Sutton United visited a sun drenched Cherrywood Road yesterday and recorded their sixth win from the last seven games to propel themselves into joint second place in the blue square south.
Two goals from Boro old boy Leroy Griffiths and one from Craig Watkins saw off Garry Haylocks team who continue with their miserable run of form.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides showing plenty of ambition in the final third of the pitch. But a combination of way wood finishing and and good goalkeeping saw the teams remain deadlocked until a minute from the break.
Adam Bygrave was adjudged to have handballed the cute flick on by Anthony Riviere , and Griffiths made no mistake from the spot kick. It proved to be the pivotal moment of the contest , as the fragile home side rapidly lost its confidence as the match wore on.
Goalkeeper Jake Somerville kept Boro in the game when he superbly closed down Craig Dundas with the striker set to pull the trigger before saving smartly down to his left from a stinging Griffiths effort.
However there was little he could do to keep out top class finishes from Watkins and Griffiths in two consecutive minuets , with a solitary Jordan Merriman header – which flew harmlessly wide – the closest Boro came to breaching a solid Sutton back four.
After the game Garry Haylock commented: “Theres not much that i can say really, apart from the fact that its the same old hard luck story. The penalty perhaps deflated us a little , but we just couldn’t get going.”
Boro now face the lengthy journey to Truro on Tuesday to face a team who will be full of confidence following their 2 – 1 away win over Dartford on Saturday.