Beautyman confident Sutton United can progress
Midfielder Harry Beautyman may have scooped two player of the year awards already, but he only has eyes for two more pieces of silverware to add to his trophy cabinet.
The 20-year-old collected the Supporters’ Club and Junior Strikers’ Club annual awards ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 triumph over Farnborough, in which he created goals for Stefan Payne and Craig Watkins.
But his hopes of adding to that were hit as Sutton suffered a 2-1 defeat to Welling United in the first leg of their Blue Square South play-off semi-final at Gander Green Lane last night.
They go to Welling in the second leg on Sunday and then face league champions Woking in the Surrey Senior Cup two days later at Kingstonian’s Kingsmeadow home.
A run to the second round of the FA Cup and fourth-placed league finish already make this a season to remember for Beautyman but the youngster is after more and feels Sutton can overhaul Welling.
“It would be an unbelievable season for us, even if we don’t get promoted,” he said.
“To get to the second round of the cup, the Blue Square South play-offs and a Surrey Senior Cup final, in our first season back at this level is already an amazing effort.
“We are confident of going to Welling United and doing a job. We’ve got some great results away from home this season and hopefully that can continue.
“It would be great to win the cup and get promoted and that is what we are aiming for.
“We know it is going to be tough, but what is the point in playing football if you don’t think you can win things?”
Former Leyton Orient trainee Beautyman switched to the club on a permanent basis last summer, having found opportunities at Brisbane Road limited.
He has struck 13 goals in 51 appearances this term in his first full season of senior football.
“This has been my best season so far and it is a very exciting time to be at the club,” he added.
“I would have liked to have scored 15 goals by now, but in my first full season out of youth and reserve team football, it isn’t bad.
“Hopefully, I’ll get two more in the next few games and it will be a great year.”
Doswell will use Wayne Shaw between the sticks on Sunday – with regular keeper Kevin Scriven suspended – and Beautyman has backed the cuddly keeper to do the job.
“With the amount of experience he has, he is a superb keeper and we’ll have no problem with him at the back,” he said.
“It is a shame Kevin can’t play because he has been right up there as one of our best players this year.”