The worrying slump in form for Cambridge City continues as they were comfortably beaten by Sutton Coldfield.
It was a much changed City team that took to the pitch, with 4 of the 5 new recruits starting. Mickey Davis had to make do with a place on the subs bench which also featured midfielders Ross Paterson and Ryan Towner as youngster Isaac Maynard was preferred to partner the returning Josh Simpson in the centre. The centre back partnership was Adam Capel and another new signing Keano Robinson as Joe Robinson was unavailable.
Those supporters who witnessed the debacle at Kidlington last week would have looked for a marked improvement and certainly early on City started the brighter and had a more assured approach to the game without threatening the visitors goal.
However, it was a disaster of their own making that opened the door for Sutton Coldfield to take the lead. Defender Adam Capel looked to head the ball back to Jamie Head but got little contact, and with Head stranded Ryan Nesbitt was the first to react and rolled the ball into the empty net.
The goal seemed to knock the rhythm out of Citys game, and the Lilywhites could have found themselves further behind when after a period of pressing from the visitors the ball felt to Mitchell Clarke who fired over the bar.
The visiting goalkeeper was having a quiet afternoon and was not troubled by a wayward shot from Ryan Sharman who had been set-up by new signing Matty Baxter. It was Sharman again shortly after who had a shot but was his effort was well blocked by a well marshalled Sutton Coldfield defence.
City could have fallen further behind before the break when Jonathan Letford burst through the defence and his effort was only partly cleared into the path of Ben George who saw his shot hacked off the line.
The visitors came out all guns blazing for the second half and sensed the second wasnt far away, and Matthew Hearsey went close when he just failed to make contact to a cross from the left. Then, in the next passage of play, Alexander Curtis had a great opportunity but his effort was saved by Head.
The second goal duly came when the visitors won a throw in. A torpedo-like throw into the box picked out Ben George, and his header went high over the outstretched hand of Head and into the net.
George could have added to his tally shortly after as a short corner picked him out, and with City off guard, he had time to pick his spot, but his effort hit the side netting.
New signing Mickey Davis was introduced for the expense of Lewis Whitehead and he gave City a lift as they began to cause the visitors problems. However, it was good work from James Hall that should have got a reward as the City skipper did well to put in an excellent cross but failed to pick out a white shirt.
Two of the new signings then combined to provide an opening when Matty Baxter picked out the impressive Keano Robinson but the former Hayes and Yeading defender could only direct his header down into the ground past the post.
Ryan Towner came on to replace Josh Simpson, but it was Baxter who tried his luck from distance with the next opportunity but it went over the bar.
As City rallied for what would have been nothing more than a consolation, Isaac Maynard did well, but his cross was delivered with far too much pace which kind of summed up a very frustrating afternoon for the home side.
As frustrating as it may seem, the real concern must be the lack of goals in recent games. City have now gone 292 minutes without scoring a goal in league matches with the real underlying statistic of 1 win in the last 7 outings in all competitions. Followers of the Lilywhites will hope the tide will turn when they entertain Aylesbury United next weekend.
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