Sutton tighten their grip
By Somerset Guardian | Thursday, February 28, 2013, 09:00
TOOLSTATION LEAGUE Having found their way to the top of the Premier Division table for the first time in the club's history, Bishop Sutton showed no signs of being knocked off their perch as they won 2-0 at fourth-placed Street on Saturday.
Bishop Sutton (blue) attempt to stop Street in their tracks on the way to a 2-0 Toolstation Premier Division win at the Tannery Ground PICTURE: Jason Bryant
The home side came out firing on all cylinders and put the Sutton defence under pressure but captain Sam Payne, Nathan Loader, Luke Andrews and Billy Downes held firm, helped by a top-class save early on by keeper Ashley Clark.
Sutton went ahead against the run of play after ten minutes when a flowing move started by right-back Payne saw Jordan Metters cross for Will Hailston to skilfully control the ball and apply a neat finish.
The second half continued in a similar vein as Street put the visitors on the back foot but Sutton doubled their advantage 15 minutes from time when Darren Hawkins ran down the left from the halfway line, beating several defenders before scoring with ease.
Centre-back Loader was named man of the match as Sutton saw out the victory.
Sutton are three points clear of second-placed Brislington, with two games in hand, going into Saturday's trip to Willand Rovers.
Meanwhile, Radstock Town continued their good recent run with an impressive 5-1 victory at Winterbourne United on Saturday.
Isaac Reid netted twice and there was a goal apiece for Luke Hall-Cousins, Bobby Medjedoub and Jordan Townsley, lifting the Miners to 11th place.
In Division 1, Welton Rovers picked up a much-needed victory as they won 2-0 at home to Cribbs Friends Life on Tuesday night.
On Saturday, a Rovers fightback fell just short as they lost 5-3 at Keynsham Town.
Welton found themselves 4-0 down but two goals from Jamie Mines and one from Collins narrowed the gap before Keynsham added a fifth.