Ryan Burge returned to the Sutton United starting XI and put in an impressive display to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Vanarama National League favourites Forest Green Rovers.
After a 3-1 opening day defeat to Solihull Moors, the National League South champions had a tough away trip to Forest Green who were also on the end of a surprise 1-0 loss away at Boreham Wood.
The home side took the lead through Matt Tubbs but Sutton equalised from the penalty spot. A persistent Burge gained possession on the left by-line and pulled the ball back to Rory Deacon who was fouled. Nicky Bailey dispatched the spot-kick to make it 1-1.
Burge was inches from levelling matters sooner after picking up a loose ball and chipped an effort over the helpless goalkeeper onto the crossbar.
The 27-year-old continued his impressive record for Sutton with the draw at Forest Green making it six games unbeaten for the U’s when he’s started with four wins.