Carshalton Athletic 3 Dorking Wanderers 3
A lively encounter with the visiting league leaders produced goals, three penalties and lots of entertainment at Colston Avenue for Carshalton Athletic, writes James Barrett.
Both sides tried to get on the front foot during the opening 45 minutes and Joe Tupper did well to save a couple of dangerous attempts on our goal, while both Josh Phillips and James McShane rattled the woodwork at either end.
But it was Dorking that broke the deadlock on 39 minutes as McShane managed to sweep home from close range.
That lead only lasted three minutes however as Sekou Kaba was fouled inside their area and Paris Hamilton-Downes stepped up to blast home both our first converted spot-kick in four and his first goal of the season.
HALF-TIME: 1 – 1
We failed to kick on however and allowed Wanderers to retake the lead on 52 minutes as former Woking striker Giuseppe Sole capped off some approach work by Dean Gunner.
Bird came on for his debut just before we were given another chance to level from the spot on the hour mark. Dean Hamlin was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own area, so Hamilton-Downes duly doubled his tally from 12 yards.
And we took the lead for the first time on 71 minutes as, after some good build up on the left, Bird found himself through on goal and he calmly slotted the ball past Slavomir Huk.
But the game wasn’t done in terms of spot-kicks as the referee awarded another one – this time to Wanderers – with just eight minutes left on the clock and Sole scored to ensure his side left with a share of the spoils.
Next up: We host Chatham Town on Saturday 14th January before we travel to Godalming Town on Tuesday 17th January.
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