Wrexham’s hopes of keeping the pressure on at the top of the table disappeared in a frustrating first 45 minutes – when we conceded twice, once from the spot and then had midfielder Luke Summerfield dismissed just before half time.
Shaun Pearson conceded the penalty for holding, while Sutton claimed a soft second after we failed to deal with a routine cross and they took advantage of a loose ball in the box. Then Summerfield was sent off after the referee felt his challenge in the middle of the park was dangerous play.
A third shortly after the break just sealed the points and if it hadn't been for two fine saves by Rob Lainton, then the scoreline could have looked worse, despite the 10-men battling hard.
For the second time this season, we went with an unchanged side, whereas the home team made six alterations to the line-up that started against Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening.
First chance of the afternoon came as Rekeil Pyke latched onto slip in the home defence on six minutes, he held off Aswad Thomas, but keeper Jamie Butler came quickly off his to block the shot as the striker seemed to lose his footing on the wet surface.
On 14 minutes, the referee, having warned Shaun Pearson and Charlie Clough before a corner, gave a penalty as the skipper was judged to have held Clough inside the box as the flag kick came in - although the Sutton centre back seemed to repeatly lower his head and push into the Wrexham man at set pieces.
Jamie Collins stepped up and although Rob Lainton went the right way, the effort had enough power on it to find the back of the net.
Lifted by their early goal and another set piece, James Jennings being held responsible for Keiron Cadogan being sent in to the surrounding fence near the corner flag. The same Sutton player crossed to the near post and Nicky Bailey found space to claim a free header, but his effort was cleared off the Wrexham goal line.
When Wrexham were getting forward, too often the attempted crosses were hitting the first defender.
On 27 minutes, Brad Walker had his name taken for bringing down Jonah Ayunga 15-yards into our own half.
The free kick was taken, and Bailey was once more on the end of it to head home across the face of Lainton’s goal, but much to the keeper’s relief the assistant’s flag ruled the effort out for offside.
The Reds did go two behind on 36 minutes, when a high cross from the Sutton left was headed away by Pearson, but only onto against Cadogan, who reacted quickly to spin on the spot and fire home from inside the six-yard box.
The locals had their tails up and were turning virtually any possession into a run and shot at the Wrexham goal. Two minutes before the interval, Ayunga stretched his long legs on their left
Then Luke Summerfield was given a straight red for a foul on Ayunga, just over the half way line – to turn a disappointing first half into a bad one!
The scoreline got worse on 51 minutes, as the Reds failed to clear the danger and as the ball ran out to Cadogan, his cross – Craig Eastmond darted in front of his marker and had the simple task of heading him from close range.
Wrexham responded with their own set piece that dropped in Sutton’s danger zone, with first Jake Lawlor and then Chris Holroyd trying finish off from inside the six-yard box, as the ball bounced around.
This was the trigger for Mike Fondop to replace Beavon on 54 minutes.
Pearson was on the end of a Wrexham set piece on 57 minutes but could only knock the ball down for Paul Rutherford to chase wide, before returning into the box and making Butler collect at his near post.
Next up was Pyke, who dd well to hold off tow defenders and fire a long-range effort that just curled passed the far post.
Next change was Akil Wright for Beavon as the hour mark was reached before Luke Young replaced Rutherford on 66 minutes.
The remainder of the game was played out, with little of note, except Lainton making a tremendous save to deny the impressive Bailey, as the midfielder’s effort from 20+ yards was heading for the top corner, and then repeating the feat to keep out substitute Aaron Drinan.
An added four minutes were seen out and the large travelling contingent was left to head home and ponder Tuesday night’s visit to Harrogate.
Sutton United: Butler, Bennett, Thomas, Clough, Collins (Beckwith 79), Ayunga (Bolarinwa 64), Cadogan, Eastmond, Bailey, Brown, T Wright (Drinan 72).
Subs: Beautyman, Taylor.
Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings, Summerfield, Walker (A Wright 60), Rutherford (Young 66), Pyke, Holroyd, Beavon (Fondop 54). 64)
Subs: Dibble, Maguire-Drew.
Referee: Alan Dale (Suffolk)
Sending – Off:
Wrexham: Summerfield (44, foul)
Sutton: Bailey (84, foul)
Wrexham: Pearson (15, dissent), Walker (27, foul)