The RRG Toyota Silsden sponsored Sutton 14 B were looking to do the double over a Bingley side who were there for a beating. After playing them off the park in the away fixture The Yellows should have been full of confidence going into this game. Sutton were attacking the Clayton Hall end in the 1st half although they didn’t do much attacking as they were really slow out of the blocks. The Yellows had to ring the changes with a couple of players missing but this was no excuse for what was a very lacklustre 1st half performance. There were some good moments as Reece Bithell and Brett Parkin linked up well down the right side and Callum Filkin looked dangerous down the left. Unfortunately despite some good play they didn’t create any clear chances for Chloe Hodge who was playing as the lone striker. Bingley took the lead after they had won a corner after 7 minutes and unfortunately Sutton were once again caught ball watching as the cross bobbled along the 6 yard box and the Bingley midfielder had all the time in the world to pick his spot giving Leon no chance. The visitors could have added more goals but for some good last ditch defending from Thomas Harrison, Reece Bithell, Greg Riddiough and Charlie Crook. Both Reece and Thomas were having good games as they were kept busy. Reece switched to centre back as Thomas switched to the right so Sutton could deal with the threat of Bingley’s tall centre forward. The home side thought they’d pulled level 3 minutes before half time as Ewan Hanbury-Wallace beat the keeper only to see his shot hit the side netting. Somehow Sutton were only 0 v 1 down at half time but they had their defence and keeper to thank for that. The Yellows came out for the 2nd half looking like a totally different team after having a good long talking to at half time. In fact Bingley were left waiting a couple of minutes as they received their telling off! Sutton were now playing fast flowing football taking quick dead balls to keep up the momentum. This had the desired effect as both Callum and Chloe went close to scoring early in the 2nd half. Unfortunately though it was the visitors who scored 1st much against the run of play. The Reds had a speculative shot from outside the area which took a lucky deflection and flew over Leon into the top corner of the goal. Sutton really didn’t deserve that after how they had played in the first 5 minutes of that 2nd half. The Yellows didn’t let their heads drop though and carried on working hard and making sure they were 1st to every ball. 12 minutes into the 2nd half and they were back in the game as a good through ball found Chloe who's shot was well saved but the ball fell to Ewan on the edge of the area and he smashed his shot onto the cross bar. This time the ball landed at the feet of Jacob Stephens who's well struck shot flew into the net for his 1st ever goal for Sutton Juniors. At 1 v 2 Bingley were rattled and they were starting to argue with the ref and their own coach. 2 minutes later and Chloe was through again as she chased down a through ball she lobbed the advancing Bingley stopper and just when it looked the game would be all square a Bingley defender chased back and cleared off the line. It’s a shame we don’t have goal line technology as I’m sure the whole of the ball had crossed the whole of the line but the ref made what was probably the sensible decision of no goal. Callum then went close twice more as he caused panic in the visitors defence but both shots missed the target. Sutton were well on top now and it was surly only a matter of time before they would pull level. With 7 minutes remaining Ewan was 1st to a clearance and he drove down the centre of the pitch from the edge of the centre circle. He went past half of the opposition players as he made his way to the edge of the penalty area. He then had sight of goal and curled his powerful shot past the keeper and into the goal. What a goal and it was only what Sutton deserved. The Yellows were now looking for the winner and both James Kitson and Callum went close to giving Sutton the lead. With 3 minutes remaining Bingley went on the counter and won a corner which Sutton failed to deal with and Bingley regained the lead. For about the only time in that 2nd half Sutton switched off and they were made to pay with 32 minutes gone in the second half they were now 2 v 3 down. A minute later Chloe took on the defence again and outmuscled 3 defenders to get a good shot away but the visitors keeper pulled off an amazing save to deny Sutton a point. Bingley then went up the other end and what ever the Bingley keeper could do Leon Jashenica can do better as he pulled off an absolutely amazing save. The Yellows kept going til the end but just couldn’t find the equaliser. The finished in a defeat but Sutton had themselves to blame for that poor 1st half performance. The 2nd half though was brilliant and they deserved much more. The RRG Toyota Silsden player of the week goes to Thomas Harrison for his none stop battling in defence and some good forward runs. Thomas is getting back to his best.