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Carshalton Athletic vs Brightlingsea Regent

Carshalton Athletic’s promotion ambitions still look vibrant after they extended a current unbeaten league run to 13 matches last weekend, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Tommy Bradford and substitute Omar Koroma shared the goals as the Robins saw off visiting Brightlingsea Regent 3-0 in front of a crowd edging towards 500.

Tommy Bradford scoring the first goal (credit: Chris Bushe)

The club still frustratingly sit sixth in the Bostik Premier League however, just one point outside the play-off places, as those above them also all won on Saturday.

But Koroma believes all he and his teammates can do is just keep their good run going.

“We just have to keep focused. We are only looking for three points from every match now so that we can take advantage if other teams drop points,” the striker said after the game.

Carshalton made all the early running against Brightlingsea but wayward finishing or good goalkeeping kept the scoreline blank until the 42nd minute when Bradford swept home Christie Pattisson’s low cross for his tenth goal of the season.

That relaxed the fidgety home crowd and, as the visitors flagged during the second-half, the introduction of Koroma led to him curling home a stunning 30-yard free kick with 10 minutes to go.

And the icing on the cake came on 87 minutes as Ricky Korboa robbed the last defender of the ball, bore down on goal and then unselfishly squared to Koroma whom side-footed into an empty net.

“At 1-0 up you can never feel really comfortable as the other team could get a lucky break or a set-piece, but in the end it was a good three points” Koroma reflected.

“I was telling my teammates on the bench that I felt there were more goals to be had, so I was pleased to get on and contribute.”

Next up for Carshalton is the short trip to Corinthian Casuals this weekend and it is a game Koroma is really up for after the topsy-turvy encounter back in November.

“They beat us at home earlier in the season and it was a tough game,” the striker said as he recalled scoring a penalty in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

“That result annoyed me but we’ve pushed on a lot since then. I’m looking forward to Saturday and the rest of our games, it’s an exciting time.”

Carshalton Athletic visit Corinthian Casuals on Saturday 30th March (kick-off 3pm).

Dorking Wanderers vs Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton Athletic came up against the seemingly unstoppable force of Bostik Premier table-toppers Dorking Wanderers last weekend and they didn’t flinch from the task, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

Dorking took an early lead last Saturday as they were looking to register a twelfth straight league win, but a second-half fightback saw the Robins eventually run out 3-2 winners.

Two-goal hero Tommy Bradford (pic credit: Chris Bushe)

That impressive victory moved Carshalton up into sixth place and just one point outside the play-off spots ahead of a match against Brightlingsea Regent this coming weekend.

And assistant manager Keith Boanas has been pleased with how the squad has overcome recent disappointments to put themselves firmly in the race for promotion.

“No other club in or around the play-offs would relish playing us right now,” Boanas said after the game.“

“We’ve dropped so many points recently by conceding late goals or not converting penalties but, since Margate away (where Carshalton led for 90 minutes before the game ended 1-1), the boys have responded well and we’ve now won four in a row.“

“It’s a cliché to say but we need to treat every game as a cup final and perform as we did against Dorking, particularly in the second-half where we were fantastic.”

It appeared Carshalton had a mountain to climb as they trailed at Meadowbank as Luke Moore converted a low cross from close range on 14 minutes.

But, as the Robins got on the front foot after the break, Bobby Price headed them level on 50 minutes and a brace by Tommy Bradford put Carshalton firmly in the driving seat.

Elliott Buchanan’s spectacular 86th minute half-volley for the Wands set-up a frenetic finale but this time Carshalton kept their nerve to secure three points.

“We had an idea of how Dorking were going to play so we worked on our pressing game which I thought, bar a couple of moments, worked well,” added Boanas.

“But the most pleasing aspect was how the players took on-board what we said at half-time.”

“We wasted some good dead ball opportunities and needed to be calmer when in possession. The boys went out second-half, turned things around and we are really proud of them.”

Carshalton prepare to host Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday 23rd March (kick-off 3pm) with the Robins winning the reverse fixture back in November 2-0.