Sutton Common Rovers picked up a rare opening day league win, when a Matty Auletta goal on the half hour saw off a competitive Knaphill side, writes Gary Brigden.

Both sides missed good chances before Aulettas goal, with James Hardie seeing his header superbly saved by Rovers keeper Ollie Ellaway, and the usually prolific Daryl Cooper-Smith guilty of missing two clear chances in the opening period.

Debutant Ollie Twum had also found the side netting, before Auletta crashed the ball beyond Kieron Greene, maintaining his great spell against Knaphill.

It should have been 2-0 minutes later, but after an Auletta cross found man of the match Sam Johnson, his shot was brilliantly blocked by Greene.

Rovers pushed hard early in the second half, with Cooper-Smith again guilty of wasting chances, and Twum being denied by the linesmans flag.

Knaphill started to dominate and the young Rovers rearguard, three 18 year olds and the skipper Aaron Bogle held firm, and Ellaway was only forced into one good save from Cooper-Smith fired over late on, but it didn't matter and Rovers made a great start to their campaign image 

First half goals from Ollie Twum and Daryl Cooper-Smith saw Rovers make it two wins from two as a battling performance saw them beat Cobham 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Rovers kick off their FA Cup campaign on Sunday when they host fellow Combined Counties side CB Hounslow United at the Knights Community Stadium. It's a 3pm KO.

Entrance is £7 Adults, £4 Concessions and £2 U16's