We advance in the FA Trophy

We marched on in the FA Trophy with victory over struggling Harlow Town, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Match details

Carshalton Athletic 3 - 1 Harlow Town

FA Trophy second qualifying round

Saturday 10th November

Attendance: 276

Current form: DWWDW

Get in: Danny Dudley scores his first of the season to make it 2-0 (picture: Ian Gerrard).

Team news

Daniel Pappoe, Peter Adeniyi and Ricky Korboa came in for Kalvin Morath-Gibbs, Jerson dos Santos and Jacob Mendy from Monday's Surrey Cup win.


We got off to a good start - we forced an early corner which was defended, Adeniyi put a sighter over from 20 yards and Omar Koroma flashed a 25 yard angled shot just wide across Josh Bexon's goal.

But all would've been for nought had a defensive mix up on eight minutes not been averted - Pappoe played a strong back pass to Patrick Ohman who didn't get anywhere near it. Thankfully, as Harlow forward Tom Hitchcock tried to nip in, the ball went just the right side of the near post from our point of view.

We cleared the resultant corner and resumed back on the front foot but, for all our neat passing and possession, our final ball was just lacking.

But that all changed on 16 minutes - we broke from deep inside our own half as Ola Sogbanmu found Korboa whom raced over halfway before finding Koroma. Adeniyi's supporting run created some space and our in-form forward cut onto his right foot before his effort deflected off Harold Joseph and past a static Bexon.

It was no more than we deserved but we gifted Harlow a chance to equaliser just two minutes later - a free kick won a yard outside our box was taken by Hitchcock, but Ohman comfortably gathered the weak effort.

Our next attack saw Sogbanmu get into the Town area and his pullback went behind the incoming red shirts. It finally reached Michael Onovwigun but his side-footed effort from just outside the box went wide.

Town won a rare corner on 25 minutes and Fabion Simms got up well to meet it, but he put his header straight at Ohman.

Onovwigun came even closer to scoring on 31 minutes - Tommy Bradford did well on the far side and worked the ball into him, but his curled effort from 20 yards crashed off the far post and Bradford, who had followed in, could only put the rebound into the side-netting.

As Pappoe and Danny Dudley were winning most of their aerial battles, and the visitors were guilty of being wasteful in possession more than once, we continued to push forward - Korboa put a shot off target, while Pappoe flicked on a corner that flew across the face of Bexon's goal just begging to be attacked.

But we did finally build on our lead on 43 minutes - another Jordan Cheadle corner delivery came over and Dudley rose to head the ball inside the far post for his first goal of the season.

With half-time only a minute away, most Robins fans' thoughts turned to how to spend the break but Harlow Town had other ideas.

Just as the game entered one additional minute, we failed to track the run of Mayowa Adaje whom broke onto a through ball between two defenders before hitting a low shot that Ohman couldn't keep out.

HALF-TIME: 2 - 1

The heavens really opened at the start of the second-half and Town had the first attack - Pappoe and Matt Foy tangled on the edge of our area but the referee

waved away calls for a spot-kick.

Korboa tried his luck again from distance on 49 minutes but he could only hit Bexon, while Bobby Price also had a pop soon after that sailed way off target.

We continued to get forward - Bradford hit an effort that just sailed over the crossbar from 18 yards, then Koroma did well down the left before unleashing a powerful shot that Bexon spilt, but Sogbanmu, under pressure by a defender, put the rebound wide.

Then, on 59 minutes, Korboa broke the visitors' offside trap before picking out Koroma. He teed up Adeniyi who, from 10 yards, beat his marker before then skipping past Bexon. As the goal gaped, our player/manager seemed odds-on to score but he inexplicably hit the ball at Paul Rodgers whom had got back on the line - it really did seem harder to miss.

After what happened against Leatherhead last Monday, you'd be forgiven thinking our fans might be sensing deja-vu but thankfully we did extend our lead on 66 minutes.

We won a free kick on the far side which was almost level with the 18 yard line. Cheadle whipped the ball in and it flew through a ruck of players before bulging the back of the net.

Koroma showed great pace and strength on 70 minutes as he hunted down a clearance, robbed the hesitating Rodgers and kept the ball in on the far side. He managed to pick our Sogbanmu but the ball skidded off the top of his foot and the chance disappeared.

Then Bradford played a neat one-two with Sogbanmu and got Price away. Our skipper found the forward run of Koroma who in turn got the ball back into Sogbanmu, but Joseph just stole in to clear as our man was going to shoot.

Ohman hadn't had much to do this half but he was alert to clutch a flicked header by Hitchcock on a free kick on 74 minutes.

Both sides made substitutions as the game drew to a close and one of ours, namely Rio Davidson-Phipps, did well to take a long ball down on 87 minutes and his eventual low cross was bizarrely cleared by Rodgers with a flying Cruyff turn to deny Bradford a clear look at goal.

Match highlights (with commentary) and post-match reaction coming via robins.tv

Next up

We host Whitehawk on Monday 12th November before Corinthian Casuals arrive on Saturday 17th November.

Carshalton Athletic: Ohman; Price (c), Pappoe, Dudley, Cheadle; Onovwigun, Adeniyi, Sogbanmu; Bradford, Koroma (Davidson-Phipps - 80), Korboa (Morath-Gibbs - 80)

Unused subs: dos Santos, Aziaya, Owen

Goals: Koroma (16), Dudley (43), Cheadle (66)

Assist: Cheadle

Booked: Onovwigun

Harlow Town: Bexon, Rodgers, Kissi (Acquah - 68), Hastings, Joseph, Simms (c), Adaje, Yuill (Hackney - 80), Foy, Hitchcock, Koranteng (Scales - 75)

Unused subs: Marah, Plumpton

Goal: Adaje (44)

Booked: Simms

Our 'Man of the Match': Danny Dudley