We ended Dorking's long winning streak as a second-half comeback saw us earn victory, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Dorking Wanderers 2 - 3 Carshalton Athletic
Bostik Premier League
Saturday 16th March 2019
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Our 'Man of the Match': Harry Ottaway
Luke Read and Tommy Bradford came back in for this one, while Omar Koroma was back among the substitutes. Dorking boasted four ex-Robins in their squad - David Ray, Lewis Taylor, Niall McManus and Reece Hall.
Dorking had won their last eleven games and so the task ahead of Carshalton was very apparent, but the first chance fell to the Robins as Olomowewe guided a corner kick on target but Jason Prior hooked the ball away from the goal-line.
Harry Ottaway then put a potshot from 30 yards not far wide but Dorking's first real attack yielded the opening goal as Matt Briggs put in a low centre that Luke Moore swept in from close range.
The Wands almost doubled that lead on 20 minutes as Niall McManus nabbed the ball off Luke Read and bore down on goal, but Patrick Ohman stayed big and blocked the shot away at his near post.
But, although Dorking were dominating possession, Carshalton were still in the game and a cleared corner on 29 minutes eventually saw Ottaway race towards goal. He managed to hold off a couple of challenges but his shot was deflected off target.
The first sign of tempers fraying came just after the half-hour mark as Moore clashed with Daniel Pappoe by the touchline and several players made their feelings known to the officials with the goalscorer was ultimately booked.
The big defender came close to guiding a Tommy Bradford free kick on target two minutes later and Read then went into the referee's book for a tough tackle on halfway.
A big melee broke out on the stroke of half-time as Ricky Korboa and McManus slid in together and the Dorking midfielder tried to leave a boot in as the pair tangled. When it didn't connect, McManus then pretended Korboa had somehow caught him in the face and proceeded to roll around. The linesman, who was right on top of the incident, shook his head when quizzed by the referee and perhaps the home player was lucky not to be cautioned for simulation.
HALF-TIME: 1 - 0
The Robins came out with more purpose and Hamilton-Downes played a neat one-two with Korboa before swinging over a dangerous cross. Ottaway's initial header was blocked but he got a second chance only for Slavomir Huk to palm away his low shot.
But, on 51 minutes, Ottaway this time got Hamilton-Downes away down the left and, this time, his lovely cross was met by the head of Bobby Price whom levelled from six yards.
And Carshalton took the lead just six minutes later as a flowing move involving Kalvin Morath-Gibbs, Pappoe and Ottaway got Ricky Korboa in on goal and his guided square pass found Bradford whom rifled beyond Huk from 10 yards.
The Robins were in the ascendancy now and Dorking made a double substitution, introducing striker Elliott Buchanan, while Danny Dudley and Briggs both picked up yellow cards.
A long ball by Morath-Gibbs found Korboa on 69 minutes and his eventual angled drive forced Huk into a low save and the keeper denied the same man again two minutes later as Korboa tried his luck with his left foot that time.
But a third goal did arrive on 79 minutes as Korboa took down a long ball, found Ottaway and his pinpoint pass got Bradford beyond the home defence and he coolly slotted past Huk.
The Robins now looked comfortable, especially when Ohman got behind a James McShane half volley, but Buchanan spectacularly reduced the arrears with a ferocious half volley from outside the box on 86 minutes.
Nerves were jangling among the visiting fans and Briggs fired a 35 yard attempt not far over Ohman's crossbar before the game entered added time.
Both sides could've scored in that period - sub Christie Pattisson dragged an angled shot just wide of Huk's far post, while Ohman bravely blocked at the feet of Prior after the forward latched onto a forward ball - but Carshalton held on to go 11 league games unbeaten.
Catch match highlights (with commentary) and post-match reaction via robins.tv
Carshalton welcome Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday 23rd March before they head off to Corinthian Casuals on Saturday 30th March (kick-off 3pm).
Carshalton Athletic: Ohman; Price, Olomowewe (Adeniyi - 90), Dudley, Hamilton-Downes (c); Read, Pappoe, Morath-Gibbs; Bradford, Ottaway, Korboa (Pattisson - 85) Unused subs: Cheadle, Koroma, Dixon
Goals: Price (51), Bradford (58 and 79)
Assists: Hamilton-Downes, Korboa, Ottaway
Booked: Read, Dudley, Olomowewe, Pappoe
Dorking Wanderers: Huk; Ray, El-Abd, Moore, Philpott (Beard - 66); McManus (Buchanan - 66), Taylor, Briggs, McShane, Richards (Hall - 80); Prior
Unused subs: Sheridan, Sole
Goals: Moore (14), Buchanan (86)
Booked: Moore, Briggs