U's Fight To Victory Against Stubborn Solihull

Article by Johnnie Lowery

In a scrappy game at Gander Green Lane it was Sutton who came out on top against Solihull thanks to a clever finish from Tom Bolarinwa in the first half.

The visitors, battling for their lives at the foot of the table, started the brighter side and Jermaine Hylton nearly gave them the lead early on when a long throw fell to him, Jamie Butler making a good reflex save. The U’s keeper was kept busy, also having to get down low to deny Jamey Osborne just two minutes later, with another long range effort soon after also needing to be tipped round the post. As the half progressed Sutton improved and had their first real sight of goal when an Aswad Thomas freekick was tipped over the bar on 26 minutes. When the goal came though it was something out of nothing, a corner to the edge of the box flicked back into the area by Kenny Davis where it was met by Bolarinwa with a bicycle kick into the top corner of the net. The final five minutes of the half were all Sutton, Eastmond seeing a shot rather unconvincingly tipped over with Aswad Thomas having a header from a corner cleared off the line.

For most of the second half Solihull were kept at arm’s length by Paul Doswell’s men, with the closest either side came to scoring when Simon Walton hit a powerful effort that was well saved by Max O’Leary. Tom Bolarinwa and Kieron Cadogan were also able to find shooting opportunities but the keeper wasn't unduly troubled and as the game reached its dying stages the visitors started to ramp up the pressure, despite being reduced to ten men when  Adi Yussuf was shown a second yellow card for handball. Butler once again made an excellent save, this time from Kyle Storer’s 25 yard effort, with a string of late long throw ins and corners making for a very nervous Gander Green Lane end. Right at the death it looked for all the world like Solihull had scored but a vital defensive intervention saw the ball cleared off the line instead, United surviving to pick up another big three points