Category Archives: Carshalton Athletic 2019/20

Carshalton Athletic vs Burgess Hill Town

Pre-season continues at Colston Avenue as Carshalton Athletic hammered Burgess Hill Town last Saturday, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

There were five different scorers as the Robins won 6-1 against their visitors from West Sussex, a result that gave the club a first friendly win at the third attempt.

But, while the result will be a confidence booster, player/manager Peter Adeniyi was happier with the performance as he continues to hone his squad.

“That was the best we’ve played since the friendlies have started but there’s still work to do,” said Adeniyi after the match.

“We wanted to put out a strong line-up and the boys listened to what we wanted from them.

“But we still have some familiar faces to return while looking at a few who are looking to join. Competition for places breeds excitement and I feel the club is in a strong position at the moment.”

Carshalton rushed into a 3-0 lead on Saturday as a sixth minute strike by Ryan Gondoh was sandwiched between two goals by Jerry Amoo.

Skipper Paris Hamilton-Downes and striker Raheem Sterling-Parker also added to the scoreline to give the Robins a healthy lead by half-time.

Town pulled a goal back on 80 minutes but substitute Jordan Cheadle had the last word as he fired in a 20 yard rocket before the final whistle.

“We are getting closer to the squad we want come the start of the season, but we want to give newcomers a chance to impress,” added Adeniyi.

“Some of the newer faces have improved over the past three games as they’ve become more comfortable in our environment.

“I’m sure we will have some news concerning new signings before the start of the new season.”

The home fans were happy to see Sterling-Parker back on the score sheet as the forward continues his rehabilitation from a long-term injury that has kept him out since last November.

“It feels great to be back out on the field and I’ll improve with the more games I play,” he said.

“If tough because I haven’t played with this intensity for months but I can feel myself getting fitter.

“I’ve actually enjoyed the running we’ve been doing in training recently, it’s been very beneficial. I hope I can get myself back into contention and scoring goals once the season starts.”

Carshalton went 2-0 up against a Charlton Athletic XI on Monday evening via Ricky Korboa and a penalty by Gondoh, but the visitors scored twice at the death to earn a draw.

The Robins have three more friendlies and all of them are at home:

Dulwich Hamlet (Monday 29th July)

Brighton and Hove Albion (Tuesday 30th July)

Malden and Tiptree (Saturday 3rd August)

Breaking – Carshalton Athletic news

Carshalton Athletic have pulled off arguably their biggest signing in years ahead of the start of the new Bostik Premier season in August, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Player/manager Peter Adeniyi has penned a three-year deal to remain as first-team manager of the Robins, while also taking on new responsibilities at Colston Avenue.

Peter Adeniyi and Paul Dipre (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

The 39-year old will also head up the club’s youth academy for 16 to 18-year olds and help oversee the squads at both under 19 and under 23 levels.

And he is relishing the tasks ahead as the club prepare for the start of the new season.

“I was delighted to sign off on this long-term opportunity,” said Adeniyi who is entering his fourth season at the club.

“It was an easy decision as everyone has been amazing since I came here, from my colleagues to the backroom staff and especially the fans who have supported us throughout all the ups and downs.

“It’s a big compliment for the club to commit to me for three years and I’m going to do my best to help it get as high up the footballing ladder as possible.”

Carshalton’s successful youth academy, which has provided the first-team with several established graduates over the past eight years, was rebranded as the ‘Carshalton Athletic Pure Football Academy’ earlier this summer.

Its aim is to continue to nurture homegrown talent with a view of promoting players into the first-team, or even further as in the case of ex-Robin Mickel Miller who signed for Scottish Premier outfit Hamilton Academical over a year ago.

“I’ll take all my new responsibilities in stride but it’s really exciting,” Adeniyi added.

“The chairman and myself are keen to keep the young players coming through to the first-team and even beyond if they are good enough.

“If we can find more like Mickel, Tommy Bradford, Ricky Korboa, Bobby Price and Paris Hamilton-Downes then it’ll make all the hard work extra worthwhile.”

Adeniyi has been in charge of Carshalton’s first-team for three seasons and has led the club to a Bostik South title and a second-place finish in the Premier last season.

And club chairman Paul Dipre revealed there was no doubt his current manager was the man to deliver the club’s ambitions.

“Working with Peter over the past three years has been a pleasure. We share the same values, work ethic and we’ve had a lot of laughs along the way,” said chairman Paul Dipre.

