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PREVIEW: Sutton United (A)

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The Terras are back on the road this weekend as they travel to London to face second-placed Sutton United.

Brian Stock’s side were beaten 2-0 on Monday by bottom of the league Barnet. Ben Richards-Everton got the first for the Bees, latching onto a scuffed shot from Lee Vaughn, steering the ball goal bound. Then, early in the second half, Barnet were down to 10 men. Anthony Wordsworth was shown a straight Red Card for a foul on Ollie Harfield. The Terras were pushing for a way back into the game but in the 79th minute, they conceded their second, which killed off hope for a late comeback. Tomi Adeloye charged with the ball through the Weymouth half to be one on one with Ethan Ross. The striker looked up and slotted it in to make it 2-0. Five minutes of added time weren’t enough and Barnet went away victorious.

Sutton United are pushing for a place in the Football League this season with the side currently sitting in second place, 4 points behind leaders Torquay United, with a game in hand. Prior to the game between the top two sides on the 13th April, Saturday’s opponents had been unbeaten in 13 games. However, after Torquay ran out 1-0 winners, the U’s form has dropped slightly, losing 2 games in that period. Their last result was a 3-2 loss to 10 man Notts County. The Magpies snatched the result in the final moments, scoring a 93rd minute penalty.

The Yellows have been prolific in front of goal this season, so far scoring 61 goals, the third-best tally in the league. Currently, Isaac Olaofe and Harry Beautyman are leading the way in the scoring charts for the side. The latter notching the goals up from midfield used to ply his trade for Football League sides Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Stevenage. This is his second spell with Sutton, as Beautyman played at Gander Green Lane between 2011-13. Olaofe has done well for the side. The striker has scored 12 goals so far this season and is on loan from Championship side Millwall.

The last time the 2 sides met was back in October, with Sutton running out 1-0 winners. The Terras were holding strong until the 80th minute when Randall tapped in the goal. Terras keeper Jack Bycroft had made a string of excellent saves before this and Jack Hoey was close to scoring at the death but Weymouth could not get any points.

Overall, one would expect Sutton to press Weymouth from the get-go. The U’s are pushing for that promotion but after the off paced performance on Monday, Stock’s side will be going all out to prove a point against Sutton. It must also be noted that the Terras have claimed a few table-topping scalps already this season making Saturday a mouth-watering game to watch.