Stags fall to first loss of the season

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Central Midlands League

Sutton Town 2

Kimberley Town 1

Kimberley hoped to improve on their opening day 3-3 draw at Belper United with another away fixture, this time at much-fancied Sutton.

But due to illness, injury and work commitments Kimberley had to field changes to the starting line-up handing league debuts to Edge, Cluxton and 17-year-old Hopewell.

Sutton fielded an unchanged side from that which had won their opening game 5-1.

The first 20 minutes were very tight in what was becoming a niggling game but Kimberley were to strike first, when on 27 minutes Martin Lynch connected with a ball on the volley his shot sailed past the Sutton keeper to the home team’s dismay.

Kimberley were holding their own and were worthy of their half-time lead.

The second-half started with Kimberley going down the slope and changes were made on 60 minutes as some of the players playing for the first time were now beginning to struggle.

Off came Cluxton and Hopewell to be replaced by Spencer and Havenhand and again Kimberley were holding their own, however on 72 minutes a long ball pumped through wasn’t cleared by central defender Dane Harvey and the Sutton forward took full advantage of the mistake with a thunderous shot which left Simon Dye in the goal with no chance.

With the Sutton side now full of confidence and increasing the pressure on the Kimberley defence it was no surprise when they took the lead on 81.

However, Kimberley came back throwing players forward but the chances didn’t come their way and time ran out.

A confident display by Kimberley and with a bit of luck they could have gained a point.

This Saturday, Kimberley make a short trip to play AFC Hucknall with a 3pm kick-off, and are again away on Bank Holiday Monday at Whatton United.