Match report vs South Park at Whitehall Road

Updated: Mar 16, 2018

We endured a nervy finish to emerge with three points from a traditionally unfavourable trip to South Park on Tuesday night, writes James Barrett-Sterling.


Team news

Kalvin Morath-Gibbs replaced Ryan Healy in the only change from Saturday's win against Molesey. Ex-Robin Jordan Bird lined up for our hosts.


Kick-off

We hadn't won at Whitehall Lane since the two clubs found themselves in the Bostik South, but we went into the match in good form - nine wins from our last 11 games.


A sticky pitch awaited us at kick-off but we created the most chances during the opening 45 minutes, with Christie Pattisson in particular forcing a good save out of keeper Callum Thomas.


Tommy Bradford and Danny Dudley also couldn't convert from good positions and we went in level at the break.


We finally broke the stalemate three minutes after the break as that man Omar Koroma thumped a free header on a Ricky Korboa cross past Thomas - his twelfth goal in only his 11th appearance since joining us on loan this season.


Another man in form is Bradford whom followed up his two goals in Saturday by putting us two-up on 56 minutes - Korboa blocked a poor defensive pass before picking out Bradford whom cut inside his marker before slotting neatly beyond Thomas from just inside the area.


And the travelling fans were in clover just after the hour as Pattisson saw an 18 yard shot deflect off Koroma and then the unfortunate Jordan Bird to nestle inside the near post.


We looked to be coasting to victory and made a few substitutions to rest some legs, but South Park grabbed one back through Chris Smith, following a one-two to split our defence, with three minutes to go.


This wasn't mere consolation however as Smith scored again just as the match headed into added time.


The nerves were palpable in the away end but Billy Bishop played his part in this victory, firstly by getting bravely blocking a strike by Smith from six yards out.


Park kept pushing and, as the ball cannoned around our area with less than a minute of added time to go, Bishop got the merest of touches on a header that threatened to loop inside his right-hand post.


All the action and post-match interviews will be on robins.tv


Next up

We travel to Ramsgate on Saturday 17th March before heading to Lewes on Wednesday 21st March.


Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Price, Dudley, Morath-Gibbs, Cheadle; Bradford, Aziaya (Healy - 80), Hamilton-Downes (c); Pattisson, Koroma (Sterling-Parker - 74), Korboa (O'Sullivan - 80)

Unused subs: Olishaja, Adeniyi

Goals: Koroma (48), Bradford (56), Bird (63 own goal)

Assists: Korboa (2). Koroma


South Park: Thomas, Lovegrove, Bird (Stone - 78), Elliott, Merchant, Gallagher (McElligott - 65), Windsor (Gill - 72), Moody, Mazzone, Smith, Jackson

Unused subs: Senior, Lester

Goals: Smith (87 and 90)

Booked: Jackson


Attendance: 116

Current league position: 2nd with 77 points (Lewes 1st with 80)


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