Carshalton registered a second win on the bounce as they saw off struggling Brightlingsea Regent, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 2 – 0 Brightlingsea Regent Isthmian Premier League Monday 18th November 2019 Attendance: 224 Last five results: DLWWW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Peter Adeniyi
Team news There were three changes from the side that beat Cheshunt last Saturday – out went Bobby Price, Lenny Hein and Christie Pattisson as Peter Adeniyi, Kershaney Samuels and Jerry Amoo came back in.
Kick-off Carshalton started brightly in this one and, on nine minutes, a thunderous free kick by Omar Koroma forced Regent keeper Charlie Turner into tipping the ball over at full stretch.
The striker had an even better chance two minutes later as he met Peter Adeniyi’s delivery six yards out, but he guided the ball over the crossbar.
The Robins came again on 14 minutes and the visiting defence could only half-clear an Ernold Haxhiu cross, but Turner got behind Paris Hamilton-Downes’ firm strike from 20 yards.
Brightlingsea were working hard to try and deny their hosts any further glimpses of goal, but the deadlock was broken via a more direct route on 25 minutes.
Koroma flicked on Haxhiu’s long ball into the path of Amoo who, while holding off the attentions of Matt Cripps, eventually dinked the ball over a committed Turner before cushioning it into an empty net.
For all Brightlingsea’s endeavour in denying Carshalton time and space whenever the home side crossed the halfway line, Kleton Perntreou hadn’t anything to do during the first 35 minutes.
But the Robins’ keeper was alert as Romario Dunne took aim from 20 yards and he got down low to palm the ball round his left-hand post.
That was as good as it got for Regent during the first-half however as Adeniyi almost doubled his side’s lead on 43 minutes, but his close range effort was blocked away by a defender.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 0
There was a different energy to the second-half as both sides created good early chances – Amoo was played in beyond the Regent defence and his speculative lob from 25 yards just failed to dip under the crossbar.
Then Regent came forward and Reece Dobson put the wind up the home fans by curling a 20 yard shot against Carshalton’s crossbar.
The Robins went on the attack again and Adeniyi got on the end of Korboa’s low cross on 52 minutes. He spun by the penalty spot and curled goalwards, but Turner got down to push the ball away.
Carshalton kept up the pressure but Turner was at it again, turning away Samuels’ firm drive from distance with a strong left hand.
And Adeniyi lined up another one on the hour, following good work by Amoo and Tommy Bradford, but his shot whistled just off target.
Brightlingsea began to tire as Perntreou became a virtual spectator in the last 20 minutes, but a 1-0 lead is always a slender one and the home fans were wondering if Turner’s heroics might prove decisive.
But Robins top scorer Ricky Korboa calmed the nerves on 84 minutes as Luke Read played him away over halfway and, despite being outnumbered two-to-one, he managed to eventually slip a left-footed shot in from just inside the visitors’ area.
Bradford almost added a third in added time, after a poor Turner clearance was collected by Samuels and played forward, but his turn and hit rolled narrowly wide of the far post.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Haxhiu (Pappoe - 86), Read, Dudley, Hamilton-Downes (c); Bradford, Adeniyi, Samuels; Amoo (Pattisson – 68), Koroma (Hein – 76), Korboa Unused subs: Perez, Cheadle Goals: Amoo (25), Korboa (84) Assists: Koroma, Read
Brightlingsea Regent: Turner, Gelashvili (Josh Gould – 86), Jake Gould (F Nazor – 72), Boyland, Forrest, Cripps (c), Dunne, Turner, Hunt, Howell, Dobson (Y Nazor – 65) Unused sub: Bugg Booked: Jake Gould