Bradley Pearce scored on his first start for Sutton United to help the U’s to a 2-2 draw at AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Pearce was thrust into the heart of the U’s defence after Dean Beckwith tweaked a hamstring and the youngster made the most of his opportunity against the high flying Lancashire side.

The academy star struck a sweet shot from 15 yards into the corner of the net with 15 minutes left to cancel out Andy Bond’s first half opener.

Fylde regained the lead through Gime Toure with nine minutes left but substitute Kieron Cadogan pounced in the 88th minute to rescue an impressive point for the U’s with his first touch of the game.

“It was great to give Brad his full debut,” said Doswell.

“We’ve watched him in the Surrey Senior Cup and he’s impressed me in training.

“It was one of those where not many people would have fancied us to get a result.

“But not only did we get the result but I thought we played some really good stuff as well at times with two good goals.

“I am sure the 80-odd Sutton United fans here today have seen another committed performance.

“Similarly to Braintree, we’ve come from behind twice and it just shows the character and determination in the dressing room."

United host Solihull Moors next Saturday (December 8) at 3pm.