Ryan Burge scores in dream debut win for Sutton United
AtTheMatch client Ryan Burge takes less than half an hour to open account for the U's by AtTheMatch
AtTheMatch client Ryan Burge made it a debut to remember for Sutton United, scoring direct from a free-kick in their 4-1 win over Margate in the Vanarama National League South.
Despite only putting pen to paper on a deal and receiving international clearance on Friday, the 27-year-old went straight into the manager Paul Doswell’s starting eleven.
It took less than half an hour for the ex Port Vale and Newport County midfielder to repay the faith by opening the scoring in the match, and for the U’s, sending the majority of the 884 in attendance at Gander Green Lane into raptor.
Three more goals for the U’s before a late consolation for Margate saw the home side clinch three points, with Burge playing all 90 minutes, as their push for promotion continues.
The Surrey outfit move up one place in the league table to second, a point clear of Maidstone United.
Burge said: “It felt great to play my first game for two years and even though I haven't been playing football I’ve still been working hard and looking after myself. But ultimately I want to be out on that pitch playing and it's a great feeling to be back doing that.
“It's always a great feeling to score, especially on a debut, but the most important thing was to get the win, so for both to happen makes it a very good day.
“We were very dominant throughout the match. Margate have been in good form, so it was a big statement from everyone to put that type of performance on and I thought we played some really good stuff.
“It's great the results went our way and it's good to move up a place to second, but we want to be top. All we can do is keep performing well and make sure we are winning every game including our games in hand, and we have every chance.
Doswell said: “A quality player has landed in our lap. We did our homework as we normally do and from Tim Harris and Jimmy Dack and the reports were that he’s a good lad as well.
“We’ve had him for two weeks training with us so he’s not new to the group but we felt we wanted to get him involved immediately.”
AtTheMatch founder Simon Maurer said: "Everyone associated with AtTheMatch are extremely proud and delighted for Ryan. To have only signed the day before, receieve international clearance and put straight into the manager's starting eleven was great. But to then score on his debut in a 4-1 win and keep title hopes alive was icing on the cake."Click here to stay up to date with AtTheMatch