Written by: Chris Brenta
After suffering their biggest defeat of the season last week away to Hornchurch, the Robins had a point to prove in front of a yet again sold out Colston Avenue. The visitors, Enfield, aren’t doing much better on the road having not won away from home since the opening day of the season. A mid-week win over Margate has seen them jump to second in the league and eyeing top spot should they be able to overcome Carshalton.
The Robins made a number of changes from the side that were humbled by Hornchurch, Harry Ottaway got his first start of the season following his lengthy spell out with injury and Proctor and Price came in at the back. The most notable name on the team sheet was the return of David Fisher, who hasn’t played since the 2-2 draw with Margate a month ago.
The Towners made changes of their own, top scorer Billy Bricknell missing out with Neville Nzembela coming into the fray. There was also a start for towering 20-year-old, centre back Jeremiah Gyebi.
The first half started quite evenly with both teams having good opportunities to take an early lead. David Fisher had the best chance for the Robins, but his shot went straight at Enfield keeper MacDonald. Enfield’s Chappell saw his chance fly over the cross bar and Della-Verde had a couple of half opportunities but never really looked like beating Ohman.
Enfield were forced into an early change when Scott Thomas limped off in the 27th minute to be replaced by Sam Youngs.
The second half belonged to the Robins. David Fisher became more involved, and when Fisher is involved more often than not goals follow. And follow they did, only nine minutes after the restart Harry Ottaway cut in from the left finding the feet of Fisher. Fisher turned and forced a good save from MacDonald, but it fell straight into the path of Bradford who bundled the ball over the line to give Carshalton a deserved lead.
In the 85th minute a wonderful team move was capped off with one of the strikes of the season to secure the three points. Starting with a Patrick Ohman goal kick being knocked on by Ottaway (something he had been doing all game), some delightful one touch football from Haxhiu and Fisher found substitute Dan Hector who dinked the ball into the feet of Bradford inside the box. Bradford took one touch to set himself and then with an overhead flick put the ball beyond a helpless MacDonald.
Carshalton could have had more if not for the a very good defensive performance from Enfield’s Jeremiah Gyebi. Gyebi stood a towering figure and was one of Town’s best players on the day.
The three points takes Carshalton up to 3rd in the league and maintains their 100% record at home. Enfield will be disappointed but after conceding the first it only ever felt like this game would go one way.
Next weekend it’s FA Trophy action for both sides, Carshalton away to Merstham and Enfield are at home to Ramsgate.