Plenty of goals in Carlton
An 8-goal thriller in Carlton sees the points shared. Match Report by Stephen Breden
Carlton were showing signs of quality almost straight from kick-off as Daniel Elliot shot over the bar just four minutes in. Five minutes later and they were again showing the attacking ability of a side that shouldn’t be near the bottom of the table as Aaron Hooton was played in on goal and calmly rounded Alex Brown, filling in for Sam Donkin, and tapped the ball into the empty net.
Whilst being good going forwards; both sides seem to struggle at the back and this was seen on the 14th minute when a long throw from Curtis Hartley was flicked on by Grant Ryan into the 6-yard area where Jordan Smith was allowed a free header to send the ball past Jack Steggles. Three minutes later the visitors had defending issues of their own as Kyle Stovell tapped the ball into an empty net following a cross that was not dealt with by Alex Brown as he tried to punch it away.
Following this the game settled in to a quiet period with both teams struggling to keep the ball on a long and unpredictable pitch. This was turned on its head though when, on the 31st minute, Jon Challinor picked the ball up around 25 yards out took a few touches before taking aim and fired a shot low into the bottom corner of Steggles’ goal.
The score did not stay level for long as a few minutes later Josh Rae picked up on a loose bouncing ball and volleyed goal bound and despite getting a hand to it Alex Brown could not keep it out. The final chance of the half lead to the sixth goal with some nice work down the right wing from John King gave Stamford a bright chance on the counter; he played the ball into Laurie Wilson who crossed into the middle. No-one met the ball but it found its way all the way through to Jordan Smith who was on hand to tap in.
Five minutes into the second half Carlton thought they had the lead again as a long throw from the left beat everyone in the box coming to Alex Brown who looked to have spilt into his own net but the referee disallowed the goal. Five minutes later John King looked bright again down the right wing this time cutting inside and then shooting with his left foot but this was an easy save for the keeper. Five minutes later the visitors displayed some more poor defending; at first failing to clear and then allowing Kyle Stovell to run through without challenge but he could only put his shot into the side netting.
Stamford had the lead for the first time in the game on the 65th minute as Grant Ryan ran down the right wing and rolled the ball across the face of the goal to where Jon Challinor was waiting and he made no mistake with the finish securing his second of the game. A minute later he was up the other end with some key defensive work clearing Daniel Elliot’s volley off the line. With fifteen to go the game was level again as Alex Troke fired a shot from the edge of the box through a crowd of bodies into the net. Two minutes later Stamford should have taken the lead again as Grant Ryan flicked the ball into Jon Challinor who had time but could only shoot on the volley straight at the keeper.
Laurie Wilson put the corner in and most of the home side players appealed that it had gone out, Curtis Hartley headed the ball back into the middle where it was deflected in by one of the home defenders. The referee and his assistant conferred and then decided the ball had gone out of play and awarded a free-kick. The last chance of the game went Carton’s way with Kyle Stovell’s shot being tipped over by Alex Brown to secure the point.