A strong Carshalton Athletic side marched through to the next round of the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win over Raynes Park Vale of the Combined Counties League Premier Division South at Colston Avenue on Monday night.
After the disappointment of going tamely out of the FA Trophy on Saturday, the Robins needed a positive start against a team that, while a couple of tiers lower on the football pyramid, were on a long unbeaten streak. And a team containing the nucleus of the squad from the FA Trophy game and a few younger players seized the initiative early on when Dan Bennett sidefooted the ball home from eight yards.
Raynes Park Vale’s best chances on the night came from the Robins’ occasional lapses of defensive concentration. It was one of these that nearly gifted the visitors a swift equalizer, forcing Lloyd Thomas into a fine double save from Brad Sweeney and Reece William-Bowers.
Halfway through the first half though, Dan Bassett’s first goal of the night put some daylight between the two teams. Young debutant, Ronaldo Kopica broke down the right and found Dan Hector, whose low, hard cross was turned into the roof of the net at the near post by Bassett.
Commenting after the game, Bassett said: “After Saturday, we knew we had to put things right straightaway, no matter who we were playing. We pressed really well as a team tonight, put them under a lot of pressure and the hard work paid off.”
Carshalton effectively sealed the game with two early strikes in the second half. First, Abdul Sankoh’s neat performance down the left hand side was capped with his first senior goal of the season and shortly after, Bassett notched his second with a finish under the body of Vale keeper, Billy Bishop, after being put in by player/manager, Peter Adeniyi.
With his number glowing on the substitution board that was being prepared on the sideline, Bassett claimed his hatrick when he drove a 20 yard shot past Bishop.
Coach Alberto Kurti commented: “Although on paper it was a game that we were expected to win, the team stepped up today and delivered the kind of performance we expect week in, week out from a Carshalton team. I was delighted also for young Gui (Martins) and Ronaldo to play the full 90 minutes and turn in the performances they did and for Abdul to get his goal.”
The win earns the Robins a trip to Guildford City, also of the Combined Counties League Premier Division South, in the next round.
Carshalton Athletic: Thomas, Ebuzoene, Hamilton-Downes, Martins, Cheadle, Bennett, Adeniyi, Hector, Sankoh, Kopica, Bassett.
Subs: Bello (for Bassett), Barrett (for Adeniyi), Manuel (for Cheadle), Parker, Afam.
Raynes Park Vale: Bishop, Harrison, McKillop, Steaney, Ano, Cockle, Sweeney, Beveridge, Harland-Goddard, Stepney, William-Bowers.
Subs: Fraser (for McKillop), Davies (for Harrison), Umeh (for William-Bowers), Belliki, Lewis.
Goalscorers: Bassett (3), Bennett, Sankoh.
Carshalton Athletic are back in Isthmian League Premier Division action at Hornchurch on Saturday 20 November (3pm kick off). Tickets are available at: https://hornchurchfc.ktckts.com
Adults: £12; Concessions (65+): £7; 12–16 year olds: £3; Under 12s: FREE