A solitary goal was enough to seal Carshalton a first 'league double' of the season against Bognor, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 0 Bognor Regis Town Isthmian Premier League Saturday 7th December 2019 Attendance: 411 Last five results: WLWWW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Ernold Haxhiu
Team news There were two changes from the side that beat Wingate and Finchely last time out – Peter Adeniyi and Jordan Cheadle dropped to the bench for Ernold Haxhiu and Kershaney Samuels. Striker Harry Ottaway was named in the squad for the first time this season.
Kick-off The game was played at a frenetic tempo throughout, typified by Bobby Price’s second minute strike on Bognor’s goal – it left keeper Amadou Tangara rooted to the spot, but the ball cannoned off both posts without going over the line.
The visitors, who had won five of their last six league games ahead of this one, carved out a great chance of their own before the 10 minute mark but Aston Leigh’s free header on a deep cross went straight at Kleton Perntreou.
Price almost scored at the wrong end during a Bognor attack on 17 minutes – he tried to clear a cross and the ball flew right in front of his own goal, only needing a touch off anyone to fly in.
A strange incident occurred just before the 20 minute mark – Jerry Amoo got down the left and the ball, via Tommy Bradford, went in for Christie Pattisson to run onto. Tangara came out, the forward went down and the referee seemed to award a spot-kick, but play bizarrely restarted with a goal kick a minute later.
But the deadlock was broken a few minutes later as a long pass was only half-cleared by the Bognor defence, Samuels latched onto it and played a neat one-two with Bradford before side-footing the ball home from eight yards.
It was his first goal since signing for the club in pre-season and it was a lovely move that deserved a goal at the end of it.
The game continued to swing back-and-forth but neither goalkeeper was called into serious action, a fact still true even after James Crane smashed an effort from 15 yards off Perntreou’s near post on 36 minutes.
But Perntreou had to be alert in first-half stoppage time as Lenny Hein was caught in possession midway inside his own half by Tom Scutt, but the home keeper was equal to his eventual shot on goal.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 0
The Robins started on the front foot after the break with Adeniyi’s close range effort forcing a corner. The initial delivery was cleared but Carshalton kept up the pressure until Amoo saw a shot deflected off target with Tangara sprawling.
The referee played a good advantage on the hour, after Bradford was clattered to the floor by Joe Cook, and Pattisson got down the left before picking out Price with a low pass, but Tangara pulled out a fantastic save to deny the defender.
Scutt might still be replaying the next chance of the match as he should’ve equalised for Bognor – he did excellently to break past two opponents into the Carshalton box but, instead of having a shot as Perntreou tried to make himself big, he squared the ball straight into a crowd of red shirts.
Both sides made changes, with Ottaway coming on for his first appearance of the season, but Price was left cursing at the sky on 68 minutes – again it was Pattisson whom teed him up but his venomous strike smashed against the near post.
Pattisson himself got a glimpse of goal a minute later but he flashed a low strike just wide of the far post.
The Robins continued to press forward and Haxhiu did well down the right before finding Amoo. He did well to make some space for a shot but Tangara brilliantly pushed the ball away.
The concern now, going into the last 15 minutes, was perhaps a failure to convert any of those second-half chances might come back to haunt the Robins, and Bognor certainly tried their best to make that happen.
Ashton Leigh tried his luck from 20 yards which had Perntreou down to palm the ball away, while a low Crane cross was just in front of everyone inside the Carshalton six-yard area.
Ottaway was showing some neat touches and his through ball on 79 minutes got Amoo away. He squared the ball to an unmarked Pattisson but, from just inside the Bognor area, he blasted the ball way over the bar.
A long ball found Ottaway and Amoo two-on-two on 84 minutes and the returning striker managed to flick the ball over his marker towards his teammate, but a combination of Tangara and Keaton Wood meant Amoo couldn’t hit the target.
And thankfully the visitors’ last real chance of the game, an angled drive on the far side of the pitch just two minutes later, was pushed away by Perntreou to ensure a clean sheet.
This victory was Carshalton’s third on the bounce and has moved the club up into fifth in the Isthmian Premier League table.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Haxhiu, Read (Adeniyi – 40), Pappoe, Hamilton-Downes, Price; Bradford, Hein (Ottaway – 66), Samuels (Cheadle – 73); Pattisson, Amoo Goal: Samuels (24) Assist: Bradford Booked: Perntreou
Bognor Regis Town: Tangara, Dandy, Crane, Tuck, Cook, Wood, Whyte (c) (Mendoza - 73), T Leigh, Smith, Scutt (Hopkinson - 64), A Leigh (Edwards – 78) Unused subs: Wakely, Hensel Booked: Wood, Cook, Whyte