Sutton United 3-0 Crawley Town, League Two: report, ratings and verdict


Sutton United 4-4-2



Crawley Town 3-4-3

Half Time: 2 - 0 Gander Green Lane ( Attendance: 3,109 (459) )
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Sutton United continued their scintillating home form with a comfortable 3-0 win over an inept Crawley Town to edge closer to securing a League Two Play-Off place.

It only took four minutes for the Us to go ahead, Alistair Smith shaking off Tom Nichols before releasing a venomous effort past Glenn Morris following a headed pass from Harry Beautyman.

Three minutes later, set-piece specialist Robert Milsom curled a teasing ball into the area which was met by the right boot of Richie Bennett – again- leaving Crawley keeper Morris with no chance.

The remainder of the half was all Sutton – Will Randall having an opportunity to make it three a minute before the interval but failing to beat Morris with his close-range one-on-one effort.

Sutton continued to dominate after the break with Donovan Wilson brilliantly keeping a long ball alive with a clever header to beat Tony Craig and rounding the goalkeeper only to fail to keep his finish down.

However, Smith grabbed his second five minutes from time with another fierce strike from the left side of the box to seal a comprehensive victory.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Alistair Smith’s early goal erased any Crawley game plan with Sutton taking total control from then on in.

Moan of the Match

Alistair Smith needlessly tormenting the Crawley away end after the third goal provoked an unsavoury reaction from a small section of their support in what was otherwise a positive away following.

Talking Point

Two games left and a two point advantage over eighth-placed Swindon Town, will anything less than maximum points jeopardise Sutton’s promotion push?

Man of the Match

Alistair Smith – two tremendous goals matched by a solid performance in the middle of the park overall.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Sam Allison (Wiltshire) – a quiet evening for the man in the middle, with no major decisions to make on the pitch for either side.


The home side were their usual vocal self while Crawley added to the occasion despite not having much to sing about.


A thoroughly deserved three points for Sutton United against a lacklustre Crawley side which further enhances their Play-Off credentials.

Line Ups

Sutton United 4-4-2

Bouzanis; Barden (Kouassi, 90), Goodliffe, John, Milsom; Ajiboye, Beautyman, Smith, Randall (Boldewijn, 81); Wilson (Olaofe, 78), Bennett

Subs not used:

Nelson, Wyatt, Rowe, Davis



Crawley Town 3-4-3

Morris; Tunnicliffe, Craig (Marshall, 69), Lynch; Davies, Francomb, Hessenthaler, Ferry; Nadesan, Nichols, Oteh (Hutchinson, 63)

Subs not used:

Seymour, Gallacher, Francilette, Kastrati


Davies, Oteh, Nadesan

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