Sutton United's promotion push comes to home, sweet home

Not this time: Jamie Taylor gets his head to the ball only to see it drop wide         Picture: Paul Loughlin

Not this time: Jamie Taylor gets his head to the ball only to see it drop wide Picture: Paul Loughlin

First published in Non-League Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Sutton United legend Simon Downer knows all about Dover Athletic’s impressive away record, but he is not concerned.

The Whites come to Gander Green Lane on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) for the second leg of the Skrill South play-off semi-final, having held United to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s night opening salvo.

Away from their Crabble home, Dover have won 13 out of 21, scoring 41 goals and conceding just 19 – the best record in the league.

But United, who took the lead in Kent through leading scorer Craig Dundas before Moses Ademola’s equaliser, boast the second-best home record with 15 wins, second only to champions Eastleigh.

Downer, who returned to the side after being rested against Whitehawk at the weekend, said: “Dover have a good away record, but we have a good home record.

“It is just about who does better on the day. If we start like we did at their place, we should win.

“It was a tough game. We had the better of the first half, but for whatever reason we went sloppy and lazy, we did not make the right runs and there was no movement.

“Their goal was a sloppy one from our point of view.”

He added: “Dover have the best goals against record, they are big and strong.

“They are all about long balls into the box, and I am not being funny, but most teams in this league are like that – it’s fairly easy to deal with, you have just got to be switched on to the second balls.”

United boss Paul Doswell said: “If someone had offered me two home games to reach the Conference I would have taken it.

“It was a tight game, an even contest and it is all set up for Saturday – it will be a rip roaring game at the Lane.”

Saturday’s victor is likely to meet Ebbsfleet United in May 10’s final after the Kent side beat Bromley 4-0.

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