CARLTON TOWN 0-2 LOUGHBOROUGH DYNAMO - MATCH REPORT
Riece Bertram was sent off as Carlton Town were beaten 2-0 at home by Loughborough Dynamo.
On the day that Paul Shelton’s ashes were laid to rest at the ground, the Millers were hoping to mark the occasion with a win, but they were unable to against an impressive Dynamo side who deserved their win.
Wayne Scott made one change to the side which won at Spalding last time out. Darol Lucas was absent and he was replaced by Daniel Fletcher. Dynamo included ex-Carlton players Paolo Piliero and Jarrod Holmes in their side.
The Millers began the brighter and Kieran Walker shot just wide after Bertram had a shot blocked.
Loughborough’s first chance came on 12 minutes. Some uncertain defending led to Sam Thorpe going through on goal but Jack Steggles was out quickly to snuff out the danger.
A lovely Carlton moved saw Daniel Gordon’s shot blocked before Eddie Schoenecker fired at goal from 30 yards with Charlie Taylor saving.
The visitors took the lead on 19 minutes. Walker missed a high ball through the middle and when it was played left to Tolani Omotola he kept his cool and steered the ball high into the corner of the net.
That gave Dynamo the impetus to push forward and a lovely move down the right saw Thorpe fired inches wide across the goal.
Bertram’s red card followed on the half hour. He challenged for a loose ball against Karl Demidh on the half way line. Bertram’s foot was raised but the challenge didn’t look that bad until Demidh rolled a few times and the majority of the Dynamo team surrounded the referee baying for a red card. He duly produced it, which coincided with Demidh’s recovery as he got up to complete the game.
Loughborough made the most of the extra man and played some neat intelligent passing football. Steggles saved from Demidh twice before half time, while the nearest Carlton came was a Gordon free kick comfortably saved by Taylor.
In the second half Dynamo began well and Josh Riley blazed high over the bar when put in a glorious position to score.
Thorpe then hit the side netting before Steggles made another save from Demidh.
Kaylum Mitchell was trying to inspire Carlton and from one excellent run he laid the ball into the path of William Mellors-Blair who shot wide with a first time effort when he had more time.
Moments later Mitchell hit a fierce goal-bound shot from the edge of the box which drew a fine save from Taylor.
Loughborough broke in numbers from a Carlton throw-in and only a magnificent tackle from Fletcher on Riley prevented a second goal.
That however came on 77 minutes when Jack Andrews headed home at the near post from a corner.
Mellors-Blair shot wide from a good position after Schoenecker’s shot was blocked but in truth the Millers were second best on the day.
After the match there was a moving ceremony as Paul Shelton’s ashes were buried behind the goal with his family present to hear some fine words from club President Roger Smith.
Carlton Town: Steggles, McNicholas, Fletcher, Schoenecker, Carlisle, Walker, Mitchell, Bertram, Wilson (Akaunu 46), Mellors-Blair (Gibbons 79), Gordon (Gnahore 70). Unused substitutes: Elliott
Goals: Tolani Omotola 19, Jack Andrews 77
Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM: Kaylum Mitchell