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Match Preview: Sutton United

18 March 2022

After a professional and deserved win in midweek, Rovers look to make it three wins on the bounce in Sky Bet League Two with a trip to Sutton United.

It’s a quick turnaround from the win over 10-man Harrogate Town and games are going to come thick and fast in what is likely to be a grand-stand finish in the fourth tier with the final standings likely to go to the wire.

Rovers currently sit in fourth position and trail second-placed Northampton Town by just a point, meaning should results go Rovers’ way, a win could see them climb back into the automatic promotion spots this weekend.

As for the hosts, Sutton will be looking to avoid a third loss on the bounce after losing their last two league encounters with Walsall and Swindon Town which both respectively ended in defeat.

It has however been a positive month for the club after reaching the EFL trophy final after beating League One promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic in the semi-final on penalties.

It will be Sutton’s first trip to Wembley in 41 years as they face third tier outfit Rotherham United and will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. 

Team News:

Paul Glatzel has unfortunately been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Kieron Morris remains out with a shoulder injury whilst Jay Spearing has continued his recovery this week

One to Watch: David Ajiboye

After coming through the ranks at Brighton & Hove Albion, David Ajiboye is Sutton United’s top scorer this season and has been someone who’s played a part in the brilliant rise of the former National League side.

He was part of the side which saw Sutton promoted into the EFL for the first time and was named in the National League team of the season that year. 

With 10 goal contributions so far this campaign, Ajiboye will be hopeful that he can add to his tally and help boost his side as they look to claim a play-off spot as they currently sit three points behind seventh-placed Bristol Rovers with a game in hand.

Manager: Matt Gray

Gray was appointed as one of the coaches at Sutton United in late 2018 and promoted into a manager role in May 2019. 

He oversaw the huge success Sutton enjoyed during his second season in charge at Gander Green Lane, winning the National League title and getting Sutton into the football league for the first time in their 123-year history. 

This season has seen Gray’s men surprise many teams within the fourth tier and they’ve been a credit to themselves and the club as they mount a late play-off push alongside their Wembley final which have both been great achievements.

Match Coverage:

Live commentary is available on iFollow for just £2.50 by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

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