Sutton Face Old Rivals Over Easter


Article by Mark Bravery


Having regained then lost the leadership of the National League during the last week, Sutton United will hope to give fresh momentum to their title push over the Easter weekend as they face two foes familiar from their Isthmian League and Conference South days, Maidenhead United and Bromley.

First up on Good Friday (30 March) is a trip to Maidenhead, followed on Easter Monday (2 April) by Bromley at home. Both matches kick off at 3pm, with Monday's being broadcast live by BT Sport.

Last Saturday's 3-2 win over Chester moved Sutton above Macclesfield Town on goal difference, but the Silkmen then won their game in hand on Tuesday evening and returned to top spot. Paul Doswell's team are five points clear of third-placed Tranmere, and have lost just one of their twelve league games in 2018.

Maidenhead were promoted last year after beating Ebbsfleet to the South division title. Under the management of the canny Alan Devonshire, they have spent most of their first season at this level in mid-table, and come into Friday's match in thirteenth place, without a win in their last five games. Sutton striker Moses Emmanuel, currently on loan to the Magpies, is not expected to play against his parent club.

Sutton last beat Maidenhead away in the 2012/13 season, winning 1-0 twice, in the FA Trophy then the league. Since then they have lost this fixture twice and drawn once.

Maidenhead are one of four clubs to have inflicted a home league defeat on Sutton this season, winning 2-0 in early September through goals from Ryan Upward and Harold Odametey.

The Monday before that defeat, a sweltering August Bank Holiday, Sutton returned to the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Bromley thanks to a first-half strike from Craig Eastmond. Last season Sutton won the home fixture 2-0, Max Biamou and Bradley Hudson-Odoi the scorers.

Bromley are tenth in the table, nine points behind Dover in seventh, the lowest of the play-off places. The Ravens do though have three games in hand, mainly a result of their run to the final of the FA Trophy (where they will meet Sutton's conquerors Brackley Town). They have won just one of their last six league games, and on Friday are at home to fourth-placed Wrexham.

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