“This commitment represents the trust and faith I have in his ability to achieve my aims both on and off the pitch.”

The last set of trials for the Pure Football Academy take place on 5th July – for more information please click here.

And Carshalton Athletic’s first pre-season friendly is now less than a month away as Tooting and Mitcham United visit Colston Avenue on Saturday 13th July (kick-off-3pm).

Club named ‘Team of the Season’

Carshalton Athletic scooped major honours last weekend as the Isthmian League hosted its annual ‘end of season’ ceremony, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

At the event, held down by the seaside in Brighton, the Robins were revealed as ‘Bostik Premier Team of the Season’ and they also won the league’s ‘Respect Award’.

Korboa in ‘team of the year’ (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

Midfielder Ricky Korboa, who finished the season with 15 goals, also made the ‘Bostik Premier Best Eleven’ which was voted for by the managers of each club in the division.

Broadcaster and former Eastenders star Tom Watt handed over the main award on the night to Robins matchday secretary Christian Kemble, citing the club’s second-place finish following promotion and the impressive run to the FA Trophy third round proper as reasons for the accolade.

And the ‘respect award’ is earned by the club with the cleanest disciplinary record from across the season, taking into account any incidents of misconduct on and off the pitch.

“I’d like to say a huge well done to the management team and players,” commented Carshalton chairman Paul Dipre.

“I’m proud of everything although the respect award means a lot to me. It shows how this club continues to progress in the right direction.”

Korboa was “happy to be named in the team of the year” and has recently agreed to remain at Carshalton for the 2019/20 season.

Carshalton Athletic’s first upcoming pre-season friendly is at Colston Avenue on Saturday 13th July against Tooting and Mitcham United (kick-off TBC).

CAFC sign the impressive Ottaway

Carshalton Athletic have made a statement of intent by securing a vital player for next season’s assault on the Bostik Premier League, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Striker Harry Ottaway arrived at Colston Avenue last Christmas with the club sitting lower mid-table and going through a bad patch of results.

CAFC sign Harry Ottaway (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

But, by contributing eight goals and 12 assists after the New Year, he was a major catalyst in helping the club eventually finish second in the league.

And the decision to remain as a Robin seemingly wasn’t a tough one for Ottaway to make.

“I was made to feel very welcome here when I joined and I felt even more at home once I gave something back with my first goal against Haringey,” Ottaway said upon signing last week.

CAFC have signed the impressive Harry Ottaway for next season

“This is a great club. I had two good chats with Paul Dipre (chairman) and we got to know each other well, which is nice because normally a player would only speak to the manager.

“And I can’t wait to play for Peter (Adeniyi) again too, we are old friends and he’s doing a fantastic job here.”

Even though Ottaway firmly installed himself as a fans’ favourite during his short spell last season, the man himself feels he has more to give as Carshalton look to build on that positive second-place finish.

“I haven’t been fully fit for a long time but I felt good by the end of last season,” the 30-year old explained.

“I’m hoping a rest, then a good pre-season with consistent training will mean the fans will see more from me.

“If everyone else is like me then they’ll already feel excited to crack on. To come second after climbing nicely out of mid-table was good but this group now has experience of the division and I think we’ll be challenging up there next season.”

Ottaway is one of four children and he believes the values instilled in him by his parents has helped shaped the kind of footballer he is today.

“I’ve been taught to be a team player from an early age,” he smiled, “and as I got older I realised the benefits of that on a football pitch.

“I hope I can further repay the faith shown in me by Paul, Peter and the fans.”

There was also more good news out of Colston Avenue recently as defender Bobby Price also committed himself to the cause next season.

The 23-year old, a product of the club’s youth system, finished his seventh senior season as a Robin with three goals and eight assists while also captaining the team on several occasions.

“I wanted to stay here and I want us to push on and try to win the league next season,” said Price.

He joins fellow academy graduates Ricky Korboa and Tommy Bradford as contracted players for the new campaign ahead.

* Carshalton Athletic have announced their pre-season friendly schedule beginning in July. All games will be played at Colston Avenue: Tooting & Mitcham Utd (Saturday 15th), Cray Valley (Monday 17th), Burgess Hill Town (Saturday 20th), Charlton Athletic (Monday 22nd), Dulwich Hamlet (Monday 29th), Brighton & Hove Albion (Tuesday 30th), Maldon & Tiptree (Saturday 3rd August).