Sutton United boss Doswell makes his point on the road despite a growing injury list (From Surrey Comet)
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Sutton United boss Doswell makes his point on the road despite a growing injury list
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell is battling the start of the Skrill South season without his main strike force – but he still has reason to be cheerful.
After picking up a point from a 1-1 draw at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, thanks to an own goal from the hosts, United sit 11th in the table after six games.
It was a point garnered without the services of the injured Jamie Slabber and Anthony Riviere.
The duo, as well as Jamie Taylor and Damian Scannell, who played bit-part roles on Saturday, are likely to miss this weekend’s visit of Farnborough to Gander Green Lane.
However, Doswell is always pleased of a point on the road, and while his main strike force is out, he has a more than capable replacement.
“We’re fortunate that Craig [Dundas] and Marvin [Williams] can step in up front, just like last season, so having the two Jamies missing is not denting us too much,” he said.
More than capable: Marvin Williams is stepping up in the absence of Jamie Taylor and Jamie Slabber Picture: Paul Loughlin
“But when they get back, and with our recent defensive record [two clean sheets in three games], we are going to really get going.”
He added: “A point away from home is always a good result, especially when you consider we only had 12 fit players – we have three on the bench who really should not have been there.”
Slabber was due to have a scan on a knee injury today (Thursday), while Taylor has had an injection in his knee, Riviere (thigh) is likely to return for the visit of Dover on Tuesday and Scannell (knee) is out for up to two weeks.
Doswell said: “JT has been struggling with a sore knee for a couple of weeks, but he only told me last week because he did not want to let the side down with Slabber out – which is a measure of the guy.
“We’re hopeful Slabber’s scan will show up what is wrong and that it can be rectified, but there is a chance it could be worse than we expect.”
Meanwhile, Moses Swaibu has left Gander Green Lane in search of first team football.
Happy together: Damian Scannell and Jamie Taylor celebrate the Angels OG Picture: Paul Loughlin
About to score: Damian Scannell, who is out for up to two weeks with a knee injury, is about to provide the cross that gets turned into his own goal by Angels' Sonny Miles Picture: Paul Loughlin
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