After a laboured first half, a three-goal burst in five second half minutes from a revitalised Carshalton Athletic lifted them to a 4-1 victory over East Thurrock United at Colston Avenue.
For the fourth time in five games Carshalton opened their account in under 10 minutes when Dan Hector took Jordan Cheadle’s diagonal ball in his stride and fired spectacularly into the top corner from 25 yards for his third goal of the season.
The writing looked to be on the wall for an East Thurrock team that had shipped 15 goals in its previous four games. But once Kenny Aileru had sidefooted home Ola Ogunwamide’s cross for the equalizer just six minutes after Hector’s opener, the Rocks increasingly took control of the game and could count themselves unfortunate to only go into the break at 1-1.
The game turned, however, on a double half time substitution from Robins’ manager, Peter Adeniyi – Tommy Bradford and Harry Ottaway coming on. Speaking after the game, first team coach Keith Boanas said: “We were absolutely fuming about the first half performance and Pete and I agreed that we had to make the changes to take better control of possession.”
The changes had the impact they were looking for and, after having been camped in the Rocks’ half for much of the second period, Carshalton’s pressure paid off with a stunning individual goal from Lewis White with just under quarter of an hour left. Receiving the ball just outside the area, he weaved through a wall of East Thurrock defenders before coolly placing his shot beyond Arthur Janata.
The season high home league crowd of 494, which had been joined by an invited group of ex-Robins stars from earlier years, was still buzzing from that when Ottaway added the third goal virtually from the restart. Dan Bassett’s persistence won him the ball near the corner flag and Ottaway was there to fire home his low cross.
If East Thurrock were shocked by the two quick goals, they were left stunned when the Robins put the game out of sight in emphatic style just four minutes later. After another Carshalton attack, the ball ran loose to captain Paris Hamilton-Downes and he curled a superb left foot shot out of the reach of Janata from 25 yards.
The victory moved the Robins up to 10th in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Carshalton Athletic: Thomas, Sessegnon, Read, Jones, Cheadle, Hamilton-Downes, Ebuzoene, Hector, Bennett, White, Bassett.
Subs: Bradford (for Sessegnon 45'), Ottaway (for Bennett 45'), Bello (for White 88'), Sankoh, Barradas
East Thurrock: Janata, Wyss, Daniel, Barton, Cossington, Heath, Owusu, Aileru, Ogunwamide, Benton, Ashman.
Subs: Lacey (for Owusu 68'), Gench (for Aileru 77'), Joseph (for Benton 77'), Mallett, Pugh
Goalscorers: Hector 7', Aileru 13', White 76', Ottaway 77', Hamilton-Downes 81'.
For the second away game in a row, the Robins travel to North London on Saturday 23rd October when they face Haringey Borough (3pm kick off) in the Isthmian League Premier Division . Ticket details are available at: