Written by: Chris Brenta
This Tuesday brings another trip to the coast for Carshalton Athletic, as the Robins look to bounce back from their exit in the FA Cup when they take on Bognor Regis at Nyewood Lane.
Despite the disappointment of the cup game on Saturday that saw them go down 2-0 to Bedfont Sports FC, the Robins still have plenty to be positive about after having started their league campaign with two wins and a draw, despite trips to two notoriously difficult grounds in Margate and East Thurrock.
Bognor suffered a similar fate in the cup this weekend after crashing out 5-0 to Hayes & Yeading, and have had a mixed start in the league with a draw, a loss, and a win in their opening three games all of which have come away from home. Their game against Carshalton will be their first home fixture of the season as they were also drawn away from home in both their FA Cup ties.
Since their relegation from the National League South in 2018, the Rocks have finished below the Robins in both of the last two campaigns. In last year’s cut-short season they ended in 8th place, nine points behind Carshalton, and currently find themselves in 11th place while the Robins are up in 5th. Carshalton won both ties last season, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively, with goals coming from Jerry Amoo, Christie Pattison and Kershaney Samuels.
Robins fans will be hoping to see the return of top goal scorer David Fisher who has missed the previous two games, but could be without Omar Koroma after he limped off on Saturday holding his hamstring.
Bognor will be looking to their top scorer Jody Mongoy to inspire them to their second win of the season. Mongoy has big shoes to fill following Dan Smith’s move to Eastligh after his prolific season in front of goal that saw him score 26 times in all competitions.
A win on Tuesday will see Carshalton off to their best start to a league campaign since 2016, when they won their opening four games scoring an impressive 12 goals and only conceding the once.
Unfortunately, coach travel this season is limited to players due to Covid-19 social distancing rules, meaning fans will not be able to travel on the club coach. So, make sure to check out Robins TV for all the match highlights.