Match report - 7-0 win seals league title

Updated: Apr 30, 2018

We wrapped up the Bostik South title in emphatic fashion on Saturday, writes James Barrett-Sterling.


Champions: Tommy Bradford celebrates putting us 3-0 up (picture: Ian Gerrard)

Team news

Bobby Price, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs and Paris Hamilton-Downes were all fit enough to come back into the starting line-up.


Kick-off

We knew any kind of victory would mean we'd be champions and the players quelled any pre-match nerves by making the best possible start.


There was only four minutes on the clock when Ola Sogbanmu swapped passes with Tommy Bradford before bursting into the box and beating Joe Mant with a low left-footed shot.


The same pair combined neatly again less than 10 minutes later but this time Mant denied our goalscorer.


Raheem Sterling-Parker then caused some panic in the visiting defence before forcing Mant into another low save. Our first corner delivery was defended for another but Hamilton-Downes saw his header on the cross cleared off the line with Mant beaten.


We didn't let up and VCD were finding it hard to trouble Billy Bishop at all, although if a 21st minute Christie Pattisson cross had dipped inside the top far corner it would've been harsh on our visitors.


VCD finally put our defence under some pressure on 25 minutes and eventually won a corner, but Sam Gorbell put a header well off target from 10 yards.


Pattisson made his mark on 29 minutes as he got at Awotwi down the right before delivering a low cross that took a slight nick off another defender and nestled inside the far post.


And the fans were in dreamland just four minutes later as Sterling-Parker fashioned himself a chance which Mant could only parry and Bradford, from among a forest of players, slammed home from close range.


Colston Avenue was rocking and, just as the game was entering added time, we won a free kick 20 yards from goal. Jordan Cheadle stepped up and hit a venomous shot into the top far corner for his seventh goal of the campaign.


HALF-TIME: 4 - 0


We made a bright start to the second-half despite our comfortable position, although Michael Aziaya had to be replaced on 57 minutes through injury, Omar Koroma coming on.


And Koroma got right into the thick of it, forcing Mant into a good save with a firm 25 yard drive.


Danny Dudley then came on for Morath-Gibbs and his first real action saw him head a corner against VCD's crossbar. Our visitors failed to really clear the danger and, as the ball went out to Bradford on the left, Sogbanmu connected with a left-wing cross to head in his 11th goal of the season.


We were five goals to the good, and Lewes were still level at 0-0, so a party atmosphere began to build inside the ground.


VCD finally worked Billy Bishop but our goalkeeper stood firm and blocked away a shot from inside our box.


And we added two more goals,via two more different players, during the last 10 minutes - Pattisson was fouled inside the area and, after some deliberation, Peter Adeniyi stepped up and coolly beat the dive of Mant low to his left.


Then, just before the final whistle, Bradford was chief architect again as he got free on the left before playing a ball in that Koroma rammed home first-time from six yards.


See match highlights and post-match interviews/celebrations via robins.tv


Thank you for all your support this season - we'll see you again for our first season back in the Bostik Premier starting August!


Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Price, Morath-Gibbs (Dudley - 61), Hamilton-Downes (c), Cheadle; Adeniyi, Aziaya (Koroma - 57), Bradford; Pattisson, Sogbanmu (Healy - 71), Sterling-Parker

Unused subs: Burns, O'Sullivan

Goals: Sogbanmu (4 and 63), Pattisson (29), Bradford (32), Cheadle (45), Adeniyi (83 pen), Koroma (89)

Assists: Bradford (3), Sterling-Parker, Pattisson


VCD Athletic: Mant, Eweka, Awotwi, Baker, Gorbell, Smith (Kalenga - 68), Adebayo, Gordon, Gyamfi, Kamara, El-Moyhabel

Unused subs: Jubrill, Imudia, Adeyoola, Camara

Booked: Gorbell


Our 'Man of the Match': Ola Sogbanmu

Attendance: 785

Final league position: 1st (champions)