Sutton United show new boys how it is done in the Skrill South
Sutton United saw off the threat of Skrill South new boys Whitehawk 2-1 thanks to second half goals from Jamie Stuart and Craig Dundas.
It would have been more but for an impressive display in the Hawks goal from keeper Chris Winterton.
The tone was set early on, with Dale Binns, starting the game on the right and given the chance to cut in, drifting across the penalty area and hit a low shot which clipped the outside of the post.
United’s best chance came in the 17th minute and Binns was again involved, playing a pass through that was ignored by a clearly offside Dundas, but Jamie Taylor, equally clearly onside as he ran from deep, found himself through with just Winterton to beat, but his shot lacked conviction and the keeper saved with his legs.
Taylor tested Winterton again with a snap shot which the keeper clutched comfortably to his right as Sutton dominated, but the visitors did manufacture a chance when Michael Boateng, being used as a right winger against his former club, swung in a deep cross that was met at the far post by Lewis Taylor whose header bounced up and over the bar.
Play was mainly at the other end, though, and after Anthony Riviere, enjoying another fine game, had a run at the defence.
Williams exchanged passes with Taylor before a low shot on the turn drew Winterton’s best save of the game low to his left.
Before the interval the keeper had saved again from Williams, and gathered a well-struck long range effort from Sam Rents, and his efforts were almost rewarded on the stroke of half time when a long throw in from the right was flicked on, and Tommy Fraser hooked a shot inches wide.
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The breakthrough came in the 50th minute, when Boateng tripped Williams on the left, and the two most experienced players in the Sutton line-up gave a set-piece masterclass - Paul Telfer’s delivery from the free kick was matched by Stuart’s crunching header.
United were even more dominant in the second half, with Whitehawk unable to cause a serious threat.
United boss Paul Doswell introduced Dean McDonald and Damian Scannell into the action and McDonald immediately received the ball from a throw in, showed some superb close control to jink past three defenders in the penalty area, and cut back a low cross which Dundas turned in off the post.
That settled the destination of the points, and United's second consecutive clean sheet was only threatened by a self-inflicted moment as Tom Lovelock took a swing and a miss from a Telfer passback, but recovered to produce an excellent tackle inside the six-yard box to prevent Jake Robinson from taking advantage.
United go to Tonbridge Angels this weekend.
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