Article by Johnnie Lowery
Fylde was always going to be a tough place to go, so it was particularly heartbreaking to lose having led for so long and played so well.
Tommy Wright’s goal was excellently taken, and the home side struggled to really get into the game in the first half with Sutton’s high press system often winning the ball back long before it reached a dangerous area.
Unfortunately the second half was a different story as U’s tired and the Coasters turned the screw, eventually scoring two goals after uncharacteristic errors from Simon Downer and Louis John to win 2-1.
The result ends any lingering title hopes and means the focus now is very much on securing a playoff spot, in particular targeting the second and third place spots.
Only a spectacular collapse would stop Paul Doswell’s men playing some part in the playoffs, but the bonus of going straight through to the semi-finals and having home advantage by finishing in third place or above is a huge incentive.
Finishing there I’d say would require at least three wins from the last five games – tough but doable.
Tuesday’s opponents, Halifax, did us a favour by beating Boreham Wood at the weekend, making themselves nine points clear of the drop and a fairly safe bet to stay up.
There’s no doubt it will be a very tough place to go, the Yorkshire club having won three of their last four home games.
U’s will be fired up though and confident of a result to get back on track