GRESLEY finally claimed their first home league win of the season thanks to Mitch Hanson’s strike and a goal 15 minutes from time by Marc Goodfellow.
In an entertaining game Sutton Coldfield Town took the lead through Mark Danks, but former Derby County defender Hanson (pictured) levelled on the stroke of half time and Goodfellow’s goal sealed the points.
Gresley manager Martin Rowe made changes from Saturday’s starting line-up with defender Liam Guest and midfielder Danny Holmes returning, and Jamie Barrett and James Jepson given places on the bench.
After a scrappy first 20 minutes, the Royals took the lead with their first attempt on goal. Danks was put through and managed to beat onrushing keeper Ross Etheridge to the ball and chipped into an empty net.
The visitors almost added another minutes later when Lee Parsons made a run down the left and hit a shot which Etheridge blocked and then grabbed at the second attempt.
Dean Oliver went close for the Moatmen when he turned on the edge of the area, but his shot went straight into the midriff of Royals keeper Lee Evans.
Gresley did have the ball in the net but the upraised flag of the assistant referee soon put paid to any celebrations.
Still putting Sutton’s defence under pressure as the first half drew to an end, a superbly floated free-kick from Holmes was met by Marc Strzyzewski, but Evans denied the big defender his goal by acrobatically pushing the header away.
A good shout for a penalty as the ball was handled by a defender in the visitors’ area was waved away by referee Alix Pashley and then Sam Grice had a shot saved by Evans.
The visiting keeper could do nothing to prevent Gresley levelling just seconds from the break.
A whipped free-kick from the right by Goodfellow was met by Hanson, running in at the far post, and his powerful header was unstoppable.
Gresley started brightly in the second half and were soon putting the Royals’ backline under pressure, with Guest sending his header from Goodfellow’s corner over the bar.
Sutton were still dangerous on the break and a long ball found Luke Chapman who was only denied by a fine save from Etheridge.
Both sides went looking for the winner and it was Gresley who got it when a ball down the left found Goodfellow, who fired his shot across Evans and into the bottom corner.
Jordan Nadat, making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a back problem, went close to scoring within five minutes of replacing Kieran O’Connell. His shot forced Evans into a save, with the Sutton keeper pushing the ball away for a corner.
Gresley: Etheridge, Hanson, Guy, Strzyzewski (c), Guest, Grice, Graves, Holmes, Oliver, O’Connell (Nadat 77), Goodfellow (Lyons 92); subs not used: Barrett, Wilson, Jepson.
Sutton Coldfield: Evans, Lycett, Jackson, Parsons (c), Williams, Kettle, Milligan, Leek (Taylor 58), Marshall, Danks (Thompson 67), Chapman; subs not used: Male, Gwilliam (gk).
Referee: Alix Pashley (Chesterfield).
Star Player: Liam Guest – after his side settled into the game, he was solid at the back and made some vital tackles.