Leafe boss Griffin returns to his old stamping ground, but Doswell has the last laugh
At the double: Marvin Williams hit the back of the net twice in the 5-2 Surrey Senior Cup win over Whyteleafe SP70822
Sutton United cruised into the third round of the Surrey Senior Cup after a 5-2 win over Whyteleafe of the Kent League Premier Division on Tuesday night.
Marvin Williams opened his account for the club with two goals, as did Steven Old with one, while Gareth Gwillim bagged a penalty and Rhys Murrell-Williamson got the fifth - United now play Corinthian Casuals.
Whyteleafe’s goals came through former United men Jerson Dos Santos and Michael Abnett.
Doswell rested many first team players, while giving Old, Williams and Anthony Riviere much-needed match time ahead of a return to the first team, as well as running his eye over young prospects for the future.
“It was a fantastic exercise for getting some players match fit, those coming back from injury, and seeing what some of the reserve lads are about,” Doswell said.
“Steven [Old] was out for a month with a problem at the top of his thigh – he came back in for the Dorchester game and was probably man of the match, and I also thought he did very well in the Oxford City game, but he came to me on Saturday and said he felt he needed another sharpner.
“So that’s what we did, Old and Riviere got another hour, and Marvin showed enough in 45 minutes for me to keep him fresh for another day.
“I was very pleased with the first team players as it is very important they show the right attitude to the younger players and that is something this football club has got – it has discipline and a good way about it.”
Former United reserve and youth manager Steve Griffin is now in charge at Whyteleafe, and although he was disappointed with the result, he was pleased to see old faces again.
However, for Griffin the match was also disappointing when Leafe defender Tommy Smith was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg – although scans overnight revealed no break, but severe ligament damage instead.
“It was a game we could have done without if we’re honest,” Griffin said.
"We’re on a good run in the league and we need to concentrate on that.
“That said, when the game starts your competitive nature comes out and you want to win, so I was a little disappointed with some of the goals we conceded.
"But ultimately they are three levels higher than, and they are full-time, so it was always going to be tough.”
He added: “But it was great to be back to my old club, to see some old faces. Unfortunately the likes of Tom Kavanagh and Harry Ottaway that I brought to the club that were not involved tonight, and people like Stefan Payne who I brought to the club were.
“It was a little bit strange to be in the away dressing room to be honest. It would have been to come back and given a better showing, but it was always going to be tough.”
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