Sutton United will have to put this week’s two frustrating results behind them when they travel to play-off hopefuls Aldershot Town tomorrow (Saturday, March 18).
The U’s threw away a two-goal lead as the game entered injury time against struggling York City at Gander Green Lane last Saturday.
There wasn’t much between the two sides before Nicky Bailey scored with a speculative 30 yard volley with 16 minutes left.
The points seemed to be in the bag when Sean Newton's overhit backpass rolled past York goalkeeper Kyle Letheren into the empty net much to the delight of the majority in a crowd of 2,171.
With the match entering its final stages the visitors reduced the arrears through Scott Fenwick’s header before Yan Klukowski’s fine free-kick rescued a point for the Minstermen in the last seconds.
On Tuesday, high-flying Forest Green Rovers came to Gander Green Lane looking to take revenge for their FA Cup defeat back in October.
Sutton gave a good account of themselves but were undone by two quick goals on the half hour through Mark Ellis and Christian Doidge.
United pressed Rovers’ defence in a second half blighted by poor refereeing decisions and pulled a goal back in the last minute through Keiron Cadogan but it was too little, too late.
Speaking to SUFCtv, manager Paul Doswell was upbeat despite Tuesday’s defeat: “The lads showed great character. It’s just a shame it took so long for us to get a goal because had we scored a bit earlier then the game was really on.
“It was quite an enjoyable game, really, and when you see where they are in the league it shows us in good stead.
“The first half an hour was real nip and tuck with two good passing sides. We had a few half chances but then so did they. But then they got the two quick goals and in football that’s what it’s all about. But I’ve got no complaints with the result.”
The U’s now face two difficult away games. On Saturday they visit play-off chasing Aldershot Town and next Tuesday travel to relegation-threatened Maidstone United.
The Shots are on a decent run of form having lost only once in their last 12 National League fixtures and manager Paul Doswell knows his team face a tough test in Hampshire.
“They’re a decent side and very good at home, so we’ll have to set up well for that one. We’ve got Maidstone next week too, so we’re looking to get something from those games.”
The U’s boss also announced that French midfielder Baboye Traore has gone back to France.
“Baboye didn’t really settle into the squad and English football, so it was a straightforward decision really.
"He wasn’t happy that we wasn’t in the side, so we just took the decision to shake hands on it and he’s now gone back to France.”
Doswell and chairman Bruce Elliott were under the spotlight once again earlier this week at a question and answer session attended by several hundred supporters.
The club used the event to announce its early bird season ticket prices for 2017/18.
Existing season ticket holders can renew at just £99 while new supporters can get one for £125. Season tickets for teenagers are £20 and under 12s £10.
For full details visit suttonunited.net.