Article by Johnnie Lowery
It might not have been a thriller, but Sutton did the job to secure all three points on a rainy evening at Gander Green Lane.
Eastleigh’s gameplan was not particularly complex but defensively they were solid, and U’s had few chances. Three minutes in an opening nearly came about for Tommy Wright after a quick release from Jamie Butler, but Reda Johnson was onto him in no time. The first shot on target wasn’t until 25 minutes in, Tom Bolarinwa cutting inside but firing straight at Graham Stack in the Eastleigh goal. It was Bolarinwa causing the Spitfires the most trouble, and when the penalty was awarded unsurprisingly it was Bolarinwa who was brought down. The winger was simply too quick and skillful for Josh Hare who hauled him to the ground as he reached the byline. Jamie Collins sent Stack the wrong way to score his second goal in as many games and put United ahead. Eastleigh did have a spell of pressure late on in the half, but Sutton defended their numerous long throws and corners without any real issues.
Dan Wishart was the danger man in the second half, playing on his less favoured right hand side. This did allow him to cut inside on his left though, and Stack had to be down quickly to save from one such effort. Wishart had another opportunity where he just about latched onto a through ball, only for his touch to be too heavy and allow Stack the opportunity to come and claim the ball. As Paul Doswell’s men continued to push for a second goal Ross Lafayette fired a long range effort well wide, whilst substitute Kieron Cadogan came much closer with a volley from the edge of the box. Eastleigh did little at the other end though Johnson put a header from a corner wide when he might feel he should have hit the target. However right at the death a breakaway from a Sutton corner allowed Mark Yeates an opportunity, but the challenges of both Charlie Clough and Dale Bennett denied him, securing the points for Sutton.