Article by James Barrett-Sterling
Carshalton Athletic captain Bobby Price hopes their most recent result will usher in a new era of consistency at Colston Avenue, writes James Barrett-Sterling.
With the 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture still fresh from two weeks ago, the Robins travelled to Greenwich Borough on Tuesday and ground out a morale-boosting 2-1 victory.
But Carshalton’s last six results have yielded just seven points and seen the club, one of the favourites for promotion back in August, clinging on to the coattails of the top six.
“That was a huge result for us because, even though it’s only November, Greenwich were in second and six points ahead of us before kick-off,” said Price.
“Our results have been inconsistent recently so hopefully this will boost our confidence and we are all looking forward to our next game.”
The win didn’t come easy however as Mark Phillips, whom also scored in that match last month, put Greenwich one-up on 16 minutes.
But Carshalton went in level at the break as Tommy Bradford won a spot-kick that was converted by striker Raheem Sterling-Parker.
And Sterling-Parker poached his 11th of the season as he tapped home, following good work by Michael Aziaya whom unsettled a tentative Borough defence, on 47 minutes.
But Sterling-Parker’s evening took a sour turn literally 60 seconds later as a second yellow ended his participation and his teammates then had to run themselves ragged to protect their lead.
"My legs were in bits the next day," smiled Price, "and it was mentally tough too. Once Raheem went, they really stretched us but we all stepped up and worked so hard for the three points.
"I thought both Raheem's bookings were harsh but he also scored our two goals. He has been a great add to the squad this season."
Carshalton now have to wait until Monday for their next action as Chipstead come visiting and Price hopes the home fans will continue to back the squad.
"The few that made it to Greenwich were loving it, singing loads in the pouring rain, and so that win was for them as much as us," Price added.
"We need to keep giving them things to cheer about so we'll prepare well for Monday's game and look to put in another winning performance."
Carshalton Athletic vs Chipstead kicks off at 7.45pm on Monday 13th November.
Photo credit: Ian Gerrard