Written by: Chris Brenta
After a good start to the FA cup campaign, league football finally makes its long-awaited return to Colston Avenue this Saturday at 3pm. The Robins will be hoping to keep up the momentum following their 5-1 mauling of Whitstable Town last weekend and get the domestic season off to a similar start. In their way are Potters Bar Town who hosted the Robins on the opening day of last season, coming away with a 2-0 win, their only victory over Carshalton in recent years.
The Robins have bested the Scholars three out of the four times they have faced each other, the stand-out game being an emphatic 5-1 victory last season in a game that saw four different goal scorers including a rather unlikely two from Luke Read. In fact, it was his only two goals all season…
Potters Bar finished the previous two seasons in 13th and 16th, but were promoted to the Isthmian Premier in the 2017/18 season, finishing second behind Hornchurch with an impressive 90-point haul.
This will be the Scholars first competitive game since March after a busy pre-season which saw them play four games in 12 days in September, finishing with a 1-0 defeat to Eastbourne Borough last weekend. With a full week off and new signings Joe Payne and Nathan Livings, Potters Bar will be looking to replicate the opening game of the 2019 season this Saturday.
Carshalton should be wary of Josh Hutchinson, Scholars top scorer last year who finished on
20 for the season, including one against the Robins in that 2-0 win. Bradley Sach scored the other, finishing his season with a notable nine. With both of Carshalton’s top scorers from last year moving on, the Robins will be looking to new signing Dan Bennett to open his account after impressing in pre-season; but as was evident on Saturday, with five different goal scorers, they are a threat from all over the pitch.
Like Carshalton, the Scholars have an FA cup first round qualifying game to look forward to on Tuesday as they face off against East Thurrock United. The Robins will host Isthmian South division’s Faversham Town again at Colston Avenue on Monday
Despite having one eye on Tuesday, this still looks set to be a highly competitive opening day as both teams look for the perfect start to the 2020 season.
The Clubhouse will be open from 11am and we will be showing the day's big games on the big screens both before and after our fixture.
Tickets for both Saturday's and Monday's fixture can be purchased here https://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/buytickets