THE SEARCH for a first win in the Midland League Division Two for Earlswood Town continues after they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Sutton United on Saturday.
The scoreline slightly flattered Sutton with Earlswood giving a good account of themselves but they ultimately slipped to their 12th defeat of the season.
The game was spoilt by a high wind and in an even first 20 minutes Earls matched the home team for effort.
Sutton took the lead after 22 minutes when Chad Dugan slotted the ball home but towards the end of the half Earls missed a chance with an easy header that could have sent them in on even terms.
Chad Duggan added a second goal for Sutton after 51 minutes but Earls put themselves back into the game when Justin Jackson latched on to the ball just inside the Sutton penalty area and hit it into the net to reduce the arrears. But a minute later the home team had the ball in the Earlswood net to their two goal advantage. Earl’s two new signings Nathan Smith and Graham Bond were both having good games well supported by skipper Matt Green in midfield. But the home team increased their lead in the final minute of the game to give themselves a 4-1 success in a game that was well refereed by Neil Jones and his two assistants.
Earlswood Town travel to play Coventry Alliance Premier side Kenilworth Wardens in the third round of the Birmingham Intermediate Vase on December 19 and they entertain Bromsgrove Sporting in the quarter final of the Smedley-Crooke Cup to be played sometime in February.