The Robins won this FA Cup battle as Ricky Korboa struck twice in Suffolk, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Lowestoft Town 1 – 2 Carshalton Athletic FA Cup third qualifying round Saturday 5th October 2019 Attendance: 500 Last five results: LWWDW Our ‘Man of the Match’: Michael Kamara
Team news There was one change from Monday’s draw with Lewes as Kershaney Samuels replaced Darren Thomas, while Daniel Pappoe, Luke Read and Paris Hamilton-Downes were all named amongst the substitutes.
Kick-off Lowestoft got off to a bright start and came close to taking the lead on just nine minutes – Jesek Zielonka’s cross was only half cleared, Connor Deeks took aim from 20 yards but the ball rattled back off the crossbar.
That sparked the Robins into life and, just two minutes later, Korboa got at the home goal before hitting a shot straight at keeper Luis Tibbles.
But the home keeper was beaten on 14 minutes as Korboa was found by Bobby Price’s cross and he spun to rifle a low shot past Tibbles from just inside the area.
The Trawlerboys responded quickly but they were denied by the woodwork again before the 20th minute – Malachi Linton took aim from 15 yards but the ball slammed against the near post.
Carshalton went again and Tommy Bradford forced Tibbles into a stop following good work by Jordan Cheadle and Korboa to tee him up.
Then a neat passage of play saw Samuels burst beyond the home defence - the angle was tight but his shot deflected off the head of Andrew Fisk and ballooned just over the bar.
The referee was clamping down on things from early and five yellow cards were dished out before the break, but both sets of fans agreed the spirited game didn’t really warrant all the cautions.
The Robins almost extended their lead right on half-time as Peter Adeniyi play Christie Pattisson in, but Tibbles did well to palm the forward’s effort onto the far post.
HALF-TIME: 0 – 1
More cautions followed as both sides looked to get forward after the break, but Carshalton should’ve really extended their lead just after the hour.
Adeniyi found Pattisson down the right and his cross was met by an unmarked Bradford, but he guided his header off target from close range.
But thankfully the Robins did double their lead on 67 minutes as Korboa rattled home a similar goal to his first after Smauels picked him out on the edge of Lowestoft’s area.
Going further behind sparked the hosts into doubling their attacking intent but Michael Kamara and Danny Dudley won several battles, including the former sliding in to deny Linton when the winger was in on goal.
A short corner routine for Carshalton on 75 minutes eventually saw Samuels in along the byline, but his shot on the tight angle was blocked away.
Lowestoft’s Jake Reed had a glorious chance to reduce the arrears shortly after – Zielonka did well to put in a cross from the right but the striker just failed to meet it with his head from close range.
But the home fans had something to cheer deep in stoppage time as the referee awarded Lowestoft a spot-kick for a coming together inside the Carshalton box – Perntreou initially saved Linton’s placed penalty but the forward rammed home the rebound with literally the last kick of the game.
The draw for the fourth qualifying round will take place Monday 7th October (around 1.30pm).
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Carshalton Athletic: Perntreou; Price (c), Kamara, Dudley, Cheadle; Haxhiu, Adeniyi, Samuels; Pattisson, Bradford (Sogbanmu – 83), Korboa (Koroma – 83) Unused subs: Perez, Papoe, Read, Hamilton-Downes Goals: Korboa (14 and 67) Assists: Price, Samuels Booked: Samuels, Cheadle, Haxhiu, Bradford
Lowestoft Town: Tibbles, Curry, J Wilkinson, Deeks (Lopez – 71), Cole (c), Jarvis (M Wilkinson – 76), Williams (McIntosh – 76), Fisk, Reed, Zielonka, Linton Unused subs: Tann, Blowers, Richardson Goal: Linton (95) Booked: Curry, Deeks, Reed, Fisk