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Sutton United: Deserved A Draw

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Posted on Sun 19 Nov 2017
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Tom Denton believed FC Halifax Town should have come out of this weekend’s game with at least a point following their 3-2 defeat to Sutton United.

A Ross Lafayette strike on the stroke of half time gave Paul Doswell’s men the lead in an open encounter, before Craig Dundas doubled the home side’s lead.

Denton was on hand to halve proceedings, but Lafayette grabbed his second with an unmarked header which appeared to put the game to bed.

Club captain Matty Brown would miss a penalty for the visitors but Scott Garner poked home to spark a late push for a comeback.

‘I felt like we deserved an equaliser at the end to be honest,’ he said.

‘Anyone who watched the game they would have thought it was a good game.

‘I thought we at least deserved a draw but unfortunately Browny missed the penalty, but everybody misses penalties, don’t they?

‘We got back on with it, scored, and then we had about 10 minutes to get another one, but we just didn’t get a clear chance.’

Despite the number of places between the two sides, Sutton occupying 4th spot going into the match while Billy Heath’s men were in the bottom half of the table, the number 9 believed it was an even fight until the first goal.

‘It was a tough game to be fair. Two physicals sides, we went out and battled it hard out there, but they just came out on top in a 3-2 defeat.

‘We knew Sutton would be big and physical just like ourselves to be fair, so we knew it was going to be a scrap.

‘We were hoping that we would be able to get into half time at 0-0 and we could go at them in the second half.

‘It was a bad time to concede but we got back into it in the second half, but we just couldn’t get that 3rd to get the equaliser.’

The match marked the first time the 28-year-old stepped out onto an 3G pitch competitively, an experience he had mixed feelings about.

‘It was the first time I had played on AstroTurf and I didn’t mind it to be fair, it felt quite soft on your feet,’ the former North Ferriby United man explained.

‘But it was quite zippy out there, quick, maybe a bit too quick for me, but I think we adjusted to it well and unlucky to get a point overall.’

Denton’s goal saw a goal drought that stretched back to the 2-1 victory over Bromley at the end of September end. His header saw him, after a long wait, finally grab his 6th strike of the National League campaign.

However, he said he would have preferred to score under more important circumstances.

‘Yeah it was nice to score,’ he said.

‘It would be nicer to score a winner or an equaliser to be fair, but yeah it’s obviously nice to score. It’s been a fair few games without one.

‘We’ll go again Tuesday with another tough away game at Hartlepool United.’

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