Our hex over Lewes continued as a solitary strike by Christie Pattisson was enough to separate the two clubs on Saturday, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Lewes 0 – 1 Carshalton Athletic Isthmian Premier League Saturday 11th January 2020 Attendance: 576 Last five results: DLWLW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Ernold Haxhiu
Team news There were a raft of changes from the League Cup game last Tuesday – in back came Harry Ottaway, Kleton Perntreou, Tommy Bradford, Ernold Haxhiu, Daniel Pappoe, Luke Read and Kershaney Samuels. Ola Sogbanmu was named in the squad for the first time since his long lay-off with injury.
Kick-off The hosts had lost seven and drawn one of the previous eight meetings between these two, but Lewes striker Charlie Coppola had the game’s first effort on goal as he forced Perntreou in a fine parry.
Carshalton responded as Pattisson got Bradford away and he showed good feet to beat his marker, but his low cross across the six yard box went begging.
Dayshonne Golding, Lewes’ current top goalscorer, was involved in the next piece of action – Stacey Freeman’s long diagonal ball dropped over Jordan Cheadle and to the winger’s feet, but the Carshalton defenders claimed Golding used an arm to control it. The referee simply allowed play to continue and Perntreou had to push away the incoming shot.
Both sides were guilty of giving away possession cheaply but the home side had the next good chance as James Hammond took aim from 35 yards. Perntreou parried the effort and Samuels did well to get back in and block Stefan Ilic’s attempted cross.
A long Pappoe pass on 32 minutes got Lewis White into a race with keeper Nathan Stroomberg-Clarke and the ball fell kindly for the winger, but his effort towards the unguarded net was blocked by the covering Frankie Chappell.
But the only goal of the game arrived in added time – a long clearance by Perntreou got Pattisson away beyond the home defence. Stroomberg-Clarke got half a block on the winger’s shot but the ball just crept over the line despite the best efforts of Chappell to hack it clear.
HALF-TIME: 0 – 1
Lewes came out fired up for the second-half and Billy Medlock forced Perntreou into a brave block at his near post early on.
And, from the resultant corner, Freeman met the delivery and saw his header clip the top of the crossbar.
Carshalton woke up and another clearance by Perntreou caused an issue in the home defence. Stroomberg-Clarke and Pattisson clashed on the loose ball but White’s effort from 18 yards flew wide of the target.
Both sides made changes, including a first appearance from Sogbanmu in two months, but Ottaway flashed a left-footed shot over and Perntreou stretched out a big hand to claw in Jordy Mongoy’s low cross that only needed a touch.
And a final effort by Charlie Coppola, that whistled past the left-hand post in added time, was the last action as Carshalton moved up to fourth with their second league win in a row.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Haxhiu, Dudley, Read, Cheadle; Pappoe, Samuels (Sogbanmu – 75), Bradford; White (Splatt – 87), Ottaway (c), Pattisson (Hein – 87) Unused subs: Adeniyi, Korboa Goal: Pattisson (45) Assist: Perntreou Booked: White, Pappoe, Sogbanmu, Haxhiu
Lewes: Stroomberg-Clarke, Day, Redmond, Malins, Chappell, Freeman, Golding (Diedrick-Roberts – 79), Hammond (c), Coppola, Medlock, Ilic (Mongoy – 64) Unused subs: Conlon, Yeboah, Reed