Royals hit TWO goals and keep a clean sheet away at Tividale
A first clean sheet of the season and two goals from Liam Puller were enough to secure a well earned win away at Tividale.
Royals had to work hard against a well organised Tividale side who were not going to go down without a fight. Sutton opted to keep some players on the bench who were going to be involved in FA Youth Cup ties the following night; but were not let down by those players coming into side to start the game, further illustration of the depth in the squad.
The game was not without its drama and Tividale won a penalty when covering defender Alex Jackson brought down the onrushing Tividale player, which resulted in a RED card for Jackson; but fortunately they were unable to convert to get them back in the game. This led to some tactical changes for the Royals to compensate for being a man down. The 10 man team now showed even greater resilience and proving difficult to break down and limiting Tividale's scoring opportunities, whilst looking to hit them on the break.
Sutton were able to see out the game to record both their first away win and first clean sheet of the season - a tremendous effort by the whole team. So all in all a good start to the season which the team MUST maintain in the difficult months ahead.
Well done to Tividale for a good game that was well contested by both sides and good luck for the rest of the season.
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