Sutton United assistant manager Micky Stephens says the 1-0 win at Ebbsfleet was just what the U’s needed ahead of this Saturday’s showdown with Aldershot.

A stunning solo goal from Tom Bolarinwa proved the difference as United came away from north Kent with three vital points. Bolarinwa latched onto a Craig Eastmond header 35 yards from goal and then left a trail of defenders in his wake as he weaved towards goal before smashing the ball beyond goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore in the 77th minute.

Now Sutton just need a point against the Shots to guarantee a bye and home advantage for the play-off semi-final on Sunday, May 6.

“It was a brilliant performance,” said Stephens. “We looked strong and played with a vibrancy that has been lacking in recent weeks.

“We controlled the game and thoroughly deserved to win. It’s given us renewed confidence. We’re in a good place at the moment.

“To be third with a game left is amazing. We’ve just got to take it game by game but the mood in the camp is upbeat.

“There’s still a lot that can happen on Saturday but we’ve just got to play our own game then see where that takes us.”

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