Sat 14
First Team
Newcastle Town
M Ball (45'), T Blake (58'), (64')


By Alan Murphy
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Goals from Martin Ball and a Tyler Blake brace saw Carlton Town rise to the top of the league table with a 3-1 against Newcastle Town at Stoke Lane.

The win saw Carlton’s impressive start to the season continue as the Millers have now won six of their first seven league fixtures. With Leek Town losing at Cleethorpes, Carlton leapfrogged the Staffordshire side on goal difference to head the table for the first time in six years.

Managers Tommy Brookbanks and Mark Harvey made one change from the side which won at Stamford in midweek. Daniel Fletcher was injured and he was replaced by Oliver Robinson, with Dan Brown moving to left back as he had at the Daniels.

On a bright sunny afternoon Carlton started the game slowly. Castle had the first chance of the game when Jack Steggles did well to hold onto a Michael Conlon shot.

Brown then played the ball to Niall Davie who cut inside and crossed to Blake. James Askey missed his kick presenting Blake with a clear sight of goal but Harry Pickering made a superb save to deny him.

It was a rare moment of pressure from Carlton as for whatever reason they appeared listless, with nowhere near the energy they had shown in the win at Stamford.

Newcastle pushed forward and took the lead on 26 minutes. Some quick play saw Ryan McClean get in behind Brown and as Steggles approached he fired across him and into the net.

Conlon almost doubled the lead three minutes later when he ran onto a lofted through ball and shot just wide.

Despite being second best Carlton had a glorious chance to equalise on 37 minutes. Tom Maddison, one of the few players to emerge with credit in the opening 45 minutes, delivered a pin point free kick into the Newcastle penalty area. Blake got away from his marker and, completely unchallenged, headed over the bar from six yards.

At the other end Luke Dennis then fired just over from a Jordan Cole free kick.

With half time approaching Carlton equalised against the run of play. Another Maddison free kick was met by an excellent Toby Moore header at the back post which crashed against the crossbar. Aaron Opoku saw his follow-up shot cleared off the line but Ball was on hand to fire home from the edge of the box.

The Carlton managers had some harsh words for the team in the interval and they were a much more focussed team in the second half. Oliver Clark came on at half time to add some presence to the midfield and from the off the Millers took the game to their opponents.

Carlton took the lead on 58 minutes. Opoku beat Sam Bradbury on the left before delivering a peach of a cross to the back post where Blake headed over the stranded goalkeeper Pickering and into the net.

Five minutes later Blake ran through one-on-one but Pickering stood up and made the save. It was only a temporary reprieve as 6o seconds later Blake had his second and Carlton’s third. Davie crossed from the right, Opoku flicked on and Blake showed some quick feet to create a yard of space for himself in the area and then fire home.

The Millers then pushed forward looking for a fourth goal to kill the game. Davie shot just over after some neat play by Brown and Clark and substitute Mamoke Akaunu put a fine chance wide of the post after Blake had initially missed a Davie free kick. Late on Pickering made a superb save to deny Clark a goal for his efforts.

Newcastle rarely threatened with Maddison pulling the strings in front of a back four which in the second half looked far more like the Carlton Town defence of this season. McClean saw a late effort deflected over but that was about it for the visitors.

Elvis Otim was brought on for his debut and he gave an impressive 15 minute cameo as the Millers came from behind for the second time this season to make it six wins out of seven. Long may this form continue.

Carlton Town: Steggles, Brown, Robinson, Ball, Moore, Maddison, Smithson (Clark 46), Elliott (Otim 74), Opoku (Akaunu 71), Blake, Davie. Unused subs: Stovell, Charlton

Goals: Ball 45, Blake 58, 64; Ryan McClean 26

Carlton Town Supports Club MOTM: Tyler Blake

Attendance: 106

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Match date

Sat 14, Sep 2019






South East Division

League position

Carlton Town
Newcastle Town
Tyler Blake

Player of the match

Tyler Blake