BY JACK SMITH:
Concord and Sutton seem inseparable when it comes to league fixtures as this was the third stalemate in three games between the two sides at the Aspect Arena.
The hosts shaded the first half and came close to opening the scoring when Steve Cawley’s well struck free kick curled round the wall and ricocheted off the left hand post.
Sam Collins also caused concern from a dead ball situation. A powerful left footed effort whisking over the crossbar.
The Beachboys were knocking on the door and it almost opened as Jeremy Walker was gifted a sight at an open goal, albeit from 35 yards and he decided to cut back onto his left foot and swung his effort just wide of the goal.
The game was there for the taking in the second half but neither side could produce a winner. U’s best chance of the game fell to Dan Fitchett early in the second half, a low cross goal strike well saved by Josh Vickers.
A sharp left sided move from the hosts almost set up a late points snatcher which Jamie Collins putting a stop to Collins’ low cross with Tony Stokes lurking at the back post.
Sutton captain Glen Southam found time to earn himself a red card when he appeared to petulantly elbow Alex Woodyard in an off the ball incident which the linesman alerted the referee to.
Concord however couldn’t capitalise on the extra man, but shared what was a fair point with their visitors.
Entertainment rating – 3/5
Star man – Sam Collins
Vickers, Walker, Buckley, Woodyard, King (C), Fry, Ogilvie (Miles 80), White, Gardner, Collins, Cawley (Stokes 64)
Lampe, Miles, Dowie, Elmes, Stokes
Howe, Wishart (Scannell 62), Binns, Spillane, Cooper, Collins, Wellard (Hippolyte-Patrick 76), Southam (C), Dundas, Gomis (White 62), Fitchett
White, John, Scannell, Hippolyte-Patrick, Shaw
Referee – Robert Hyde
Assistants – Dele Sotimirin & Stuart Cheek