight angle. 15 minutes in Tommy Wright went close with a freekick from 30 yards out but minutes later it was the visitors who took the lead, Scott Quigley going through, played onside by a static U’s backline, with the finish perfectly executed into the top right corner of the goal. Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half with Butler rarely called into action but the final ball from those in yellow shirts also nothing to trouble the best defence in the league. The best chance fell to Simon Walton but the defensive block was solid.
However within two minutes of the restart Walton was able to strike, the midfielder first to react after debutant Byron Harrison hit the bar with a header from a corner and the ball had fallen down into the six yard box. Paul Doswell’s men looked to push on from this and controlled possession, though without really troubling the excellent Wrexham back line. Kieron Cadogan hit a freekick from the edge of the box straight at the away side’s goalkeeper, with Craig Eastmond seeing an effort deflected wide with 10 minutes to go as Wrexham sat deep. The best chances of the half came in stoppage time, first Butler making an excellent double save to deny Akil Wright from long range before recovering to block Jonathan Franks’ effort from the rebound. In the final minute of added time Tom Bolarinwa was close to winning it after his effort took a deflection that looked to be taking it under the bar and in before Chris Dunn in the Wrexham goal got a hand to it