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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Carshalton Athletic defender Luke Read enjoyed a humdinger of a 50th appearance as his side put in a five-star last weekend

Photo credit Ian Gerrard.

The Robins thumped visiting Potters Bar Town 5-1 in stormy conditions and climbed up to third in the Isthmian Premier League.

And Read, whom joined the club 12 months ago and had yet to register a goal before kick-off last Saturday, got two including the opener and a sweet half volley after the break.

He was ecstatic to break his personal duck but even happier that it meant his side solidified their promotion challenge with a third win on the spin.

“It was a great overall performance, we handled the conditions by making right decisions in all areas, and it was just a shame we conceded a goal when they barely had a chance on target,” said Read.

“It’s getting exciting up the top of the table now and there’s no room for many slip-ups from anyone.

“We just have keep doing what we are doing, keep winning and hopefully someone else will make a mistake along the way.”

Read opened the scoring on Saturday with a close-range header after skipper Paris Hamilton-Downes had knocked back a corner delivery at the far post.

“I made my initial run too early during that first goal, but Paris’ header dropped back to me and it was a fairly simple finish in the end,” he smiled.

A more familiar face doubled Carshalton’s lead before the break as Ricky Korboa side-footed home following fine work by Lewis White.

The Robins flew out the blocks after half-time and, on 48 minutes, more positive forward play from White ended with Christie Pattisson grabbing his thirteenth of the season with a clinical finish.

Read then astonished the home fans as he came onto a clearing header 20 yards from goal and smashed a left-footed shot beyond the dive of beleaguered Town keeper Ravan Constable.

“I surprised myself with that one a bit,” he laughed. “I had to yell at Ricky to get out of my way, I’ve got my head over it and it was a great feeling to see it go in.”

Striker Omar Koroma got in on the act just after the hour, a sublime solo goal starting from the halfway line being his first since mid-November, meaning Charlie Barker’s strike for Town 19 minutes from time was mere consolation.

Next up for Carshalton Athletic is an away game at Margate on Saturday, KO 3pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 6:00 pm  

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