View from the press box vs Whitehawk

A last-gasp equaliser saw us leave the Enclosed Ground with just one point, writes James Barrett-Sterling.


Whitehawk 2 - 2 Carshalton Athletic

Bostik Premier League

Saturday 26th January 2019

Attendance: 184

Last five results: WLLWD

Current league position: 15th (with 35 points)


Team news

Paris Hamilton-Downes and Kalvin Morath-Gibbs came back in after Monday's victory, while long-term absentee Ricky Korboa was named among the substitutes.


Kick-off

Carshalton, just as in the reverse fixture back in November, made a bright start to this one and, after flashing a shot just wide via Jacob Mendy in the first minute, they took the lead on four minutes.


Home keeper Melvin Minter pushed a cross over his own bar, when catching it under no pressure seemed the simpler option, and the Robins took a short corner. Eventually Tommy Bradford put a through ball for Mendy to chase and he outmuscled Aaron Goode before bending a low shot inside the far corner for his fifth of the season.


Carshalton were in control for the next 15 minutes but they couldn't fashion another clear-cut chance and the hosts began to slowly come back into the game.


One cross in particular, on 20 minutes, saw a crowd of players going for the ball and the home side felt like one of theirs was pushed in-amongst it, but the referee wasn't interested in calls for a spot-kick.


Then Lucas Rodrigues went on a forward run and, after getting space in the box, tried to square a pass rather than shoot and Carshalton gratefully cleared.


The next best chance of the half fell to the hosts on 39 minutes - they played a short corner and an eventual low cross along the six yard box was stabbed over by the unmarked Goode.


Carshalton crafted a couple of late half-chances but Harry Ottaway headed a Bradford cross over from 15 yards, while Mike Dixon had two attempts blocked away inside the Hawks' area.


HALF-TIME: 0 - 1


Whitehawk created the first chance of the second-half as Goode came forward and played in Rodrigues but Bradford had dropped back and got a good tackle in to deny the midfielder a chance of testing Billy Bishop.


And the forward made an impact at the other end on 52 minutes - Paris Hamilton-Downes put a looping header into the home box, Dixon went up with Minter and, as the loose ball dropped, Bradford came in to rifle home his 99th career goal and make it 2-0.


Hamilton-Downes was involved again on 63 minutes as his pass found Mendy but this time Minter was equal to his shot and he pushed it away.


Hawks manager Jude McDonald made a double substitution just after the hour and the figure of ex-Robin Nathaniel Pinney made his way onto the pitch - and he made a telling contribution just five minutes later.


A quick throw-in on the far side got Whitehawk moving and eventually Pinney took aim from 15 yards to beat Bishop via a small deflection.


Both sides made further subs, with Courtney Swaby and Ben Cheklit coming on for Carshalton and the pair almost combined to good effect on 82 minutes.


Ottaway flicked on a long ball, Swaby got it on for the unchecked Cheklit to burst through and he clashed with the oncoming Minter - the referee again ignoring calls for a penalty kick.


It had seemed Carshalton had weathered a late Whitehawk onslaught as the home side dominated possession without really testing Bishop, but there was drama to come in the fourth minute of added time.


A long Minter free kick from inside his own half was only half-cleared initially by Ottaway. The ball was worked out wide and the cross eluded everyone but the unmarked Sinn Christie at the back post and he simply cushioned the ball over the line to break Carshalton hearts.


Catch match highlights (with commentary) and post-match reaction on robins.tv


Next up

It's the FA Trophy 3rd round clash against visiting Barnet on Saturday 2nd February (kick-off 3pm).


Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Vendrells, Olomowewe, Read, Hamilton-Downes (c); Adeniyi, Morath-Gibbs, Bradford; Ottaway, Dixon (Swaby - 64), Mendy (Cheklit - 75)

Unused subs: Korboa, Aziaya, Ohman

Goals: Mendy (4), Bradford (52)

Assists: Bradford, Dixon

Booked: Swaby


Whitehawk: Minter, Walsh (Tighe - 80), Goode, Unwin, Ambrosine, Christie, Rodrigues, Ovenden (Pinney - 63), Muggeridge, Kissock, Marsh-Brown (Ebouzeme - 63)

Unused subs: Emberson, Watson

Goals: Pinney (67), Christie (90+4)

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