A last gasp equaliser saw Carshalton leave the Kent coast with a point on Saturday, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Margate 1 – 1 Carshalton Athletic Isthmian Premier League Saturday 22nd February 2020 Attendance: 311 Last five results: WWWLD Next up: https://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/post/upnext
Team news There was a full league debut for goalkeeper Dario Centenera Perez, while Christie Pattisson replaced Daniel Pappoe following the defeat at East Thurrock United. Ex-Robin Joe Tupper was between the sticks for the hosts.
Kick-off It was a blustery day in Margate and the first chance of the game fell to the home side in front of over 300 hard souls.
Adem Ramadan lofted a through ball for Reece Prestedge to break onto inside the Robins box, but his attempted lob was easily claimed by Perez.
Carshalton's first shot in anger came on 27 minutes as Ricky Korboa got on a loose ball, drove forward and teed up Pattisson whom saw his low effort deflected wide. The resultant corner was met by Danny Dudley but he couldn't divert his header on target.
The same pair combined again five minutes before half-time - Korboa was surrounded by blue shirts on the edge of the home box but he somehow managed to shift the ball into the path of Pattisson on the left. His cross took a deflection that had Tupper backpedaling as the ball just dropped over the crossbar.
But Margate took the lead two minutes later - Perez did well to save Michael Abnett's close range effort on an inswinging cross, but the unmarked Elliott Reeves side-footed home.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 0
The Robins had a great opportunity to level in the 48th minute - a deep cross eventually found Korboa and his angled shot was only parried by Tupper, but Lewis White ballooned the loose ball over the bar from six yards.
Perez made a comfortable save on a left-footed shot by Noel Leighton and Tupper claimed a Paris Hamilton-Downes header, after Jordan Cheadle had headed a corner delivery back into the mix, as the game ebbed back and forth.
A bit of route one almost got Carshalton back in it on 64 minutes - Omar Koroma flicked on a Perez clearance and Pattisson was in on goal, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Time was running out as the game went into added time but there was one sting left in this tale - a quick throw in saw Pattisson, Ernold Haxhiu and Ola Sogbanmu head the ball down for Hamilton-Downes. The skipper lofted a measured path back into the forward run of Haxhiu and his low cross was tapped in at the far post by the unmarked Korboa.
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Carshalton Athletic: Perez; Price (Haxhiu – 84), Dudley, Read, Cheadle; Samuels, Hamilton-Downes (c); Pattisson, Korboa, Koroma (Sogbanmu – 74), White Unused subs: Pappoe, Adeniyi Goal: Korboa (90) Assist: Haxhiu Booked: Hamilton-Downes, Dudley
Margate: Tupper, Sessesgnon, Porter, Prestedge, Johnson, Swift, Ramadan (Richards – 87), Robins, Reeves (Lamb – 73), Leighton, Abnett Unused subs: Friend, Holloway, Gallagher Goal: Reeves (42) Booked: Porter, Abnett