Notts County go in to tonight’s National League match against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane knowing that a win will take them above their opponents who are currently second on goal difference in the division behind Hartlepool with nine points from three matches played so far.
The Magpies are fifth after back to back home wins where they largely impressed against both Altrincham and Barnet, but after opening day defeat at Dover they’ll be keen to get their first points on the road and at a tricky venue on artificial surface they’ll have it all to do if they are to come away with all three points.
The task for Neal Ardley might be made that bit more difficult with doubts over both Wes Thomas and Cal Roberts who have so far starred in recent performances.
Thomas has worked his socks off providing support for the hot in form Kyle Wootton whilst Roberts has been doing what he does best, a scintillating first half against Barnet has already got the scouts on red alert and Notts without him will be much inferior to what they will with him, but keeping a player who is proving to be far too good for the division he is in will be the toughest test for Notts ahead of the domestic transfer window deadline which closes on 16th October.
Roberts scored a nonchalant curling left footed effort on Saturday before turning inside out his opposing full back to provide a goal for Wootton who stabbed home on the second attempt. A third goal set up for Boldewijn saw Roberts turn defense into attack, carrying the ball up the pitch from outside his own area to find Enzio at the other end who made no mistake.
Enzio himself could become pivotal to Notts attacking flair should Roberts get an upwards move, but first and foremost seeing off Sutton without two of the teams best players is going to be a tough ask for Notts County tonight.
Manager Neal Ardley has stated fatigue for Roberts potential absence whilst Thomas has had an illness, Elisha Sam has also had a cold and both he and Thomas have been kept away from the training ground until their temperatures go back to normal.
Sutton United won at Weymouth last time out having beaten Maidenhead at home on the opening day before winning at Aldershot in between. Last season Paul Doswell’s side were fourteenth prior to lockdown having drew both games with the Magpies home and away 1-1.
Tonight’s match kicks off at 7:45pm and will only be available to watch through Sutton United FC’s website here.
*Main image @DanWestwell Cal Roberts has been in magnificent early form.