Point taken from local derby

Updated: Aug 21, 2018

This Surrey derby ended honours even as we let another half-time lead slip, writes James Barrett-Sterling.



Team news

Danny Dudley, Jordan Cheadle and Levi Phillips all made their first starts of the season, while Ola Sogbanmu came back in. Ex-Robin Tommy Brewer was in the visitors' starting eleven.


Kick-off

It took a while for the game to warm up but we made all the early running and fashioned a good chance on eight minutes.


Kalvin Morath-Gibbs flicked on Billy Bishop's long pass to get Mike Dixon in behind the Ks defence, but keeper Rob Tolfrey did well to divert our man's low shot round the near post.


The resultant corner was met by an unmarked Dudley but the big centre back couldn't guide his header on target.


Tommy Bradford then fashioned a chance by dinking in a cross that Dixon headed straight at Tolfrey.


The visitors began getting a foothold in the game by winning a couple of corners and Ridwan Ajala saw an angled effort from 25 yards flash across Bishop's goal.


We were still looking the more likely to create however, but Phillips wasted a couple of good opportunities to deliver crosses in from the right and the Ks defence were also closing down our forwards whenever they got a glimpse of goal.


However, on 34 minutes, we did break the deadlock - Ricky Korboa stole in on a mis-control by Shaun McAuley and waited for the ball to drop inside the box. He was under pressure from a defender but he managed to poke a shot past Tolfrey and inside the post for his second goal this week.


Kingstonian's Shaun Lucien almost replied straightaway as he looked up from the edge of our box and curled an effort that just went the wrong side of Bishop's left-hand upright.


Then Ajala got down the right and squeezed in a low cross that Louis Theophamous guided wide at the first attempt.


That said, we still looked good value and our defenders kept the Ks strikers pretty quiet - Paris Hamilton-Downes especially catching the eye as he slid in to deny Theophamous a close range opportunity on 43 minutes.


HALF-TIME: 1 - 0


All that effort was undone inside three minutes of the restart - Ks won a corner kick and Theophamous was left unmarked to side-foot the delivery in from about six yards.


And things almost got worse a few minutes later as Cundle latched onto an under-hit backpass by Dudley and took the ball around a sprawling Bishop. The angle was extremely tight however and the forward could only hit the near post with his effort.


We sent on Peter Adeniyi for Phillips and slowly began to regain some composure, winning a free kick in a good position on 68 minutes. The returning Cheadle stepped up but Tolfrey parried the ball out for a corner.


The initial delivery was cleared but we kept the ball alive on the far side until Korboa wriggled free and pulled the ball back into the path of Cheadle. He was only six yards out but he sadly thumped an effort the wrong side of the near post.


The game became scrappy after that - a succession of niggly fouls and cheap offsides disrupted the flow, and Ajala wasted a free kick a yard outside our area by dinking a poor shot over our crossbar.


Ks sub Muhannadu Faal had two chances to make it a really miserable afternoon for us late on, but firstly Bishop did well to block away an shot before, in added time, Faal smashed a second attempt on goal from 15 yards way over the top.


Next up

We host Horsham in the FA Cup on Saturday 25th August before Leatherhead arrive on Monday 27th August.


Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Morath-Gibbs, Dudley, Hamilton-Downes (c), Cheadle; Bradford (Mendy - 69), Aziaya, Sogbanmu; Phillips (Adeniyi - 58), Dixon (Clarke - 80), Korboa

Unused subs: Oshilaja, Richmond

Goal: Korboa (34)

Booked: Cheadle


Kingstonian: Tolfrey (c), Webb, Musungu, Gogonas, Chambers, Brewer, Ajala, McAuley (Dymond - 62), Theophamous, Cundle (Faal - 76), Lucien (Ibrahiym - 84)

Unused subs: Gasson, Moncur

Goal: Theophamous (48)

Booked: Ajala


Our 'Man of the Match': Ola Sogbanmu

Attendance: 419

Current league position: 12th (with 4 points)

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