Cray maintain hold over Robins

Carshalton Athletic’s string of recent poor results against Cray Wanderers continued as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Colston Avenue on Saturday.

The Robins entered the game on a run of six unbeaten, but having not triumphed over their opponents in five games over a nearly five year period. And despite Cray’s current relatively low league position, they never really looked likely to break the streak.

Free kicks aside, a subdued first half saw very little goal threat from either side but Cray took the lead when Joe Bell’s missed clearance allowed Ellis Brown to go through unchallenged and fire past Aaron Jones, deputising for the injured Will Huffer.

The hole became deeper for the Robins in the second half when Gary Lockyer flicked on Sean Rowley’s clearance and Brown claimed his second with a scorching drive into the top corner.

This second goal seemed finally to bring the Robins to life and from their first shot on target on the hour Rowley had to make a good save with his feet to deny Danny Bassett. But despite enjoying plenty of possession for the rest of the game Carshalton could do little to dent a disciplined Cray rearguard.

Bell’s header from Brad Williams’ corner, his first goal for the club, in the dying minutes was a consolation only as Cray completed a season double over the Robins.

Carshalton Athletic: Jones, Read, Beeden, Bell, Kennett, Frimpong, Williams, Bassett, Babajide, Marshall, Olutade.

Substitutes: Bradford (for Olutade 46’), Lucan (for Marshall 68’), Everitt, O’Brien, Hamilton-Downes.

Cray Wanderers: Rowley, Evans, Ijaha, Brown, Raymond, Lockyer, Wood, Beere, Bamba, Bonner, Kwatchey.

Substitutes: Cook (for Beere 76’), Black, Murrell-Williamson, Brooke, Paye.

Goals: Brown (2) 28’, 59’, Bell 89’.


Following a last minute postponement a couple of weeks ago the Robins have a midweek trip around the M25 when they face Potters Bar Town on Tuesday 6th February (7.45pm kick off).

Tickets: Adults – £13; Concessions – £10 *; U16 – £1 (* Concessions includes students and over 65’s ** ID with proof of age may be required.)

Venue: Lantern Stadium, Parkfield, Watkins Rise (off The Walk), Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1QB

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