Written by: Chris Brenta
Saturday the 12th September saw the long-awaited return of competitive football to Colston avenue. An FA Cup preliminary round tie against Isthmian South East Division’s Whitstable Town was in store for the expectant Robins fans who were hoping for a much better result than they saw last time out against Beaconsfield Town, albeit with a much younger eleven than normal. It was a return to familiar faces this week though with six changes from the midweek friendly that saw the Robins go down 5-2. Two faces Carshalton will have to do without however, are that of Kleton Perntreou and the Robins top scorer in the FA cup last year, Christie Pattison, both who have moved onto pastures new. This saw the return of an old face with Patrick Ohman returning to the club to be the man between the sticks once more.
The Robins started off the better of the sides and had a number of early opportunities to take the lead, both Bennett and Bradford with chances to open their account for the season. It was one of the stars of pre-season who got the Robins on their way, in the 37th minute David Fisher picked up the ball from Samuels on the left-hand side with a low driven shot across goal gave Carshalton a well-deserved lead. It didn’t take long for that lead to double either, Bradford did well to win the ball in the middle of the park and some good work from Bennett set an overlapping Bobby Price on his way and he fizzed a low cross to the edge of the six yard box for the oncoming Haxhiu to tuck away.
Carshalton put the game to bed in the 69th minute when Samuel’s low corner somehow made its way all the way through to the back post where it landed perfectly for Jordan Cheadle to smash home from close range. A goal that means he has already equalled his scoring tally from last season.
Three minutes later it was four and it was Fisher who this time turned provider as he outpaced Leonardo Mazzone to get to the by-line and hit a low, hard cross and the oncoming Tommy Bradford was only too happy to accept Fisher’s gift as he slid in rub salt into the wound for the visitors and get the party atmosphere well and truly underway at Colston Avenue.
It was the substitutes who combined for the Robins fifth, Nyren Clunis broke down the right and found Omar Koroma all by himself in front of goal to coolly slot home with his right. Carshalton came within three minutes of getting themselves a clean sheet but a fairly hopeful freekick from Gillies was knocked in by captain Oliver Bryant who jumped highest to put the ball beyond Ohman and give the visiting fans at least something to cheer about.
It wasn’t just goals that seemed to be free flowing in the second half with three members of each team making their way into referee Howard Collins book. But that didn’t take away from a very good Carshalton performance. The Robins will now look ahead to their opening game of the league next Saturday at home to Potters Bar with retribution on the agenda after the Robins went down 2-0 when the two faced off on the opening day of last season.
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