It was a first victory of the season as Carshalton won a pulsating game against Bishop's Stortford 4-2, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 4 - 2 Bishop's Stortford
Saturday 17th August 2019
Last three results: LLW
Our 'Man of the Match': Omar Koroma
Jerry Amoo came back into the starting line-up, while Christie Pattisson and Peter Adeniyi were given their first starts of the season. Michael Kamara dropped to the bench where Raheem Sterling-Parker was named for the first time since last November.
The Robins got off to a flyer in this one as, just three minutes in, Pattisson found Omar Koroma on the edge of the Blues' area. He took a touch, turned and smashed a shot beyond Fred Burbidge for his second of the season.
Koroma almost doubled that lead a minute later but he couldn't quite guide a low Ricky Korboa finish on target from eight yards.
Korboa was next to test the visitors' goal but this time Burbidge got behind the 20 yard attempt.
So far, so good for the home fans but Stortford's first real attack on 16 minutes yielded an equaliser - no-one picked up the run of Luke Callander and the striker headed home Ben Sampayo's inswinging cross.
Carshalton responded almost straightaway as Amoo and Korboa combined on the left and the latter fizzed in an angeld shot that Burbidge had to tip over.
But the Robins did retake the lead just after the half hour mark as Amoo was felled inside the Stortford area. Penalties were a sore subject last season but the new boy picked himself up and slotted the spot-kick in past a static Burbidge.
The closest the visitors came to worrying Patrick Ohman again was on 41 minutes but Johnville Renee's 20 yard effort sailed way over the crossbar.
HALF-TIME: 2 - 1
Stortford started brightly after the break but Callander stabbed a blocked shot wide and Carshalton went up the other end to score a third.
The Robins won a free kick on the far side, Paris Hamilton-Downes played it in and Daniel Pappoe rose highest to head the ball down and into the net.
Carshalton's two-goal cushion didn't last long however - seasoned striker Jamie Cureton got in behind the home defence on 54 minutes and he flicked a neat finish beyond Ohman to make it 3-2.
The home side's heads didn't drop however as Pappoe blasted a 30 yard effort just wide, Ernold Haxhiu had a 15 yard effort blocked away by a lunging defender and Ola Sogbanmu popped a header on the resultant corner at Burbidge.
Pattisson also tested Burbidge from distance on 68 minutes but, just three minutes later, Carshalton grabbed their fourth via a familiar route.
Koroma and Adeniyi played a neat one-two and the striker's second attempt on goal, after the first was blocked by Sam Robbins, found its way into the back of the net.
He fancied a hat-trick on 81 minutes as another Hamilton-Downes free kick was played into the Blues' box, but Burbidge comfortably gathered Koroma's header.
A big cheer went up at the final whistle as this win was the first points on the board of the new campaign.
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Carshalton Athletic: Ohman; Price, Pappoe, Hamilton-Downes (c), Samuels; Haxhiu, Adeniyi, Amoo (Sogbanmu - 60); Pattisson (Sterling-Parker - 77), Koroma (Phillips - 86), Korboa
Unused subs: Dudley, Kamara
Goals: Koroma (3 and 71), Amoo (32 pen), Pappoe (51)
Assists: Pattisson, Hamilton-Downes, Adeniyi
Bishop's Stortford: Burbidge, Sampayo, Thomas, Robbins (c), Henshaw, Warman (Morgan - 62), Cureton, Renee, Haines, Worman (Loiwe - 83), Callander (Miles - 83)
Unused subs: Mycroft-Edwards, Nazor
Goals: Callander (16), Cureton (54)