Carshalton Athletic put a winless streak of three games behind them with an emphatic 3-1 away win at Cheshunt that featured three goals of the highest quality.
Manager Peter Adeniyi named the same starting 11 from the previous week’s FA Cup defeat to Ebbsfleet and from the outset it was clear the Robins were intent on ending their recent barren run. In the early stages, both Luke Read and Jordan Cheadle had efforts cleared off the line.
With 20 minutes gone, Carshalton deservedly took the lead after Cheshunt defender, Adam Crowther had brought down Dan Bassett on the edge of the box. While Crowther escaped with just a talking to from the referee, Cheadle meted out his own punishment, curling a low left foot shot beyond the wall and in off the far post for his first goal of the season.
Just over 10 minutes later, he had his second and he will do well to score a better one this season, or in any other perhaps. When Cheshunt failed to fully clear their lines after a free kick, the ball fell to Cheadle 30 yards out and his rising shot flashed into the top corner past the outstretched arms of Cheshunt keeper, George Marsh.
Despite falling two goals behind, Cheshunt were still looking lively on the break, with the joint top scoring duo of Zack Newton and Ken Charles causing a threat with their pace. Five minutes before half time they reduced the arrears. After a low cross and a couple of ricochets, Amadou Kassarate’s close range shot rolled into the net via a big deflection off the heel of Chris Sessegnon, making his first league start for Carshalton after his recent move to the club.
Whatever Cheshunt manager Craig Edwards had to say at the half time break, Cheshunt emerged after it for their best spell of the game. But Carshalton gradually reasserted their dominance and, just over the hour mark, clinched the victory with another collector’s book goal. Lewis White received the ball in space on the left and after jinking inside two defenders curled it sumptuously into the top corner, to the delight of the loyal contingent of Carshalton fans behind the goal.
Commenting on the performance, First Team Coach Keith Boanas said: “We made a point of preparing in a certain way for this game and we saw that coming out. To be honest, we could have scored more goals, particularly in the first half, and we have reset the standard we expect from this talented group of players.”
The win moves Carshalton up one place in the Isthmian League Premier Division to 10th.