Two goals in as many minutes saw Carshalton snatch a point from the jaws of defeat in North London, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Haringey Borough 2 – 2 Carshalton Athletic Isthmian Premier League Monday 27th January 2020 Attendance: 245 Last five results: LWWLD Our ‘Man of the Match’: Ernold Haxhiu
Team news There were four changes from the side that lost to Kingstonian last Saturday – Peter Adeniyi, Ernold Haxhiu,, Lenny Hein and Omar Koroma came in for Daniel Pappoe., Danny Dudley, Tommy Bradford and Christie Pattisson.
Kick-off Carshalton almost made a perfect start to this one as, on three minutes, Koroma put Lewis White clean through on goal. He rounded goalkeeper Valery Pajetat and squeezed a low shot in on the angle but Jorge Sambu had got back to block the ball almost off the line.
The next chance fell to Harry Ottaway whom got goalside of his marker on a Peter Adeniyi free kick, but the striker guided his shot over the crossbar.
But Haringey weathered the early pressure and opened the scoring on 24 minutes – a free kick delivery bounced up in front of Kleton Perntreou whom pushed the ball into a crowd of players and Romoluwa Akinola slammed it back with interest.
It was hard to take but the Robins got back on the front foot and Hein came so close to equalising less than five minutes later, but his header on a corner delivery was nodded off the line by defender Jack Barthram.
Joint top goalscorer Ricky Korboa then hobbled off with a muscle injury, Bradford taking his place, but White had another great chance to score on 37 minutes – he got in on a ball over the top, rounded Pajetat again but this time lofted a shot over the bar.
Perntreou’s goal lived a charmed life in added time – Akinola passed a shot on target that rattled the keeper’s far post and, after getting on the rebound and creating some space, Georgios Aresti thumped an effort against the same upright.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 0
Haringey didn’t give Carshalton time to settle into the second-half as they went 2-0 up on 50 minutes – a poor pass across our defence was seized upon by Roman Michael-Percil and his angled drive went inside the far post via the fingertips of Perntreou.
It seemed like it would be another match like against Kingstonian last Saturday – Carshalton kept creating chances but Hein put a 20 yard effort off target and Pajetat did well to block a goalbound header by Paris Hamilton-Downes on the hour.
White tried his luck again a minute later but his angled drive was deflected off target and the corner came to nothing.
Pattisson was thrown into the fray with just over 20 minutes remaining but Perntreou was alive to a Scott Durojaiye effort from distance, while Haxhiu put a 25 yarder just off target as the game ebbed back and forth.
But the Robins did get themselves back into the game on 78 minutes – a corner was only half-cleared and Hamilton-Downes teed up Pattisson whom curled home his 12th of the season from 18 yards.
Haringey tried to respond instantly but Carshalton cleared their lines and Ottaway got White away inside the opponent’s half. The diminutive forward couldn’t buy a goal tonight however as his eventual shot rattled the crossbar and Koroma’s follow-up was deflected over by Barthram.
Pajetat fumbled the subsequent corner kick however and Hamilton-Downes pounced to angle in a left-footed strike from close range to equalise.
This result leaves Carshalton just outside the play-off spots on goal difference ahead of a home clash against league leaders Worthing this coming Saturday 1st February.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Haxhiu, Read, Hamilton-Downes (c), Hein (Pappoe - 75); White, Samuels, Adeniyi (Pattisson – 67), Korboa (Bradford – 35); Ottaway, Koroma Unused subs: Perez, Dudley Goals: Pattisson (78), Hamilton-Downes (80) Assist: Hamilton-Downes Booked: Ottaway, Pappoe
Haringey Borough: Pajetat, Ismail, Barthram, Richards, Djassi-Sambu, Durajaiye, Michael-Percil, Aresti, Akindayini, Akinola, McDonald Unused subs: Ademiluyi, Solomou, Alexandrou, Loizou, Miles Goals: Akinola (24), Michael-Percil (50) Booked: Ismail, Pajetat