Non-league football is back. After what felt like an eternity, the 2020 domestic season has finally got underway. Carshalton Athletic welcomed Potters Bar to Colston Avenue in a repeat of last season’s opening fixture, a game which saw the Scholars take all three points 13 months ago.
With one eye likely on Monday’s FA Cup game, Peter Adeniyi made one change from the side that dispatched of Whitstable a week before. Ernold Haxhiu dropping to the bench and Omar Koroma coming into the starting eleven, earning his place after grabbing the fifth in that 5-1 win over the Oystermen.
The game got off to a scrappy start with neither team being able to push on and make the most of their opportunities. With just over 15 minutes played, both teams could have and possibly should have opened the scoring. Fisher, who looked lively as ever, was set up beautifully by Koroma, but despite having plenty of time was unable to convert and hit the ball straight at the oncoming Frederich Burbridge.
The Scholars had chances of their own, Callum Wellesley’s low driven corner made its way through the Carshalton box, but no-one was able to convert past Ohman. Then, after some great work form Ward-Cochrane down the right-hand side he put the ball on a silver platter for Young who will still be wondering how he wasn’t able to put his side ahead.
Kershaney Samuels had a penalty claim waved away at the end of an entertaining first half, that despite not having any goals was still full of action. The highly competitive 45 minutes saw three players make their way into Referee, George Warren’s, book.
The second half started much as the first had finished with chances for both teams, but it was the Robins fans, who in the 63rd minute saw their team break the deadlock. Some quick passing on the edge of the area lead to dangerman David Fisher playing a delightful backheel to Omar Koroma, who saw his first attempt bounce up off of Burbridge, and then at the second time of asking managed to bundle the ball over the line to give Carshalton the lead.
Nine minutes later the Robins doubled their advantage, Price who had been up and down the right-hand side all game sent a dangerous ball across goal which Quarrington- Carter inadvertently turned into his own net.
At 2-0 Adeniyi made changes to see the game out which gave the home fans a first look at new signing Archie Proctor, the young centre back who has joined on loan from AFC Wimbledon for the 2020 season.
The final 20 minutes went by without too much incident but just as the clock struck 90, Fisher was brought down inside the Potters Bar D, and instantly nearly all of the 452 in attendance started to chant for Jordan Cheadle, and the left back was never going to disappoint. Taking one step back he got the ball up and over the Scholars wall, coolly sending the it into back of the net like it was nothing more than a training session.
Eight goals in two games sees Carshalton’s season off to a perfect start in the both the league and cup, and Robins fans won’t have to wait long to see their boys back in action with Faversham Town coming to Colston Avenue on Monday. Adeniyi’s men will be looking to make it three wins from three when they take on the Lilywhites in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.