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Preview: Sutton (H)

6 December 2019

We host Sutton United on Saturday as we look to bring an end to our four-match winless run in the Vanarama National League.

We’ve reduced ticket prices for the game and hope to see a good crowd at Meadow Lane for our final home match before Christmas.

A last-gasp Boreham Wood equaliser in our last league match, coupled with other teams' recent results, mean we've slipped to 11th and are looking to close the gap on the play-offs with a victory.

Sutton, on the other hand, have won three of their last four, including back-to-back successes on their most recent two outings.

A week ago, they beat Harrogate to climb out of the dropzone and will hope to kick on.

There is plenty for both sides to play for and hopefully there’ll be a big crowd to see what’s in store.

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The boss says…

“The more home fans we get in creating an atmosphere that’s not pleasant for the opposition, the better chance we’ve got of going on a run.

“Like most teams visiting us, Sutton will try to quieten the crowd. As a team and as fans, we all need to say no to that because we want to get Meadow Lane back to the fortress it was.

“We know what’s cost us of late and the numbers speak for themselves. We create chances, but in our last six we’ve conceded 14, whereas in the previous six we conceded four.

“We know what we need to try and do to rectify it, so the players have to focus and execute.”

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Team news

Jim O’Brien has returned to full training but Ardley thinks this weekend may come too soon for him to have any involvement, with our Buildbase FA Trophy clash at Chesterfield looking more likely for his returnn

The same goes for Alex Lacey, who is still awaiting his debut after a hamstring injury hampered his pursuit of full fitness following his recent arrival.

Our former player Rob Milsom will be hoping for a return to the Meadow Lane pitch on Saturday, but he’s been sidelined recently, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be into contention.

Meanwhile, Sutton striker Tommy Wright has scored three in two games and will want to add to that this weekend.

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Head to head

Sutton have visited Meadow Lane just once before as we recorded a 3-2 win in the FA Cup back in 1994.

This season’s reverse fixture finished 1-1 at Gander Green Lane, with Kyle Wootton netting his first for the club to earn us a point.

The officials

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Assistants: Blake Antrobus and Michael D'Aguilar

Fourth official: Luis Martin

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Match Reports

Notts 1-1 Sutton

Thomas strike cancelled out as we share the points

7 December 2019

We drew 1-1 with Sutton United in front of over 5,600 supporters at Meadow Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Wes Thomas gave us a deserved lead after 14 minutes, turning home a low cross from Enzio Boldewijn, and we kept the visitors at arms-length for much of the opening 45.

The game struggled to get going in the second half, with much of the contest played out in midfield, but, inside the final 15, the U's levelled through Harry Beautyman, who also scored in our meeting earlier this season.

Neal Ardley selected the same XI that started against Boreham Wood in our last home game. That meant there was just one change from our Emirates FA Cup loss at Northampton, with Regan Booty dropping to the bench as Sean Shields returned on the left side of midfield.

Seconds after Sutton striker Omar Bugiel had shown good speed and strength on the right flank before shooting wide, it was the incoming winger who claimed the game's first effort on target, but Nikola Tsanev was able to hold onto his seventh-minute strike from the edge of the box.

Moments later, a Mitch Rose long throw dropped kindly for Richard Brindley just outside the area and he caught the ball well on the volley, but it deflected wide off Kyle Wootton.

Rose himself had the chance to open the scoring with 13 played, but he fired wide after Michael Doyle had teed him up on the edge of the area following Shields' free-kick.

But we did take the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, when Thomas clinically converted our next opening. 

Ben Turner's long ball forward was headed into Boldewijn's path by a Sutton defender and the Dutchman drove at Ben Wyatt, forcing him to back-pedal into his own area. The winger had him guessing which way he'd go before he chose to take the full back on around the outside and drove a low ball across the six-yard box, which Thomas turned home for his eighth of the campaign.

Beautyman drove a free-kick into the wall and David Ajiboye saw a couple of dangerous crossed cleared to safety as we denied the U's an immediate response. 

After weathering the brief storm, we went in pursuit of a second as we worked the ball around neatly in midfield before Boldewijn released Brindley on the right wing. He whipped a cross into Thomas at the front post, who flicked goalwards on the volley but Tsanev made the save low to his left.

A spate of knocks affected the pace of the game, and it wasn't until the 36th minute that the next opening came, when we struggled to clear our lines and a miscued Boldewijn header presented Sutton with possession on the edge of our area. They worked it to Beautyman, but his 20-yard shot was easily saved by Sam Slocombe. 

Ajiboye blazed over following Rose's excellent sliding challenge on Beautyman, as we continued to restrict the visitors to efforts from distance.

Three minutes were added on for stoppages, during which Shields' deep-free kick just evaded Turner at the back post and Kyel Reid's low 20-yard shot was comfortably held by Slocombe, before the referee called time on the opening period.

The sides reemerged unchanged but an injury to Louis John quickly slowed the tempo of the half and it became a stop-start affair.

The Sutton defender was fit to carry on and his next involvement was to pick up a yellow card for hauling down Wootton on the edge of the area. Damien McCrory stepped up to try and double our lead, but whipped his effort narrowly off target.

Shields was forced off with an injury on 73 minutes and Booty came on in his place.

His first involvement was to whip a corner into Connell Rawlinson, whose glancing header went just wide of the far post.

The near-miss seemed to spark the visitors into life and Tommy Wright beat Slocombe to a ball over the top before crossing to the back post, where Brindley made an important intervention. 

That proved to be only a temporary let-off, however, as a high ball into our area wasn't dealt with and it broke for Beautyman, who finished well from a tight angle with 76 on the clock.

Kristian Dennis replaced Thomas three minutes later, but Sutton were next to go close when skipper Craig Eastmond picked up a loose ball and dropped his shoulder to work space for a shot from the edge - he dragged it narrowly wide.

Booty's free-kick was pushed away by Tsanev, but Doyle drove it back in on the volley and forced the keeper into an alert save as both sides chased a winner, and Rose was booked for a foul on Eastmond 30 yards from goal - the free-kick came to nothing. 

Four minutes were added on for either side to turn one point into three, during which Booty fired over a set piece from just outside the box as the teams shared the spoils.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Sutton (H)

It's easiest to buy online

7 December 2019

Adult tickets for this afternoon's home game against Sutton United (3pm) are priced only £12!

Please note – this fixture is not included in half-season tickets, which become active for our Boxing Day game against Maidenhead United.

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Category Matchday price
Adult £12
65 and over £7
Under 21 £7
Under 16 £1
Under 7* Free

*Not available online

Supporters under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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This match is the latest opportunity for season ticket holders who have not already used their voucher to claim a free extra ticket.

The easiest way is online. Simply log in to your account, select this fixture, choose a seat in any home area of the stadium and select the ‘Bring a Friend’ price bracket. You will then have the option to receive the additional ticket by post, as an e-ticket or in person at the ticket office/club shop.

Alternatively, visit the ticket office/club shop or call 0115 955 7210.

Click here for a full list of Bring a Friend fixtures for the 2019-20 season.

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Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

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Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check their suitability.

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