Friendly report - win over Tooting

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

We needed two late goals to seal victory in this energetic friendly against Tooting and Mitcham United, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

The first shot in anger arrived on six minutes but Jordan Cheadle's 45 yarder drifted off target.

But we took the lead when Ricky Korboa and Rio Davidson-Phipps built down the right and the full back played his teammate in to drill low past Matty Pearson on 12 minutes.

Tooting wanted a spot-kick four minutes later as Billy Dunn claimed that James Richmond had handled his goalbound effort from 15 yards, but the referee waved it away.

Both sides played with a high intensity so further chances were at a premium until we almost added a second on 32 minutes.

We defended a Tooting corner and Dos Santos took Ryan Healy's clearing header forward before swapping passes with Jordan Clarke. He burst through on goal and rounded an incoming Pearson but the angle was terrible and he tried to find Korboa before a late offside flag halted proceedings.

There was an unsavoury moment on 39 minutes as Healy tackled Eli Simpson and the ball rolled out of play. The visiting forward got up and kicked out at our man and a melee ensued - once the dust has settled, and both sides consulted, the referee asked for Simpson to be substituted.

Billy Bishop wasn't found wanting in added time as Tooting won a free kick a yard outside our area, but our keeper tipped the shot onto the crossbar.

HALF-TIME: 1 - 0

We introduced some subs for the start of the second-half but we doubled our lead through a familiar source.

Korboa took a pass on the left before cutting in across his marker and into the box. The Tooting defence backed off and he flashed another low shot beyond Pearson.

More subs entered the fray and a poor pass by Bishop on the hour saw Hibbert tee up Dunn inside our area - the forward had an empty goal to aim at but Kalvin Morath-Gibbs stuck a leg out and thankfully diverted the shot wide.

We should've made it 3-0 on 67 minutes as a corner was flicked on but James Richmond crashed a volley over from three yards.

Our visitors reduced the arrears on 74 minutes as another free kick was again palmed against the bar by Bishop, but this time Isiah Jones rise highest to nod the ball into the net.

And the Tooting sub drew his side level just four minutes later when he ran through a forest of players before coolly slotting past Bishop.

However, a free kick of our own led to us restoring our advantage on 84 minutes - Cheadle typically stepped up and curled the ball in off the far post from 20 yards.

And a pass put Tommy Bradford clean through on 88 minutes and he bore down on goal before squeezing a shot in between Pearson and the near post to make it 4-2.

Next up

We host South Park on Wednesday 1st August before Sittingbourne arrive for our last pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday 4th August.

Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Davidson-Phipps (Price - 46), Cheadle (c), Aziaya, Morath-Gibbs (Oshilaja - 72), Richmond (Alexiou - 72), Dos Santos (Phillips - 46), Healy (Sogbanmu - 46), Sterling-Parker (Dixon - 46), Clarke (Bradford - 39), Korboa (Adeniyi - 63)

Unused sub: Lopez-Dovale

Goals: Korboa (12 and 48), Cheadle (84), Bradford (88)

Tooting and Mitcham Utd: Pearson, Cave (Domeningo - 59), Kyei, Patterson-Bohner (c), Faduhnsi, Rowe (Zamara - 63), Wilson (Nuur - 59), Morgan-Griffiths, Bennett (Ajeon - 59), Dunn (Jones - 72), Simpson (Hibbert - 39)

Unused subs: Aliu, Bassett

Attendance: 158