Sutton Veterans 1 Burgh Town 1

Burgh entered this game on the back of a couple of very good performances but failed to start off in the same form.

The first ten minutes were very scrappy as both teams struggled to get their foot on the ball.

Sutton looked lively on the attack, with Gavin Till causing all sorts of problems with his pace. Ryan ‘Rocky’ Beresford found himself in the referee’s book after bringing him down with a rash challenge.

Man of the match Charlie Carter and Shaun Wathall eventually began to get control of the game and Burgh began to string some passes together.

Nyle Miller started a good break from the back which saw Craig Rawlinson pick out Holmes who crossed the ball to Houlston only for him to shoot wide.

Over the next ten minutes Burgh were the better of the two sides with Houlston, Holmes and Devlin having shots saved.

Sutton counter attacked, but a superb save from Ben Taylor denied them. He then launched the ball forward, Carter controlled and passed wide to Holmes whose good first touch saw him gain a yard of space on his marker and he drilled the ball hard and low to the keeper’s left and into the bottom corner.

After the goal Burgh seemed to lose their way a little and when Stamp pulled down his man it was only the acrobatics of Taylor between the sticks that kept the score 1-0 at half time.

Stand-in manager Mark Pellow made a few changes for the second half and the introduction of Rob Marshall and Jason Scutt seemed to add a little more urgency to Town’s performance.

Some good football was played, the best of which saw Rawlinson put Houlston in the clear, he ran onto the through ball but fired wide.

Pellow made his final substitution, bringing on Lanzetta to try and get that all-important second goal, but the pace of Sutton’s Till once again troubled Burgh’s defence and he finally got the goal he deserved, giving Taylor no chance.

Shaun Wathall picked up Town’s second yellow of the afternoon during a scrappy last ten minutes.

With time running out a last ditch tackle from captain Arun Gray secured a point for the visitors.

This week’s match was sponsored by Spar Stores (Burgh).

On Saturday Burgh Town are at home to first division side Tetney in the Tim Sales Charity Trophy at Marsh Lane, Burgh. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Caption - Burgh goalscorer Malc Holmes. Photo supplied.