Sutton United seal Football League promotion for first time in 123-year history with win over Hartlepool

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<p>Sutton United will play in League Two next season</p> (Getty Images)

Sutton United will play in League Two next season

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Sutton United will play in the Football League for the first time in the club’s 123-year history next season.

The South Londoners beat promotion rivals Hartlepool United 3-0 on Sunday to seal National League promotion as title winners.

Full-back Robert Milsom saw his low free-kick spilled into the net by Middlesbrough loan goalkeeper Brad James, while defender Louis John bagged his third goal in as many games.

And at the death Milwall loan striker Isaac Olaofe slotted his fourth goal in successive matches, to take his tally for the campaign to 14.

Sutton pulled off one of the FA Cup’s greatest giant killings by defeating 1987 winners Coventry 2-1 in the third round in 1989.

But the Gander Green Lane club have surely now topped that feat, having won promotion to League Two.

Salford loan striker Luke Armstrong thought he had scrambled a second-half equaliser for Hartlepool, only for the effort to be chalked off for handball.

Sutton kept pressing for full control however, and were rewarded when John’s low effort was deflected into the net.

And with Hartlepool desperately chasing a route back into the contest at the death, Olaofe strode onto the ball and delivered the killer-blow third goal.

Additional reporting by PA.

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