Sutton leapfrog Cadbury Heath to move into second spot
Cadbury Heath 0 Bishop Sutton 3
A change of venue could not put Bishop Sutton off their stride as they beat fellow high-flyers Cadbury Heath on Saturday to replace them in second place in the Toolstation Premier Division.
The fixture was due to be played at Sutton but melting snow left the pitch waterlogged and hard work by the Cadbury groundstaff ensured the match could be switched to their ground, with the two teams now scheduled to meet at Sutton on February 19.
Sutton started sluggishly and were on the back foot for the first 25 minutes but gradually got into the game.
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On 39 minutes, former Sutton keeper Simon Crawford pulled off a good save low down to his right to deny Jordan Metters, while the only other first-half chances fell to Will Hailston, who shot narrowly wide, and Billy Downes, who headed over from Scott Huxtable's cross.
Sutton took the game to their hosts after the break with some good interplay and promising attacks. The breakthrough came on 63 minutes when good skill by Pete Sheppard on the left produced a perfect centre for Metters to collect and put away.
The lead was doubled seven minutes later when Metters picked up the ball 35 yards out and cleverly drove through the Heathens' defence to score an impressive solo goal.
Liam Farmer came off the bench on 77 minutes and his fresh legs soon enabled him to make progress down the right before crossing for Sheppard to score Sutton's third.
Jack Durrant and Kyle Shallcross impressed in midfield but Metters picked up the man of the match award.
Radstock Town suffered a third successive defeat last Saturday as they went down 5-0 at Street, who moved up to fourth place as a result.
Mistakes from visiting keeper Omar Lindsay allowed Street to take a two-goal lead after 15 minutes, both scored by Jake Mawford.
A penalty given after a goalmouth melee allowed Steve Murray to make it 3-0 after the break and Mawford completed his hat-trick before Murray netted again to round off the scoring.
Sutton were due to host Melksham Town on Tuesday night but the match was postponed.
On Saturday, Sutton travel to Bristol Manor Farm and Radstock host Bridport (both 3pm).
In Division 1, Welton Rovers fell to a 2-1 defeat at Almondsbury UWE at the weekend.
After falling behind in the 12th minute, Welton levelled through Paul Banks nine minutes after half-time.
Chances were few and far between but Almondsbury grabbed a second goal and Rovers, who had a player sent off, were not able to force a second equaliser.
Welton have two home games this week, against Bradford Town on Saturday (3pm) and Portishead Town on Tuesday (7.30pm).
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