Town made the long trip north to the home of Banstead Athletic on Wednesday evening to face Sutton Common Rovers in their FA Cup Preliminary Round replay. Manager Gerry Murphy made three changes to Saturday’s game with Josh Bradley, Max Howell and Joe Fitzpatrick all unavailable but had returning captain Alex Gathern available after recently getting married, Austin Okolo returning from injury, youngest Ben Spano and new signing Luis Morton all coming into the squad. The host started quickly, as they did in the first tie and Town got off to the worst start when in the third minute, Dunstan-Digweed won the ball in the middle of the park and drove at the Steyning backline only to slide the ball through to Butler who smashed past Secka in the Town goal.
And it was that man Butler again who added to his tally when on the 25th minute he was put clear just on the edge of Town’s penalty area and confidently slotted past the advancing keeper.
Town were now up against it and it got worse ten minutes later when SCR played some nice football down the left wing, and as the ball found its way to Murphy-McVey who was starting to pull the strings, he clipped a delightful ball over the Town defence for the onrushing Henry to nip past Rob Clark and smash home a beautiful volley, giving Secka no chance.
That seemed to crush Town spirit and it went from bad to worse a minute later when Brown picked up a loose ball 40 yards out, took a few steps and let fly a thunder bolt that nestled into the bottom corner.
Like Saturday’s game, Town came out and gave it a go with chances falling to Bobby Bennett, George Cousins and Maychol Sabino but never really looked like getting back into the game. A disappointing end to Town’s FA Cup advantage but all credit to SCR and we wish them well in the next round. Town return to league action over the bank holiday weekend with a trip to Hassock and a home tie against Pagham.
Team: Alieu Secka, Rob Clark, Alex Gathern, Scott Murphy, Andy Younger, Maychol Sabino, Tom Bold, Scott Faber (Austin Okolo), Ben Spano, Bobby Bennett (Luis Morton), George Cousins, Unused: Jordan Hawkins