Mark Sanders reports on Sutton Coldfield Town FC v Coleshill Town FC
By Alexander Moloney
Sutton bow out of the Southern League Challenge Cup
Sutton fielded a much-changed side on Monday evening with many senior players making way for our juniors. There were some new faces in tonight’s game with Hopkins in goal, Reuben and McNulty.
Sutton were up against it straight from the off with Coleshill having a nice interplay between Webb and Molesworth; the shot was well saved by the goalkeeper. Sutton defended well in the first half with plenty of attacks from Coleshill; with Beresford at the heart of our defence they were quickly blocked out.
Ryan Edmunds was a terrier in attack and terrorised Sutton’s defence at every opportunity. Sutton’s Kieron Dawes had a couple of efforts on goal, one of which cannoned off the post. It was on 43 minutes when Coleshill broke Sutton’s hearts with a shot that hit the bar, rebounded, and then Joe Halsall was there to tap it over the line.
The early part of the second half was again a pretty even battle, this was where Sutton had their best spell of the game; it culminated with Sutton scoring the equalising goal. Palmers free kick was passed to McNulty whose chip to Letford was fired high into the net. A very well worked goal from Sutton. Letford later displayed his football skills with a mazy run which beat 3 or 4 of Coleshill’s players. He avoided several tackles before he was fouled just outside the box; the resulting free kick came to nothing.
Full Time 1 - 1
A draw was a fair result on the night, but there had to be a winner so it went to the lottery of the penalty shoot out to decide the final score. Sutton sadly lost 3:1 on penalties.
Molesworth - Scored
Doyle - Scored
Washbourne - Saved
Edmunds - Scored
Monaghan - Scored
Concannon - Saved
Palmer - Wide of post
McNulty - High over bar