Sat 20
First Team
M Ball (13'), K Sargent (42')


By Alan Murphy
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Carlton Town had to settle for a point as Chasetown twice came from behind in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Both sides deserved something out of the game played in good spirit in front of an excellent crowd including a large number of travelling Millers fans.

Mark Harvey made two changes to the side which had lost to Stourbridge in the FA Trophy last time out. In came Kieran Preston and Tyler Johal for Jack Steggles and Daniel Fletcher.

On a fine surface Carlton started the better and an early Nat Watson shot was well blocked by Ryan Wynter. The Millers continued to press and opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Niall Davie was fouled by Luke McGinnell just outside the area. Davie himself hit a peach of a free kick that was headed home by Martin Ball.

The Scholars hit back and were level within seven minutes. A fine run down the left by Jordan Evans saw him hit a superb cross which was headed home by Joey Butlin.

The home side had a great chance to take the lead on 34 minutes but Kris Taylor directed a free header wide of goal. Preston then was called upon to make a fine save from Dilano Reid.

The Millers weren’t moving the ball around as fluently as they can, but they still posed a threat and they regained the lead three minutes before half time. Aaron Opoku won a corner on the left. Davie’s delivery was cleared but only to Watson who showed neat control before darting down the right and sending over a lovely cross which was met by a powerful header from Khyle Sargent past goalkeeper Curtis Pond to the delight of the visiting support behind the goal.

Shortly before half time Davie went down with what turned out to be concussion following a flailing arm. After a lengthy delay for treatment, he was taken to hospital but after-match reports indicated he was thankfully ok. Alex Howes came on in his place.

In the second half Chasetown started to put the Millers under more pressure and they equalised for the second time on 69 minutes. A free kick on the edge of the box wasn’t cleared and Taylor was on hand to force a Winter shot across the line.
Both sides looked for a winner. Howes went close for the visitors while Chasetwon kept pushing forward. The Millers defence withstood the pressure with Ball and Dan Brown excellent down the middle, ably supported by Lawrence Gorman and Johal. Gorman picked up a yellow card and was then replaced by Toby Moore as Carlton limited the number of clear opportunities for Scholars.

Butlin did have the ball in the net on 85 minutes but only after a foul on Preston leading instead to a free kick for the Millers.

Tyler Blake, who worked ceaselessly all afternoon, should have been awarded a free kick just outside the Chasetown penalty area in the last minute when he was brought down. The referee waved away the claim and the Scholars broke clear with Butler smashing a shot against the post with Preston beaten.

It would have been extremely harsh had the shot gone in but instead the game finished all square. The entire Carlton squad came across to give the noisy contingent of traveling fans merited applause for their efforts during the afternoon.

Carlton Town: K Preston, L Gorman (T Moore 73), T Johal, M Ball, D Brown, J Holmes, N Watson, K Sargent (T Maddison 57), A Opoku, T Blake, N Davie (A Howes 45). Unused substitutes: D Thomas, J Matthews

Goals: Ball 13, Sargent 42; Joey Butlin 20, Kris Taylor 69

Carlton Town Supporters Club MOTM – Martin Ball

Att: 443

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Match date

Sat 20, Nov 2021






Northern Premier League - Midlands

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Carlton Town
Martin Ball

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Martin Ball