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06 August 2019 Venue Knights Community Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Sutton United (A) - Vanarama National League

6 August 2019

The Bees hit the road for the first time this season as they make the trip to Sutton United tonight.

Darren Currie’s side will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce after clinching a 1-0 win against Yeovil Town on the opening day at the weekend.

Simeon Akinola won a penalty on the hour mark before the forward stepped up and slotted the ball home to net the only goal of the game.

The Opposition:

Sutton finished 10th in the National League last season, five points ahead of the Bees.

The U’s, who have never played in the Football League, are embarking on their fourth season in the fourth tier after winning promotion from the National League South in 2016.

Sutton will have promotion in their sights this campaign and it was only a year ago since they finished in a play-off spot, clinching third in their highest ever league position.

Similarly to Barnet, the U’s also got off to a winning start on Saturday. Travelling to Hartlepool United, they emerged 3-1 winners courtesy of a Harry Beautyman brace and a stoppage time sealer from new signing Will Randall.

The latter, who joined the club in July, is one of many summer arrivals, including Rob Milsom from Notts County and Bromley’s Omar Bugiel.

There was also a managerial change for the U’s as Matt Gray was named boss following the departure of Paul Doswell and interim reign of Ian Baird.

Manager: Matt Gray

After initially joining as head coach in December 2018, the 37-year-old was named Sutton boss in May, embarking on his first ever managerial position.

Prior to his arrival at Gander Green Lane, he took up number two roles at Eastleigh, Aldershot Town and Crawley Town respectively.

As a player, Gray began his career at Tottenham Hotspur before going on to play for Cardiff City, Hayes and Havant & Waterlooville.

However, his playing career was cut short after he was forced to hang up his boots due to injury.

Top Scorer: Harry Beautyman

After netting twice already this season, midfielder Beautyman is the league’s joint-top scorer with Dover’s Alfie Pavey.

The 27-year-old first joined the U’s in 2011 in a spell which lasted two years. Fast forward to January 2018 and Beautyman was back at Gander Green Lane after spells with Welling United, Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Stevenage respectively.

Joining mid-way through the 2017/18 season, the midfielder would go on to net once in 14 appearances before extending that tally to four last time around.

It was during his first spell at Sutton that Beautyman was called upon for the England C team, making his debut in 2013.

Last Time Out:

The last time these two sides met was in February as both teams had to settle for a goalless draw at Gander Green Lane in the National League.

For ticket details, click here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Sutton United 1-1 Barnet

6 August 2019

The Bees had to settle for a point in their second game of the season as they were held by Sutton United at the Knights Community Stadium.

Simeon Akinola scored his second goal from the spot in as many games as Darren Currie’s side led at the break.

However, a Harry Beautyman second half strike meant the Bees find themselves on four points from the opening two National League fixtures.

A cagey opening 20 minutes saw both sides use a lot of endeavour without actually creating a clear opening on goal, both came into the game on the back of confidence boosting opening day wins.

With 32 minutes on the clock the Bees had a penalty shout, as David Tutonda went down in the area, however referee James Durkin waved away the appeal.

But five minutes later the visitors did have a spot kick, Dan Sparkes did excellently to find Akinola who was denied by Butler. However, the rebound fell to Tutonda who was clearly fouled and a penalty was awarded.

Akinola stepped up and calmly slotted his penalty away just as he did against Yeovil last Saturday as he netted on his birthday.

That was enough to see the Bees go in at the break ahead in an otherwise uneventful first half in the South London sunshine.

Just four minutes after the break it should have been two as Sparkes struck the upright after he was beautifully played in by Che Alexander. The winger had plenty of time but couldn’t convert his effort.

At the other end Jack Taylor had to clear off the line following a goal bound header from a Sutton corner.

Akinola had a great chance to get his second of the evening, as J Taylor found him brilliantly but the striker smashed his shot high and wide.

The Bees were punished on 58 minutes as Beautyman lofted over Scott Loach to bring the hosts level.

The equaliser seemed to breathe new life into United as they started to put the pressure on the Bees backline. The hosts looked very dangerous from set pieces, as Jamie Collins powered consecutive headers just over the bar.

J Taylor saw a long range effort skim narrowly wide of the left hand post as the game started to open up as the sides entered the last 15 minutes.

Bees keeper Loach did well to stop a powerful drive from Sutton scorer Beautyman as the hosts went in search for a decisive goal.

Despite late pressure from both sides, neither could snatch all three points in an even game in South London.

Attentions now turn to Saturday’s trip to Notts County (17:20 KO), as the Bees will look to build on their unbeaten start to the season.


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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Sutton United

5 August 2019

Tickets for our National League fixture with Sutton United are now available at a discounted price if you buy online!

Ticket Details are as follows:

Online Prices:
Adult £15
Concession £8
Juniors (11-18) £4
Under-11s FREE

Cash Admission:
Adult £17
Concession £10
Juniors (11-18) £5
Under-11s FREE

To purchase online, click HERE.

You have until midnight this evening to claim your online discount.

Please note, this match is segregated.

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