Sutton's all-round goal potential can prove trump card – Lashenko
BISHOP Sutton have the firepower to go all the way in their quest for a first Toolstation League title.
Already the Premier Division's leading goalscorers with 60 in 21 games, the Bishops have a crucial advantage over their main rivals in not being dependent upon one or two prolific strikers.
Ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Winterbourne United, Sutton boss Lee Lashenko said: "We don't have a single player anywhere near the top of the league goal chart.
"But that is a good thing, because it means we are sharing the goals around and have four or five lads who chip in regularly.
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"Pete Sheppard, Darren Hawkins, Will Hallstone and Jordan Metters have all done their bit and we are not one of those teams that rely on just one striker doing the business."
Sutton may be the team with real momentum at the moment, but Lashenko will remind his players not to take Winterbourne lightly. He said: "They have some very good players and showed how dangerous they can be by beating Longwell Green last week."
Cadbury Heath are struggling to keep pace with Sutton and urgently require a return to winning ways at Willand.
Still smarting from defeat to Bristol Manor Farm, Heath manager Andy Black said the only remedy was hard work.
He added: "The wheels have come off a bit recently and we are struggling to put things right. I've been in these situations before and the only way out of them is to keep working hard. My players have not become bad ones overnight." Danny Hallett, pictured, and Mark Reynolds return for Heath, but Sacha Tong and Sam Duggan are unavailable.
Bristol Manor Farm boss John Black is relishing the opportunity to claim another top-six scalp when he takes his young side to Street.
He said: "We prefer to play the top sides, because it keeps us honest. We've beaten Cadbury Heath and are now really looking forward to playing Street. It will be another good test for my players."
Victories over Brislington and Willand have seen Longwell Green Sports on the way up again after a frustrating period in which they lost a run of fixtures to bad weather.
Manager Spencer Thomas, who is setting his sights on a top-ten finish, will be lifted by the return of Ryan Gardiner, Mike Hardiman and Matt Tilley for tomorrow's home clash with Gillingham.
Bitton visit basement side Barnstaple, while Hallen are expected to be unchanged at home to Odd Down.
Hengrove manager Jamie Hillman is considering a change of approach while pitches remain heavy.
The First Division leaders have seen their advantage cut to four points by Shepton Mallet and Hillman is urging his team to adapt better to the prevailing conditions when they host Portishead.
He said: "You cannot play a short-passing game when the pitches are like this. Sometimes you have to go back to basics and be a bit more direct to get results."
Portishead are still without Rich Gill, Dave Parsons and Zac Andrews. Josh White returns after recovering from a dislocated shoulder, while Jordan Cleary is promoted to the first-team squad.
Oldland manager Paul Britton said that last weekend's victory over front-runners Hengrove will count for little unless they follow up successfully at home to lowly Westbury.
He said: "That has been our problem all season. We do really well against the top sides and then let ourselves down against the lower teams. It's all to do with our mind-set. We are a young side and the lads are all learning together."
Keynsham Town manager Steve Cains selects from an unchanged squad at Bradford, while Roman Glass St George host Corsham.