Sutton United gained a useful point from a difficult National League road trip to struggling Maidstone United on Tuesday night.

In a first half of few chances, Roarie Deacon had the best of the bunch but his effort hit the frame of the goal after just two minutes.

The Stones hadn't played a competitive game since March 4 and looked surprisingly sluggish, allowing Sutton to take control of the match which has been lovingly dubbed El Plastico by supporters due to both club's owning 3G pitches.

The game developed into a midfield battle and it took an hour for the Kent side to test U's goalkeeper Will Puddy.

Sutton were rewarded for being the better side when Kieron Cadogan's cross was diverted into his own net by Jamie Coyle while under pressure from Adam Coombes to spark jubilant scenes among the travelling support in a crowd of 2,929.

But Sutton's joy was short-lived. In the 68th minute confusion between Coombes and Craig Eastmond meant Kevin Amankwaah's soft challenge on Jamar Loza was harshly adjudged an infringement by the referee.

Loza stepped up to level the scores from the spot despite Puddy getting a hand to the ball.

Second's later Coombes was unlucky not to restore Sutton's lead when his effort clipped the outside of the post.

With 10 minutes left the Stones saw a shot through a crowd of players hit the crossbar.

The point is useful in both teams' fight to avoid the drop with Sutton now six points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining.

Tuesday's result comes hot on the heels of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at high flying Aldershot where, despite controlling much of the game, the U's were punished for not taking their chances by conceding late goals in either half.

United face North Ferriby United on Saturday at Gander Green Lane (3pm) with the visitors facing an uphill struggle to avoid an instant return to National League North. Next Tuesday the U's host title challengers Lincoln City (7.45pm).

Time is running out for supporters looking to take advantage of Sutton's early bird season ticket offer for 2017/18 with the March 31 deadline getting ever closer.

Existing season ticket holders can renew at just £99 while new supporters can get one for £125. Season tickets for teenagers are £20 and under 12s £10. 

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