PERFECT START FOR SUTTON SENDS THEM TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE
In the only game of the week, home side Sutton Coldfield Town faced Kidlington in The Greens first match of the SLFA season.
It was the home side who started the better of the two sides and could have even been a goal up inside the first five minutes. After controlling the ball on the edge of the Kidlington box and getting a kind bounce of a defender, Abdullah Nimaga managed to bundle his way into the opposition box. The angle was a bit too tight for the Sutton Coldfield attacker and he couldn’t hit the target.
Sutton were on the front foot for the majority of the first half and could have made it count after 14 minutes. Lewis Brady started the move with a lovely chipped through ball to Juvani Mbepe on the left wing. His cross was blocked by a Kidlington defender, but Mbepe nearly seized upon the deflection before the ball was cleared behind for a corner.
The home side had another chance on 28 minutes after a dangerous looking cross from the right-hand side by Ellis Turley wasn’t fully cleared by the Kidlington defence. Nimaga latched onto the loose ball and got off a shot that was blocked, but only as far as Mbepe on the edge of the box. With a tightly placed pass, he played in Enes Muca on the right wing who whipped a cross in but the keeper was able to claim it.
Despite not seeing a lot of the ball in the first half, Kidlington didn’t allow Sutton Coldfield to dictate the game and defended well, not giving away any clear cut chances in the first half.
Half time: Sutton Coldfield Town 0-0 Kidlington
Sutton Coldfield Town continued to see the majority of the ball after the interval and had a chance to take the lead on 53 minutes. Nimaga picked the ball up on the left flank and cut inside on to his right foot. He put in a surging cross from deep that found Muca arriving late. He managed to get his head on it but dropped kindly for the Kidlington keeper.
The first big chance of the second half came after 63 when Sutton were awarded a penalty after Joe Kindala was brought down in the Kidlington area. Sutton’s captain, Lewis Brady stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, slotting it into the bottom-left corner.
Kidlington nearly salvaged a point towards the end of the game after piling on the pressure. A curling corner kick from the left-hand side was whipped in and missed everyone on the way through, forcing the back-post defender to head the ball away from danger.
Full Time: Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 Kidlington