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Millwall forward hits 16th goal of season to help south London’s Sutton to historic promotion


ISAAC Olaofe helped Sutton United create historical past as their 3-0 win at residence to Hartlepool United on Sunday clinched promotion to the Football League for the primary time.

Millwall forward Olaofe scored his 16th goal of the season in all competitions to make it 3-0 with 10 minutes left in entrance of 1,050 ecstatic followers at Gander Green Lane.

It is the U’s first promotion to the Football League of their 123-year historical past. It may additionally open a route to a style of League Two soccer for Olaofe if the south London membership can agree one other mortgage cope with the Lions.

Rob Milson and Louis John scored Sutton’s first two objectives. Sutton are 5 factors forward of Torquay with one recreation left.

“Words can’t actually describe how I’m feeling proper now,” supervisor Matt Gray advised BT Sport. “There are so many good groups and managers within the division and also you take a look at the scale of the golf equipment and for us to come out on prime is an unbelievable achievement.

“I’m so fortunate to be at this membership. Everyone pulls in the identical path and now we have an unbelievable group of gamers and an unbelievable group of workers.”

Chairman Bruce Elliott added: “It’s unbelievable we’re nonetheless getting to grips with it. To go up with one recreation to go is sensible and we’re nonetheless pinching ourselves.

“We couldn’t have organised it higher. It’s been excellent with having followers again having missed all of them season.”

“We have to change the [artificial] pitch so the grass will go down. We can have floodlights coming in and a few extra seats and one or two different bits and items as properly. Hopefully we can have sufficient time to begin the league season on time right here.”

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