Carshalton March on in the FA Trophy as they swept aside visiting Salisbury, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 4 - 1 Salisbury
FA Trophy second round
Saturday 12th January 2019
Last five results: LLWLW
Our 'Man of the Match': Michael Dixon
Patrick Ohman came back in between the sticks, while Bobby Price, Jordan Cheadle and Michael Dixon all returned to the starting line-up.
Salisbury made a positive start to this one as Carshalton failed to clear their lines on four minutes - Dan Fitchett latched onto a blocked clearance by Kalvin Morath-Gibbs but Ohman did well to dive at his feet. The loose ball was then played in from the byline and intercepted by Bobby Price, but his control was too strong and Aaron Dawson came in to rifle home a first-time shot back in beyond Ohman and the covering Danny Dudley.
The away side were showing high energy levels to deny Carshalton time and space going forwards, so it was eventually a set-piece on 19 minutes that gave the Robins a route back into the game.
Tommy Bradford and Jordan Cheadle worked a short corner and the former burst between two opponents, with a suspicion of handball by one of the defenders on its way through, before firing a low shot inside the near post. It was Bradford's 98th goal in Robins red.
Both teams continued to be wasteful in possession at times with sloppy passes and control meaning neither could build up a real head of steam, although both Price and Dawson came close to scoring on separate occasions.
But players like Ola Sogbanmu and Dixon began to dominate for the home side and, following a long goal kick up-field on 37 minutes, the pair combined as Sogbanmu guided a loose ball towards Dixon and he guided it first-time beyond the oncoming James Hillson from about 15 yards.
And the Robins took a 3-1 lead into the break as a stoppage time Cheadle corner went into the Salisbury six-yard box and was inadvertently deflected past his own keeper by Elliot Wheeler.
HALF-TIME: 3 - 1
Carshalton started brightly after the break and Christie Pattisson pulled the ball back to Jacob Mendy on 49 minutes, but wide man fired agonisingly just wide from 12 yards.
A minute later and Sogbanmu showed good hold up play before passing to Cheadle whom cut in from the left. He found skipper Paris Hamilton-Downes but his first-time effort went straight at Hillson.
A big melee ensued just before the hour - Hillson spilled a vicious Pattisson shot and Dixon caught the keeper as they both went for the loose ball. Many players from both sides piled in and, at one point, Dawson aimed a headbutt at Cheadle. It thankfully missed but the midfielder went down like it was the other way around and was lucky to escape any official retribution.
But the Robins continued to pour forward and Mendy worked Hillson with a 20 yarder on 65 minutes, but the icing on the cake came 10 minutes later as Dixon burst through on a Mendy flick-on and he was scythed down by Jack Sparkes for a penalty kick.
Hamilton-Downes stepped up and blasted home his second goal of the season to end the game as a contest.
Tom Whelan came close to reducing the arrears with a half volley from 18 yards just over the bar , while sub Peter Adeniyi came mightily close to adding a fifth for Carshalton on 86 minutes but he curled a shot just wide.
Catch all the highlights (with commentary) and post-match reaction via robins.tv
Carshalton go to face Kingstonian in the Surrey Senior Cup on Wednesday 16th January (kick-off 7.45pm) before welcoming Merstham to Colston Avenue on Saturday 19th January (kick-off 3pm).
Carshalton Athletic: Ohman; Price (Swaby - 90), Dudley, Morath-Gibbs, Cheadle; Bradford, Hamilton-Downes (c), Sogbanmu; Pattisson (Adeniyi - 72), Dixon (dos Santos - 77), Mendy
Unused subs: Bishop, Aziaya
Goals: Bradford (19), Dixon (37), Wheeler (45 og), Hamilton-Downes (75 pen)
Assists: Cheadle (2), Sogbanmu, Dixon
Booked: Dudley, Dixon, Cheadle, Hamilton-Downes
Salisbury: Hillson, Rayfield, Sparkes, Whelan, Partridge (Sommerton - 41), Wheeler (Hopper - 46), Benson, Dawson, Fitchett, Shepherd (Young - 56), Haysham
Unused subs: Herbert, Mullings
Goal: Dawson (4)
Booked: Whelan, Fitchett, Sparkes