Doswell: We need fans to be United at the Lane
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell wants a big crowd at Gander Green Lane on Saturday as they continue their push up the Skrill South table.
United’s midweek trip to Gosport Borough was called off due to a water-logged pitch.
But this weekend, third-placed United face second-placed Bromley at Gander Green Lane, where a win would lift them to within a point of the visitors.
Confidence is high at United after five successive wins, five successive clean sheets and progression to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup last weekend at the expense of Lewes.
Jamie Slabber’s third goal of the season was enough to see off the Sussex side 1-0 at the Dripping Pan, and set up a tough trip to Hemel Hempstead Town – current leaders of the Southern Premier – on October 26.
Doswell said: “The scoreline at Lewes suggests otherwise, but we always looked in control and I don’t think they ever got close to scoring.
“Everything is starting to come together, and most importantly the players are trusting each other to carry out their roles.
“That creates a strong team spirit and it has come into its own since a disappointing first week to the season.”
He added: “We’re playing well, and we’re getting the fans through the gates. We had 1,000 at the Lane for the Eastbourne match and we need the same again for the Bromley game.
“If we win, we could close the gap on them and that would be a great way to go into the cup match.”
Much of United’s success this season has been built on a defence that has not been breached in 450 minutes of football.
Moreover, it has only conceded eight goals in 12 games.
Doswell said: “We have encouraged the players to defend high up the pitch, which restricts any chances for the opposition in our own half.
“But credit has to go to the whole team for the defensive record. We defend from the back line to the front line, there is a lot of hard work being put in.”
In action: Dean McDonald takes on the Lewes defence Picture: Paul Loughlin
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