There is a feel-good factor back around Colston Avenue as we recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Until we travelled to Harlow Town and dismantled our hosts 4-0 in mid-October, we hadn’t registered a victory since the end of August – a run that saw us slip towards the bottom of the Bostik Premier and exit two cup competitions at the first hurdle.
But we followed up that impressive victory at Harlow with a battling 1-0 win over Potters Bar Town last Saturday, a result that has helped haul us back up to 12th in the league.
And, ahead of a trip to Folkestone Invicta this Tuesday (23rd October), Peter Adeniyi believes a recent break has been the catalyst to this return to form.
“All the hard work we put in during that two week break we had between games has paid dividends and I’m so proud of this group of boys,” said Adeniyi.
“Whatever we ask of them, they just get stuck in and give us something back.
“I’m most proud of us keeping two clean sheets. We are always a team that’ll always create chances, but I’ve been really happy with the team’s recent performances defensively.”
Four players grabbed their first goals of the season across those last two matches including Tommy Bradford, whom grabbed the winner against a stubborn Potters Bar Town just after the hour mark.
“I’ve just tried to get into the box and Ricky over-hit his cross, but I’ve gambled by staying in there and met Bobby’s ball back in,” smiled Bradford whom nodded the ball back beyond keeper Berkley Laurencin.
That strike puts the 22-year old forward, who made his Carshalton debut aged just 17, on 95 career goals and few would bet against him not making that a century by the end of this season.
“That’ll be a nice moment and I’ll try my best to get there this season, but we’ve been stressing the importance of keeping clean sheets recently. Everybody has been working hard from the front to the back and we are now starting to see the benefits.”
Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Price (c), Dudley, Pappoe, Cheadle; Adeniyi, Morath-Gibbs, Onovwigun (Mendy - 75); Bradford, dos Santos (Dixon - 63), Korboa (Koroma - 89) Unused subs: McIntosh, Sterling-Parker Goal: Bradford (62) Assist: Price
Booked: Price, Pappoe, Korboa
Potters Bar Town: Laurencin, Doyle, Lomas, O'Leary (Forde - 90), Brown, Grace, Wynter, Adcock, Cole, Sach, Fernandes (Nicholas - 79)
Unused subs: Budden, Casey, Vas
Attendance: 342 Current league position: 12th (with 15 points)