VER­DICT: Of­ten these games can be more awk­ward than the league ta­ble sug­gests but once in front, Sut­ton com­fort­ably saw off a Guise­ley side that look des­tined for the drop

TI­TLE-CHAS­ING Sut­ton United cruised to vic­tory while pil­ing on the mis­ery for man­ager­less base­ment boys Guise­ley.

Things might have been dif­fer­ent had Jamie But­ler not pro­duced a su­perb save to deny John Rooney in the first half, but af­ter Terell Thomas opened the scor­ing, Paul Doswell’s side never looked back.

By­ron Har­ri­son, Craig East­mond and one from Harry Beau­ty­man en­sured a rou­tine three points.

“We were prob­a­bly a bit ap­pre­hen­sive be­fore­hand as it is a game you’re ex­pected to win,” U’s boss Paul Doswell said. “They [Guise­ley] had a good re­sult at Fylde on Tues­day night and that would have def­i­nitely lifted them com­ing here.

“We thought we’d have to be pa­tient but in the end, it was a com­fort­able vic­tory and it could have been a few more.

“It was a good team per­for­mance, not the best we’ve played by some way. We need to keep clock­ing these games off and keep­ing the pres­sure on. We can only do our bit.”

Per­haps feel­ing the ef­fects of their mid­week trip to Torquay, Sut­ton started slowly and af­ter Kieran Cado­gan’s shot was just about held by Guise­ley keeper Cod­ding­ton,

But­ler cru­cially tipped wide Rooney’s ex­cel­lent ef­fort from range at the other end.

Sut­ton, how­ever, soon kicked into gear and took the lead on 34 min­utes when the Guise­ley de­fence failed to deal with Cado­gan’s long throw and cen­tre-back Thomas had the easy task of tap­ping in from close range.

Mo­ments later, an­other Cado­gan throw caused panic in the area but this time Louis John’s shot was cleared off the line.

With Sut­ton in full flow, Tom Bo­lar­inwa’s driv­ing run ended in his shot be­ing tipped over by Cod­ding­ton and then John had a shot saved low.

The home side picked up from where they left off in the sec­ond half and af­ter a mix-up in de­fence, Har­ri­son was left to fin­ish into an empty net.

Soon it was three – Bo­lar­inwa ghost­ing to the by­line be­fore cut­ting the ball back for East­mond to sweep home.

Re­lent­less Sut­ton saw Wal­ton’s header cleared off the line and then sub Tommy Wright struck a post.

Beau­ty­man saved the best for last, scor­ing di­rectly from a cor­ner which looped over Cod­ding­ton and in off the far post for num­ber four. Liburd twice fired off-tar­get to res­cue any sort of con­so­la­tion for the vis­i­tors, who re­main 11 points adrift of safety. Care­taker player-man­ager Sean St Ledger said: “We came in at half-time re­ally happy with the per­for­mance and dis­ap­pointed we were be­hind. We had matched one of the best teams in the league. “Ev­ery goal was avoid­able. The dif­fer­ence be­tween Tues­day and to­day was the mis­takes. We won’t get rel­e­gated los­ing to the likes of Sut­ton but we’ve got some big games com­ing up against the sides around us.” On stay­ing in charge of the Lions, he added: “I’m tak­ing it game by game and if the owner finds some­one else to do the job then that’s fine, I’ll go back to be­ing a player. “If he wants me to con­tinue to do it, then I will.”

STAR MAN: Terell Thomas (Sut­ton) ATT: 1,915 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Sam Purkiss 7/10

PIC­TURE: Paul Lough­lin

SLOT­TED: Terell Thomas strikes to open the scor­ing

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