Farnham Town 0 Sutton Common Rovers 1

Sutton Common Rovers made the trip down the A3 to take on a strong Farnham side, who have a decent record on their own patch, and forced a goalless draw with promotion chasing Bedfont Sports the previous midweek, writes Gary Brigden.

Rovers started brightly, with the prodigious Matt Auletta causing problems down the Farnham left, and on 12 minutes it was neat link up between Jeff Addo-Dankwa and Auletta that created an opening for Matt Farrell who fired home what was to be the only goal of the game.

Rovers continued to hold the upper hand, and both Auletta and Farrell bought good saves out of Farnham keeper Adrian Giles.

At the other end Rovers skipper Aaron Bogle was on hand with some timely interventions and the visitors went in 1-0 to the good at the break.

Keeper Michael Eacott saved bravely at the feet of Ashley Peck early in the second half, but it was a half of few chances, with neither keeper seriously tested.

Rovers did have the better of things, but they were unable to find that killer pass to set up the second goal, although Auletta almost increased the lead when he latched onto a Daryl Cooper-Smith flick and shot early but his effort drifted wide of the right hand post.

Farnham introduced the lively Sharif Yacoob with twenty minutes remaining, and he did cause Rovers a few problems, but the side held out, and the win moved them up into third spot in the table.

On Monday night, Rovers progressed into the Premier Challenge Cup quarter final thanks to a five goal demolition of fellow Premier division side Redhill.

Rovers raced into a two goal lead inside ten minutes, when first Daryl Cooper-Smith, tapping home a Matt Ferdinando cross, and then Matt Fairbrother, nodding in a Matt Auletta cross, put the visitors to the sword.

With Redhill offering little going forward, Rovers continued to dominate, and after Cooper-Smith had grazed the crossbar, it was left to Fairbrother to notch his second on 23 minutes, firing low beyond the keeper for 3-0.

Auletta and Fairbrother, enjoying his best game in an SCR shirt, continued to torment the Redhill defence, and it was Auletta who created number four on the stroke of half-time, when he glided passed three defenders before backheeling the ball to Matt Farrell who fired home.

Auletta completed the scoring five minutes into the second half, turning the backline inside out before firing home.

Rovers face a tough home game against seventh-place CB Hounslow United this Saturday, December 9 at 3pm.