It was a first stalemate of the season as Carshalton drew against Lewes on a wet Monday evening, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Carshalton Athletic 1 - 1 Lewes
Isthmian Premier League
Monday 30th September 2019
Last five results: WLWWD
Our 'Man Of The Match': Ernold Haxhiu
Team news Three changes were made due to injuries sustained in the 1-0 win against Margate – triallist Darren Thomas was handed his debut, Jordan Cheadle was given his first full start of the season and Michael Kamara made a first start in over a month. Bobby Price wore the captain’s armband as Paris Hamilton-Downes wasn’t fit enough to play. Ex-Robin Michael Onovwigun lined up for the visitors.
Kick-off The rain teemed down for the whole 90 minutes meaning a slick surface contributed to wayward passes and sloppy control throughout, plus Lewes forwards Kayne Diedrick-Roberts and Jordy Mongoy picked up early knocks.
The first shot in anger came via the visitors as James Hammond played in by Mongoy before blasting wide from about 20 yards, but the provider had to be replaced by Peter Gregory on 22 minutes.
Kleton Perntreou was the first keeper called into action as he pushed away a strike by Diedrick-Roberts but Carshalton opened the scoring thanks to the endeavour of Ricky Korboa on 24 minutes - Thomas Day played a back pass to keeper Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke, but the forward closed him down and stole the ball before tapping it into an empty net.
Carshalton came again shortly after as Thomas and Korboa got the ball to the overlapping Cheadle. The full back cut inside Day and took aim on the angle but Stroomberg-Clarke got down to save the curled effort.
Lewes responded as Day forced Perntreou to tip a speculative shot from distance over, while Stroomberg-Clarke pushed away a low effort by Korboa on 28 minutes.
The visitors thought they'd scored 10 minutes later as Hammond met Dayshonne Golding's floated cross with a header. The ball looped up and threatened to dip just under the crossbar, but Perntreou arched his back and clawed the ball away.
But it was third time lucky for the midfielder just before the break - sub Peter Gregory's low cross wasn't dealt with by the Robins defence and Hammond pounced to rifle the loose ball in from around 15 yards.
HALF-TIME: 1 - 1
The second-half begun a more tepid affair as the first glimpse of a serious attack only came on 58 minutes – a Michael Dome-Bemwin cross missed everyone except Hammond at the back post, but an offside flag had gone up during the build-up.
Thomas, who had an energetic debut, was replaced by Omar Koroma with just over 20 minutes left and he got involved in an attack soon after.
Christie Pattisson got at Leon Redwood and into the Lewes box, only Alex Malins was able to block his shot. Koroma got on the rebound but he too was frustrated by a body in blue.
A moment of brilliance deserved better on 75 minutes – a Bobby Price cross was headed out by the Lewes defence, Ernold Haxhiu came onto it and hit a firm half volley on target but it was deflected away on its way through. Cheadle got on the loose ball, rounded one opponent and fizzed a left-footed drive just over the crossbar from 25 yards.
There was a heart in mouth moment for the returning Onovwigun on 80 minutes. Having already been booked for fouling Korboa in the first-half, he then bundled Haxhiu over by the near touchline. The referee went across but then seemed to settle on verbally chastising the midfielder over the challenge.
Carshalton’s last opportunity came in added time as a free kick into the visitors’ box came towards Cheadle whom seemed to be bundled to the floor by his marker, but the referee ignored the shouts for a spot-kick.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Price (c), Kamara, Dudley, Cheadle; Bradford, Haxhiu, Adeniyi; Thomas (Koroma - 68), Korboa, Pattisson
Unused subs: Sogbanmu, Perez, Vacindio
Goal: Korboa (24)
Booked: Adeniyi, Bradford
Lewes: Smoorberg-Clarke, Day, Redwood, Dome-Bemwin, Chappell (c), Malins, Golding, Hammond, Diedrick-Roberts (Adeyemo - 72), Onovwigun, Mongoy (Gregory - 23)
Unused subs: Box, Ilic, Bloor
Goal: Hammond (43)
Booked: Onovwigun, Day