Saturday, 26 December 2009

Sutton United Vs Carshalton Athletic PREVIEW

Carshalton Athletic and Sutton United will continue their fierce rivalry come Boxing Day, when the Robins make the short trip to the Borough Sports ground.

A gripping spectacle is always guaranteed whenever the local rivals meet, often attracting some of the biggest crowds in the Ryman League.

And there'll be all to play for, with only four points separating the two sides and with Carshalton looking to follow up their 5-0 demolition of Northwood in the FA Trophy.

Sutton Utd - Form
Sutton currently find themselves placed just outside the playoff berths in 9th, having endured an inconsistent campaign thus far.

Most recently, the Us enjoyed a 1-0 win in the Surrey Senior Cup away to league counterparts Tooting & Mitcham, thanks to a goal from autumn signing Charlie Taylor.

In a game which the Us largely dominated, Paul Doswells team would have been disappointed they didnt score more, having essentially played a 4-2-4 formation and with Tooting down to ten men in the 2nd half.

Sutton's most recent league result, was a dogged 1-1 draw to highflying Kingstonian, albeit following two straight defeats at the hands of Tooting and Hornchurch.

Arguably Sutton's high point of the season so far, has come in the FA Cup, where they tenaciously fought their way to the 1st round proper, before succumbing to Hereford United 2-0.

Carshalton meanwhile, have gone four games without a league win, but a convincing win over Northwood in the FA Trophy would have helped boost morale.

Sutton Utd - Players to watch
Kevin Scriven - An experienced goalkeeper who was a part of the Havant & Waterlooville team that played at Anfield in the FA Cup last year.

Sam Gargan - Sutton United's leading goalscorer, formerly of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Matt Hann - A dynamic right winger, who has football league experience with Peterborough United.

Steve Watts - An experienced striker, who has made over 100 football league appearances. Currently making his way back to full fitness.

The Stats
Carshalton Athletic
-Haven't won in the league since November.
-The Robins have also only won once on their travels in their past six away games.
-Will host Sutton United for the return fixture to Colston Avenue, just eight days after this encounter.

Sutton United
-Have the 2nd highest average home attendance record in the league, behind Dartford, of 560.
- But they've only picked up one win in their past six home matches.
- They have the fourth best defence in the division, based on goals conceded.

The Key Battles
If there is one glaring weakness of Sutton United then it is their lack of firepower up front. So much so, that Sutton boss Paul Doswell admits this: "Talking to the supporters after the game I think they realise that were playing some decent football but that the results have been frustrating. And rather like last season I think if we had a Bobby Traynor or a Richard Jolly, someone to guarantee you twenty goals a season, then we'd be fine," he said after their 1-0 win over Tooting.

Stirker Charlie Taylor was signed from Grays in a bid to cure Sutton's goal scoring troubles and itll be interesting to see how he copes against the likes of Carshalton's Joe Dolan and David Ray.

Meanwhile for the Robins, Richard Jolly and Craig Faulconbridge will be hoping their partnership continues to flourish, having netted 22 goals between them so far this campaign.