It was Carshalton's turn to be on the receiving end of a late goal as we drew a consecutive game 3-3, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
Worthing 3 – 3 Carshalton Athletic Bostik Premier League Tuesday 5th February 2019 Attendance: 385 Last five results: LWDDD Current league position: 14th (with 36 points)
Team news There were several changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Barnet last Saturday – Billy Bishop was back in goal while Noe Vendrells-Parcerisa, Paris Hamilton-Downes, Taofiq Olomowewe, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs, Harry Ottaway and Jacob Mendy all came back in. Ben Cheklit was handed a second full start also.
The hosts created the first chance of the game but Bishop came out and blocked away Zack Newton’s chipped effort from 18 yards.
The Robins responded as Hamilton-Downes played a neat ball for Ottaway to break into the Worthing box, but his low cross was just hacked away from the incoming Mike Dixon three yards from goal.
But those hardy travelling Robins that made the journey were treated to a piece of history on 12 minutes – Carshalton won a free kick just right of the goal and Tommy Bradford stepped up to smash it across Kleton Perntreou and inside the top far corner. That was his 100th goal in a Carshalton shirt.
The home side responded with a free kick of their own, but Bishop got down to parry Ollie Pearce’s effort.
Bishop was at it again after the half-hour mark as he tipped over a curling shot by Josh Gould, but the home side restored parity just before the break.
At the other end, Mendy did well to get a low cross in to Worthing’s six-yard box but sub Ricky Korboa couldn’t guide the ball on target.
And the home side restored parity on the stroke of half-time as a left wing cross found Ricky Aguiar and his shot flew in via a wicked deflection off Morath-Gibbs.
There was still time for Carshalton to threaten twice through Mendy - firstly he forced Perntreou into a full-stretched save with a low drive then, following a half-cleared corner, he neatly got off an effort that the home keeper tipped onto the underside of the crossbar and Korboa couldn't turn in the rebound.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 1
Carshalton started brightly with Korboa forcing Perntreou into a comfortable save and Cheklit bending a shot over from 20 yards.
But the home side took the lead just after the hour mark - the Robins failed to properly clear the ball away from the edge of their box and Gould beat Bishop with a venomous low shot.
Christie Pattisson and Peter Adeniyi both came on as Carshalton looked to get back into it and the former made a real impact with just nine minutes remaining.
Ottaway got Pattisson away down the right and he cut into the box before checking back outside his marker and drilling a low shot across goal and just inside the far post.
And things got better on 84 minutes as a poor pass out the Worthing defence gave Korboa the chance to get a cross in from the left and the unmarked Bradford side-footed home via the despairing dive of Perntreou. It was his 101st goal in a Carshalton shirt.
We kept on the front foot and Pattisson was played through on 88 minutes and, despite defenders getting back into the box, he rattled the far post with a low drive and the ball rolled agonisingly across the line.
But, in added time, a hopeful hooked ball forward landed in front of centre back Jalen Jones and he kept his composure to steer a shot past the exposed Bishop and rescue his side a point.
Next up A home game against Haringey Borough on Saturday 9th February (kick-off 3pm) before visiting Barnet for the FA Trophy third round replay on Tuesday 12th February (kick-off 7.45pm).
Carshalton Athletic: Bishop; Vendrells-Parcerisa (Pattisson - 63), Olomowewe (Adeniyi - 76), Read, Hamilton-Downes (c); Cheklit, Morath-Gibbs, Ottaway; Bradford, Dixon (Korboa - 37), Mendy Unused subs: Ohman, Pappoe Goals: Bradford (12 and 84), Pattisson (81) Assists: Ottaway, Korboa
Booked: Olomowewe, Hamilton-Downes, Mendy
Worthing: Perntreou, Parsons, Crane, Budd (Barker - 76), Edwards, Jones, Gould (Kealey - 76), Aguiar, Newton, Pearce, Starkey (Skerry - 90)
Unused subs: Jelley, Clarke
Goals: Aguiar (45), Gould (62), Jones (90)
Booked: Parsons, Starkey, Jones