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First Team - Match centre

Carlton Town
Lincoln United
O Clark (9'), T Blake (37', 45')
Full time
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 77



Tyler Blake scored twice as Carlton Town finally secured a home league win with a 3-1 victory over Lincoln Utd.

The Millers had gone almost six months without a win in front of their own fans and that record is the main reason they went into this game in the relegation zone. However, Blake’s brace followed a strike from Oliver Clark and the resultant three points saw the Millers climb out of the drop zone with 10 matches of the season remaining.

There was a late red card for Henry Rollinson to take some sheen off the afternoon but Carlton supporters will be thankful for a home win after such a long wait.

Manager Wayne Scott made three changes to the side which beat AFC Mansfield in the Notts Senior Cup last time out. In came Rollinson, Blake and Ben Hutchinson. Out went the suspended Riece Bertram plus Aaron Opoku and Karabo Motshweni.

Lincoln featured ex-Miller Rob Norris amongst their substitutes.

Carlton got off to the perfect start with a goal inside nine minutes. A cross from the right found Hutchinson. His shot was only partially cleared to Kyle Stovell and when he squared the ball to Oliver Clark, the midfielder made no mistake, firing low into the corner of the net.

Lincoln, with a strong wind at their backs, then put Carlton under 25 minutes of sustained pressure. The Millers defence was excellent throughout, keeping the Whites at bay and restricting them to a couple of long-range efforts. Indeed, it seemed that every time Lincoln looked like they had got behind the Carlton defence, they were denied by an offside flag.

However, the pressure was always likely to produce a goal and it did on 32 minutes. A long free kick was flicked on and Thomas Garrick held off Edward Clarke and Kieran Walker to drill home.

Carlton responded well. Stovell, who caused Lincoln problems all afternoon, won the ball in midfield and fed Niall Davie on the left. He sprinted past two defenders and cross for Hutchinson, who flicked onto Ryan Ebanks on the edge of the box. Ebanks hit a fierce drive destined for the top corner until Michael Emery rose to tip the ball over the bar with a superb save.

It didn’t matter as Carlton regained the lead two minutes later with a contender for goal of the season. Hutchinson hit a sublime pass with the outside of his left boot to send Stovell and Blake away. Stovell kept possession under pressure and returned a pass to Hutchinson who then sent Blake clear on the left. He hit a lovely flick to lift the ball over the shoulder of the onrushing Emery and into the net.

Carlton almost made it 3-1 on 42 minutes when Oliver Clark’s neat turn and shot was heading into the net until Scott Matthews cleared off the line.

With the game into the second of the two added first half minutes the Millers extended their lead. A long throw by Walker was headed goalwards by Oliver Clark. Emery made a fine save but was helpless when Blake reacted quickest, firing into the roof of the net from a couple of yards.

Lincoln tried to reduce the arrears in the second half and from one attack Edward Clarke did well to clear but the Carlton defence, with Toby Moore, Davie and Ebanks all having fine games alongside Edward Clarke and Jack Steggles, dealt with everything thrown at them.

Indeed, Carlton had opportunities to extend their lead with Opoku and Aidan Austin both causing the visiting defence to work hard to keep the Millers out.

With the game in the third minute of added time Carlton were awarded a throw deep in the Lincoln half. Rollinson took too long for the referee’s liking and the official showed him a second yellow card (to add to an earlier booking) and sent him off. It was all rather unnecessary and out of keeping with an otherwise fine display from the referee.

Steggles made his best save of the game in the last minute of added time, keeping out a fierce close-range effort to the delight of the home support as Carlton secured their first home win against Lincoln since 2010.

Carlton Town: Steggles, Ebanks, Davie, E Clarke, Moore, Walker, Rollinson, O Clark, Blake (McNicholas 88), Hutchinson (Austin 83), Stovell (Opoku 67). Unused substitutes: Motshweni, Robinson

Goals: O Clark 9, Blake 37, 45; Thomas Garrick 32

Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM: Tyler Blake

Attendance: 77

Tyler Blake

Player of the Match

Tyler Blake

Key moments

Goal Oliver Clark scores for Carlton Town
Goal Tyler Blake scores for Carlton Town
Goal Tyler Blake scores for Carlton Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Tyler Blake is awarded player of the match for Carlton Town
88:00 Sub On
Robbie McNicholas is substituted on for Carlton Town
88:00 Sub Off
Tyler Blake is substituted off for Carlton Town
83:00 Sub On
Aidan Austin is substituted on for Carlton Town
83:00 Sub Off
Ben Hutchinson is substituted off for Carlton Town
67:00 Sub On
Aaron Opoku is substituted on for Carlton Town
67:00 Sub Off
Kyle Stovell is substituted off for Carlton Town
45:00 Goal 3 - 0
Tyler Blake scores for Carlton Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tyler Blake scores for Carlton Town
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Oliver Clark scores for Carlton Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Carlton Town
  • Lincoln United
  • 0
  • Oliver Clark Goal 9:00'
  • Tyler Blake Goal 37:00'
  • Tyler Blake Goal 45:00'
  • Aaron Opoku Sub On 67:00'
  • Kyle Stovell Sub Off 67:00'
  • Aidan Austin Sub On 83:00'
  • Ben Hutchinson Sub Off 83:00'
  • Tyler Blake Sub Off 88:00'
  • Robbie McNicholas Sub On 88:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Lincoln United 38 43
15. AFC Mansfield 38 42
16. Pickering Town 38 35
17. Wisbech Town 38 31
18. Spalding United 38 31
19. Carlton Town 38 27
20. Gresley FC 38 25

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