It was a fine afternoon as Carshalton inflicted Cray Wanderers’ first away defeat of the season, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 4 – 0 Cray Wanderers Isthmian Premier League Saturday 30th November 2019 Attendance: 332 Last five results: WWWLW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Daniel Pappoe
Team news There were three changes from the side that lost to Enfield Town in the week – Danny Dudley, Tommy Bradford and Jerry Amoo were replaced by Daniel Pappoe, Peter Adeniyi and Omar Koroma.
Kick-off Unlike the previous two matches, it was Carshalton that grabbed an early goal in this one – Paris Hamilton-Downes broke a Cray attack up on five minutes and Kershaney Samuels took the ball towards halfway. He picked out the run of Christie Pattisson with a great ball over the top that got the forward in behind Thomas Carlse. He took an early shot that angled past keeper Lewis Carey and went in off the far post.
It was the perfect start but the home side’s rhythm was almost disrupted on 14 minutes as striker Omar Koroma picked up a muscle injury and was replaced by Lenny Hein.
But Ricky Korboa remained a goal threat and he had the home fans cheering again on 21 minutes – the Robins won possession midway inside the visitors’ half, Ernie Haxhiu eventually slipped the forward in and he calmly slotted home his 10th of the season.
Carshalton’s high-energy pressing game kept Cray at bay and manager Tony Russell changed his formation on 30 minutes, introducing forward Tom Murphy to support 21-goal Joseph Taylor up top.
Taylor wasn’t getting a sniff of goal, thanks mainly in part to a good marking job by Pappoe, and Murphy twice found Kleton Perntreou alert when trying his luck from distance.
Pattisson put a low effort just wide from 20 yards before the break, but Cray struggled to penetrate the Robins rearguard and create a serious chance within the 18 yard box.
HALF-TIME: 2 – 0
Carshalton almost grabbed a third within two minutes of the restart – Carey pushed away a shot only as far as Pattisson whom bundled it back past the keeper, but the ball ricocheted off the far post and Carey recovered to push the ball away again.
Joel Rollinson had a shot deflected wide from 20 yards as Cray tried to push, but the Robins effectively sealed the three points on the hour – Korboa was felled in the visitors’ area, the referee pointed to the spot and Bobby Price coolly converted from 12 yards.
Haxhiu led a fine forward charge, after winning possession himself midway inside his own half, on 63 minutes and the ball, via Adeniyi, arrived at Pattisson’s feet six yards from goal but he fired straight at Carey.
A fourth goal did materialise though and, as he did last Tuesday against Enfield Town, skipper Paris Hamilton-Downes headed home a corner kick for his third goal of the season.
Perntreou proved himself alert as Rollinson tested him on 69 minutes, while sub Jordan Cheadle hit a 25 yard free kick that Carey got across to pluck out the air.
The last word almost fell to Samuels as Korboa and sub Jerry Amoo played a couple of one-twos to get into the Cray area, a defensive block put the ball up into the air and the midfielder hit a dipping volley that flew just off target.
This victory puts Carshalton up to seventh place in the Isthmian Premier League and just two points behind their visitors.
Catch match highlights and post-game reaction via robins.tv soon.
Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Price (Cheadle – 68), Read, Pappoe, Hamilton-Downes (c); Samuels, Adeniyi, Haxhiu (Amoo – 74); Pattisson, Koroma (Hein – 15), Korboa Unused subs: Perez, Bradford Goals: Pattisson (5), Korboa (21), Price (61 pen), Hamilton-Downes (67) Assists: Samuels, Haxhiu, Korboa, Pattisson
Cray Wanderers: Carey, Williams (c) (Coker – 40), Carlse, Leader, Nelson, Lewis, Taylor, Pritchard, Mundele, Allen (Murphy – 30), Rollinson (Frederico-Avade – 74) Unused subs: Hall, Okonkwo