Match report - victory at Walton Casuals

We ground out another three points on the road as we narrowly defeated Walton Casuals, writes James Barrett-Sterling.




Team news

Bobby Price, Ola Sogbanmu and Christie Pattisson all returned, while Danny Dudley was fit enough to be named on the bench. Ex-Robin Youseff Bamba lined up for our hosts.


Kick-off

Much like the game at Lewes last month, we got off to a blistering start and scored within two minutes.


Pattisson was fed the ball out wide and, rather than take on Ogun-Forster, he fizzed in a low early cross that Sogbanmu slid onto and turned home from six yards.


The provider almost turned scorer on eight minutes as Pattisson let a throw-in run across his body before unleashing a stinging half-volley from 18 yards, only to see Denzil Gerrar tip it away from the top corner at full stretch.


Our hosts' first chance fell to top scorer Josh Kelly on the quarter hour, but his pot shot didn't trouble Billy Bishop.


Neither side created many clear cut chances after that as both defences remained on top - Jordon Cheadle and Harry Mills went into the referee's notebook as several robust challenges went in.


Kelly did fashion some space on 36 minutes to dig out a left-wing cross but it was just too high for Taurean Roberts whom couldn't get enough on his header to test Bishop.


HALF-TIME: 0 - 1


It was Casuals who started the second-half brighter and, a few minutes after the rebound, Roberts skewed in a cross from the right that deflected off the crossbar and Price cleared the loose ball.


Both sides still weren't shirking the physical stuff with Ogun-Forster and Bamba picking up bookings for late challenges, but we weren't creating much and our fans were relieved to see a Kelly free kick take a deflection and go wide.


Bamba was booked on 63 minutes and, just three minutes later, the pacy winger was handed his marching orders.


On a run, he pushed the ball beyond Olishaja further into our box and threw himself over our man's outstretched legs. The referee saw there was no contact and promptly gave the Casuals man a second yellow.


Despite going a man down, Casuals continued to give us problems and twice Bishop denied Roberts, the second save at full stretch as the winger fired towards the top far corner from 20 yards.


But Sogbanmu's goal was enough in the end to earn us the three points which keeps us just behind league leaders Lewes but with a game in hand.


Match highlights and post-match interviews can be found via robins.tv


Next up

We travel to Herne Bay on Tuesday 10th April before Whyteleafe come to Colston Avenue on Saturday 14th April.


Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Price, Morath-Gibbs (c), Olishaja, Cheadle; Adeniyi, Aziaya (Healy - 85), Bradford; Sterling-Parker (Dudley - 85), Sogbanmu (Koroma - 79), Pattisson

Unused subs: Burns, O'Sullivan

Goal: Sogbanmu (2)

Assist: Pattisson

Booked: Cheadle, Aziaya, Healy


Walton Casuals: Gerrar, Mills, Ogun-Forster, A Kelly, Hicks, Hustwick, Roberts (McCormack - 79), Coleman, J Kelly, Sarpong, Bamba

Unused subs: Richardson-Brown, Black, Tanner, Trigwell

Booked: Mills, Ogun-Forster, Bamba, Hicks

Sent off: Bamba


Our Man of the Match: Jordan Cheadle

Attendance: 286

Current league position: 2nd on 90 points (Lewes 1st with 92)

bluebengal.jpg