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Harlow Town
Carshalton Athletic
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Sat 13 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 211

Clinical Carshalton Hit Hawks for Four

Two goals in either half saw Harlow drop into the relegation zone in what was a sloppy performance.

First half strikes from Michael Onovwigun and Bobby Price gave Harlow a tough task in the second half. The home side were somewhat improved, but Michael Dixon and Jacob Mendy struck off the bench to add the gloss on a result that extends Harlow’s winless run at home this season.

Carshalton have risen to 12th as a result, while Harlow now find themselves in 21st place.

Despite not being on top of the game, Harlow should’ve gone ahead as early as minute four. A centre-circle free kick from Jason Raad was dinked into the box, finding new signing Sewa Marah, but the winger’s attempt at a simple lobbed cut back was narrowly over the top right of the goal.

Carshalton’s first chance was for Tommy Bradford, the number ten cutting onto a wild long pass, before bursting inside and shooting at Josh Bexon, who parried the curled effort.

Due to perhaps the lack of playing time together for Harlow’s new forwards, the hosts were struggling to create any chances of note, while the visitors were the complete opposite. Jerson Dos Santos made a lively start and had earlier failed to meet a brilliant corner, but made amends in the 21st minute with a brilliant involvement in his team’s first goal…

He and left-back Danny Dudley exchanged passes in their attacking half, working their way to the edge of Harlow’s box. Dudley then slipped it round Paul Rodgers and to Dos Santos, who’s simple cutback was poked into the net by Michael Onovwigun.

Jules Haabo, who has already notched an assist since joining the club, was keen to get a first goal, holding up the ball well in the 23rd minute before turning and seeing his rising shot just go over. Shortly after, Dos Santos should’ve added a goal to his assist, heading over from point-blank range following some pinball football at a corner.

With the game’s pace rising, opposing skipper Bobby Price caught out the home defence with a simple crossfield punt. Ricky Korboa collected, waited and tapped it behind to Bradford, who from the left-edge of the six-yard box, mustered a weak shot.

There was another example of wastefulness from a set-piece, Haabo heading a looping Rodgers cross wide in the 38th minute, although a header across would’ve been wiser. From there on, Harlow had the better passages of play until half-time, particularly Raad and Nathan Koranteng, who were drawing fouls, linking up well and blasting crosses into the visitor’s box.

Despite this, a familiar problem came back to haunt Harlow. They didn’t convert any of the above chances and conceded some point after. Price had followed Peter Adeniyi on a mazy counter-attacking run, and upon receiving the ball just inside the box, had a go at goal. His shot was blocked by JJ Da Cruz, but his second bite of the cherry proved much more fruitful, as he lobbed Bexon to double Carshalton’s lead. With the half-time whistle coming very soon after, Danny Chapman’s men had no time to respond, and went into the interval deservedly behind.

HALF-TIME: Harlow Town 0 – 2 Carshalton Athletic

With both teams making a quiet start to the second half, Emile Accquah was introduced in the 52nd minute for Jules Haabo. Between this and Christian Scales coming on for Koranteng, Korboa headed down a lofted through ball to Dos Santos, who failed to convert the one-on-one. Michael Aziaya was next to come close, his ambitious effort from 35 yards out went narrowly wide. No chances followed for a while, so Chapman responded by swapping Sewa Marah for Nathan Fox in the seventieth minute.

With 18 minutes to go, Dos Santos and Price displayed their ability to link up again. The forward breezed past Harlow’s midfield, before finding Price out wide, who’s return ball was inaccurate. The pair continued to persist, the former getting past his man and slipping it into Korboa four minutes later. His low shot came off the leg of Bexon, and Yannick Kissi was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Down the other end, with 78’ on the clock, Raad took his time on the left getting a cross in. His dazzling footwork and persistence allowed him to eventually have a go, but Acquah couldn’t control it at the near post.

Michael Dixon came on in the 83rd minute and immediately made an impact. Daniel Pappoe latched onto a through ball on the right by-line and put in a simple low cross. Dixon beat Da Cruz for pace and tapped it beneath Bexon before wheeling away in celebration with the Carshalton fans, who would certainly be having a happy journey home.

There was further joy, as fellow substitute Jacob Mendy made it four goals shortly after. This goal was a lot less simple, the winger’s successful and thunderous shot from 25 yards out not easy to pull off. The Hawks had one chance after: an impressive Scales cross was half-volleyed way over by Fox in extra-time. The manner of the miss summed up Harlow’s afternoon: intent, but no end product.

FULL-TIME: Harlow Town 0 - 4 Carsahlton Atheltic

Harlow make the journey to Kingstonian next Saturday (3PM KO) before hosting Brightlingsea three days later (7:45pm)

Taylor Hastings

Player of the Match

Taylor Hastings

Key moments

21:00
Goal Goal for Carshalton Athletic
45:00
Goal Goal for Carshalton Athletic
84:00
Goal Goal for Carshalton Athletic
86:00
Goal Goal for Carshalton Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Taylor Hastings is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
86:00 Goal 0 - 4
Goal for Carshalton Athletic
84:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for Carshalton Athletic
67:00 Yellow Card
Paul Rodgers is yellow carded for Harlow Town
66:00 Sub Off
Sewa Marah is substituted off for Harlow Town
66:00 Sub On
Nathan Fox is substituted on for Harlow Town
55:00 Sub Off
Nathan Koranteng is substituted off for Harlow Town
55:00 Sub On
Christian Scales is substituted on for Harlow Town
52:00 Sub Off
Jules Haabo is substituted off for Harlow Town
52:00 Sub On
Emile Acquah is substituted on for Harlow Town
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Carshalton Athletic
44:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Carshalton Athletic
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Carshalton Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Carshalton Athletic
  • 0
  • Goal 21:00'
  • Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Goal 45:00'
  • Jules Haabo Sub Off 52:00'
  • Emile Acquah Sub On 52:00'
  • Nathan Koranteng Sub Off 55:00'
  • Christian Scales Sub On 55:00'
  • Sewa Marah Sub Off 66:00'
  • Nathan Fox Sub On 66:00'
  • Paul Rodgers Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Goal 84:00'
  • Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Bexon, Josh Bexon, Josh
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Kissi, Yanick Kissi, Yanick
Da Cruz, JJ Da Cruz, JJ
Hastings, Taylor Hastings, Taylor
Marah, Sewa Marah, Sewa
Koranteng, Nathan Koranteng, Nathan
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Edwards, Charlie Edwards, Charlie
Raad, Jason Raad, Jason
Haabo, Jules Haabo, Jules

League round up

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Dorking Wanderers
Margate
2
1
Merstham
1
1
Bishop's Stortford
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1
0
Leatherhead
Worthing
3
1

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Wingate & Finchley 10 11
17. Kingstonian 10 11
18. Corinthian-Casuals 9 11
19. Leatherhead 9 9
20. Brightlingsea Regent 10 9
21. Harlow Town 11 8
22. Burgess Hill Town 11 7

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