It finished honours even as both goalkeepers pulled out several good saves throughout this tight affair, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 1 – 1 Folkestone Invicta Isthmian Premier League Saturday 2nd November 2019 Attendance: 502 Last five results: LWDWD Our ‘Man of the Match’: Daniel Pappoe
Team news Kershaney Samuels came in for Ernold Haxhiu in the only change from last week’s win in the FA Trophy. Ex-Robin Jerson dos Santos lined up for Folkestone.
Kick-off The match began evenly in blustery wet conditions but Carshalton unfortunately lost Ola Sogbanmu early doors, after he took a knock via a challenge by Sam Hasler which he then couldn’t run off.
Kleton Perntreou was the first goalkeeper called into action when, on 25 minutes, he had to palm away a cross-shot by Kieran McCann from the left.
The Robins first real glimpse of the visitors’ goal came five minutes later – a neat move involving Tommy Bradford and Ricky Korboa saw the former play Christie Pattisson in, but the winger ballooned a shot over the crossbar.
Folkestone then created a neat opening as McCann got Scott Heard away down the left and his low centre was almost met by Ira Jackson, but then Paris Hamilton-Downes could only kill the ball dead three yards from goal - luckily there were enough men in red back to smuggle the ball away.
The opening goal came seven minutes before half-time as Bobby Price dinked in a cross towards Bradford. It seemed the forward’s first touch had taken the ball away from him, but he managed to swivel and plant a shot over Henry Newcombe from 15 yards.
And Carshalton almost doubled their lead on 42 minutes as Korboa guided a low Bradford free kick on target, but Newcombe sprang to stop the ball bulging his net.
HALF-TIME: 1 - 0
But the Robins’ lead didn’t last long after the break as, on 49 minutes, a short corner routine ended with Hasler’s 20 yard hit being deflected to dos Santos whom scored from close range. It seemed the linesman raised his flag at some point during the build-up but the referee signalled for the goal.
Carshalton went back on the offensive and perhaps should’ve restored their lead less than five minutes later – Daniel Pappoe’s long pass got Korboa in one-on-one with Newcombe but the keeper did well to block the shot away.
The visitors hit back with a Hasler free kick which forced Perntreou into a full stretch save on the hour mark, while sub Ernold Haxhiu planted a weak effort at Newcombe following good work by Pattisson to tee him up.
But Newcombe was at it again with 20 minutes left – Danny Dudley got Korboa in down the left and the forward’s low cross was deflected on target, but the shot-stopper arched his back and stopped the ball from dropping in.
Korboa was in again a few minutes later as Pattisson got the ball across the Folkestone box, but a combination of Newcombe and Matt Newman blocked his shot off target.
Perntreou was alert to Heard’s pot shot from 30 yards two minutes later but that was the last real chance of the match as neither side really committed to leaving gaps at the back during the last 10 minutes.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Price, Read, Pappoe, Dudley, Hamilton-Downes (c); Sogbanmu (Haxhiu – 14), Samuels; Korboa, Bradford (Koroma – 77), Pattisson Unused subs: Dario, Cheadle, Adeniyi Goal: Bradford (38) Assist: Price Booked: Read
Folkestone Invicta: Newcombe, Vincent, Paxman, Newman, Davies (c), Hasler, Heard, Dolan, Jackson, dos Santos, McCann Unused subs: Blanks, Ter Horst, O’Mara, Roberts Goal: dos Santos (49) Booked: Hasler