Cards undone by title chasing Sutton

Sutton United moved to the top of the National League after defeating Woking in front of the BT Sport cameras at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday.

The hosts took an early lead through Louis John before the Cards drew level with a Charlie Cooper spot kick. Two second half strikes from Donovan Wilson and David Ajiboye put Sutton in control before Joe Leslie pulled a goal back for Woking in the dying minutes.

Sutton opened the scoring in the fifth minute from a corner which Woking failed to deal with when John popped up to guide the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Despite this early setback, Woking equalised in the 24th minute when a long throw in from Jack Cook was handled in the area by Omar Bougile, with Cooper confidently despatching away the penalty kick.

The hosts responded with Harry Beautyman hitting the bar late in the half with the sides going into the break at 1-1.

Beautyman had a fine chance to restore the hosts lead but was denied by a fine save from Craig Ross. However, it wasn’t long before the home side re took the lead when a lovely flick from Bougiel fell nicely into the path of the Bath City loanee Wilson to drill the ball into the corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Six minutes later increased their advantage when a free kick fell to Ajiboye who thumped the ball into the back of the net to give the hosts a firm grip of the game.

Sutton always looked in control, but with two minutes remaining Leslie gave Woking some hope of salvaging a draw when he cut inside and sent a shot into the bottom corner of the net to set up a grandstand finish.

The hosts managed to fend of any further threats to move to the top of the table with a one-point lead over Torquay. For Woking it meant another loss which now has stretched to nine games in a row for the Surrey side.

Sutton United  3   Woking  1

Vanarama National League  Tuesday  11th May 2021

By Peter Moore