ROBINSON STARS AS MILLERS BEAT DRAYTON
Anton Robinson starred as Carlton Town finished their league campaign on a high, beating Market Drayton 4-0 at the Bill Stokeld stadium.
Robinson, back in the side in preparation for Tuesday’s forthcoming Notts Senior Cup final, repaid Les McJannet’s selection with a brace and was a handful for the gingerbreads defence throughout.
The win, Carlton’s first in seven games, means the Millers finish the campaign in 10th place in the First Division South.
With Grant Brindley and Josh Thornton suspended for both this game and the Senior Cup final, McJannet brought in Kelvin Mushambi, Josh Rae, Robinson, Lee Torr and Sam MacVicar into his starting line up, with Joe Brothwell absent and Aaron Hooton and Danny Elliott starting on the bench alongside Bradley Munn.
Robinson started as he meant to go on, taking advantage of a second minute slip by James Askey and firing just over the top.
He then held off the same player and brought and excellent save from Damien Stevens in the Drayton goal.
The visitors’ first threat came after 18 minutes, when Jonathon Viscosi held onto Jake Bennett’s strike. At the other end Robinson just failed to get on the end of Billy Bennett’s dangerous free kick.
The Millers opened the scoring on 37 minutes. Robinson was the recipient of a Billy Bennett throw and he turned Askey before slotting low into Stevens’s bottom right hand corner.
Drayton were largely anonymous up front but Lee Torr did well to block a Rob Stevenson effort early in the second half.
The Millers confirmed victory with two goals in six minutes midway through the half. First Robinson held off Chris Flynn after Viscosi’s goal kick was flicked on, and the striker smashed his angled drive into the corner of the net.
Then, on 71 minutes, Rae made a great tackle, Mushambi then played the ball into MacVicar whose cross led to Askey putting through his own goal with Robinson poised to snap up a hatrick.
Mike Clarkson had a rare Drayton shot with time running out which drew a decent save from Viscosi, but in truth the visitors were poor and Carlton continued to push forward searching for a fourth.
It almost arrived in the last minute of normal time but Stevens made a fantastic save from MacVicar after Billy Bennett’s cross wasn’t cleared.
Drayton’s relief was short lived as in the second minute of added time, Rae put over a superb cross and MacVicar stooped to net a diving header Keith Houchen would have been proud of and round off a fine Millers performance.
Carlton Town: Viscosi; Campbell, Bennett, Torr, Troke; Mushambi, Rae, Flynn, Vilums (Munn 72); Robinson (Elliott 80), MacVicar. Unused substitute: Hooton.
Goals: Robinson 37, 65, og 71, MacVicar 90
Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM – Anton Robinson.