Written by: Chris Brenta
After weather rained off Saturday’s fixture, fans were treated to true mid-week football when Carshalton travelled to Merstham in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy, where two teams at opposite ends of the Isthmian Premier Division were both looking to make it to the first round proper where Essex based Barking lay in wait.
Captain Paris Hamilton-Downes was the only change from the side that had beaten Enfield Town 10 days prior, which meant a start for Ernold Haxhiu. Bobby Price took the armband in Hamilton-Downes first absence of the season. The Moatsiders made five changes from the side that got trounced by Cray last weekend.