Carshalton Athletic tightened their grip on a Bostik Premier play-off place by seeing off relegation-threatened Burgess Hill Town, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 2 - 0 Burgess Hill Town
Bostik Premier League
Friday 19th April 2019
Last five results: WLWWW
Our 'Man of the match': Ricky Korboa
Player/boss Peter Adeniyi named the same starting eleven for the third consecutive match, while Kalvin Morath-Gibbs came onto the subs bench in place of Danny Dudley.
It was a tight affair in the first-half - Burgess Hill started with purpose but neither keeper was called into action until Josh James comfortably clutched with a Ricky Korboa strike on 14 minutes. Korboa was at it again two minutes later as a poor defensive header dropped to him and he eventually drove an angled shot wide of the far post. Carshalton continued to press forward and Omar Koroma latched on to a searching ball by Daniel Pappoe on 26 minutes. The striker bustled past Boris Kipeye-Bonno but his rising shot flashed into the near side-netting. The visitors almost made the Robins pay for their wastefulness as they took a quick free kick on the left. Joseph Felix swung in a cross that was met by Ross Murdoch but, from six yards out, he guided a header over the crossbar. Chances kept coming in the air - this time a free kick for Carshalton was played in by Peter Adeniyi and Luke Read guided a free header wide of the mark. But the breakthrough came five minutes before the break as a low cross by Bobby Price was only half-cleared and Korboa careered an 18 yard half volley beyond James. HALF-TIME: 1 - 0 The second-half began quietly until the hour mark when Harry Ottaway crashed a half volley over James' bar and Daniel Beck headed another glorious chance for Town to score straight at Billy Bishop. But Korboa certainly knows where the back of the net is at the moment as, on 62 minutes, he fired in his 14th of the season from the edge of the area to effectively seal the three points. Carshalton perhaps should've won by a greater scoreline - Tommy Bradford played Koroma down the inside right channel on 64 minutes and was completely unmarked for a square ball in return, but the striker thrashed a effort into the side-netting. Substitute Christie Pattisson created a chance on 76 minutes only for James to get down smartly and parry the ball away, and the same man was at the end of a flowing move involving Bobby Price and Jacob Mendy. He bore down on goal but James got the slightest nick to see the ball round the post. Pattisson almost turned provider on 90 minutes as he collected a poor pass and played Bradford in on goal, but the forward's dinked effort didn't clear James and the keeper scrambled the ball away. Bishop hadn't had much to do during the 90 minutes but he was alert enough to maintain his clean sheet right at the death by claiming a low deflected effort by Beck. Catch match highlights (with commentary) and post-match reaction coming soon via robins.tv Next up The Robins travel to Tonbridge Angels on Monday 22nd April (kick-off 3pm) before the season ends at home to Bishop's Stortford on Saturday 27th April (kick-off 3pm). Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Price, Pappoe (Olomowewe - 85), Read, Mendy; Bradford, Adeniyi, Hamilton-Downes (c); Koroma (Pattisson - 71), Ottaway, Korboa (Cheadle - 75) Unused subs: Morath-Gibbs, Ohman Goals: Korboa (41 and 62) Assists: Price, Ottaway
Booked: Hamilton-Downes Burgess Hill Town: James, Kipeye-Bonno, Cadman, Wilson, Toure, Jonah, Felix (Rance - 65), Beck (c), Wood (Smith-Joseph - 47), Murdoch (Ryder - 65), Harding Unused subs: Bennett, Tuck Booked: Jonah, Kipeye-Bonno, Wilson