It was honours even in this local derby as Carshalton came from two-down to rescue a point, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 2 – 2 Kingstonian Isthmian Premier League Saturday 12th October 2019 Attendance: 709 Last five results: WDWDD Our ‘Man of the Match’: Danny Dudley
Team news There were three changes from the side that drew away at Horsham – Omar Koroma, Ola Sogbanmu and Bobby Price dropped to the bench as Luke Read, Peter Adeniyi and Ernold Haxhiu came in. Tommy Bradford was handed the captain’s armband for the first time this season. Ex-Robins Reece Hall and Youssef Bamba were in the visitors’ squad.
Kick-off Louis Theophanous, Kingstonian’s main goal threat with six to his name before kick-off, had the first half chance of the match but he thrashed over a deflected pass on four minutes.
Teeming rain fell throughout the afternoon which made close control and pinpoint passes wayward at times, but Christie Pattisson did well to get onto a long ball on 18 minutes. He found Tommy Bradford whom took aim from 20 yards, but the ball cannoned off the far post with Rob Tolfrey beaten.
And the visitors opened the scoring just four minutes later via a piece of opportunism by Theophanous – he was allowed to turn on a pass about 30 yards from goal and his low strike zipped in off the slick surface.
That stunned the home support but galvanised the Ks players who perhaps should’ve gone two-up on 26 minutes – Theophanous waltzed his way past Jordan Cheadle and Michael Kamara en route to goal and seemingly wanted to take the ball around the sprawling Kleton Perntreou, but the keeper managed to get a hand on the ball. The striker tried to backheel the loose ball goalwards, it was deflected clear and Hall’s follow-up smashed the near post.
The Robins failed to really test Tolfrey when they did get rare glimpses of his goal – Kamara put a header on a free kick over the crossbar, while Cheadle hit a 25 yard free kick straight at the shot-stopper.
Even Adeniyi tried his luck from outside the box on 40 minutes but his effort was comfortably saved and Kingstonian went into the break with the lead.
HALF-TIME: 0 - 1
Koroma was introduced at the start of the second-half and both sides had chances early doors – Dan Bennett curled wide from 18 yards and Cheadle blasted into the side-netting after being found by Pattisson inside the Ks area.
But the visitors extended their lead just before the hour mark – Theophanous managed to get in a low cross, Bennett came across his marker to flick it on and Hall half-volleyed past Perntreou from 15 yards.
Carshalton were now staring at a mountain to climb but, like they proved against Horsham last Tuesday, the Robins rolled up their sleeves and set off from base camp.
The first goal came via an unexpected source – Danny Dudley broke onto a pass just inside the Ks half, cut inside one opponent and, as it opened up for him 25 yards from goal, the centre back curled an effort beyond Tolfrey into the bottom corner.
That got the home fans rocking and they didn’t have to wait long before parity was restored on 77 minutes.
Koroma did well to bring the ball down inside the visitors’ area before getting round Ollie Cook and angling a low drive on target. Tolfrey got down to palm the ball away but Korboa reached the loose ball first to slam home his sixth of the season.
Both sides had chances to take victory in the last 10 minutes but Perntreou saved well from Tom Kavanagh and Fabio Camacho, while Korboa fired over from 10 yards after being picked out by sub Paris Hamilton-Downes’ headed knockdown.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Read, Kamara (Pappoe – 67), Dudley, Cheadle (Hamilton-Downes – 60); Haxhiu (Koroma – 46), Adeniyi, Samuels; Pattisson, Bradford (c), Korboa Unused subs: Price, Sogbanmu Goals: Dudley (69), Korboa (75) Assist: Koroma Booked: Korboa, Samuels
Kingstonian: Tolfrey, Osborne, Camacho, Henriques, Cook, Sow, Bennett (Bamba - 75), Beaney (c), Theophanous (Thompson - 90), Hall (Kavanagh - 75), Hector Unused subs: Davies, Harrison Goals: Theophanous (22), Hall (57) Booked: Sow, Camacho