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Boreham Wood (home), Vanarama National League Tuesday 28th February, KO 7.45
With the Ryman League championship party all set to follow Mondayís local derby, any worry that the edge might be taken off the celebrations for Sutton supporters was comfortably dispelled as Uís duly completed their home league programme unbeaten and ensured that Carshaltonís search for a first league victory at Gander Green Lane since 1962 would be extended.
After an entertaining first quarter of the game, when both sides hit the woodwork among several other chances, Sutton became increasingly dominant and after Fola Orilonishe had broken the deadlock six minutes before half time, the second half was pretty much one-way traffic and but for a fine performance from Carshalton goalkeeper Craig Ross Uís would have had more than the goal with which Bradley Woods-Garness pulled ahead of Craig Dundas in the competition to be Uís leading league scorer for the season.
It was an impressive 10th successive home league win for Uís, an Isthmian record for the club, and when Orilonishe found the net it meant that they had scored in every home league game for the first time since the 1965-66 season. That record really should have been set inside the first five minutes as Woods-Garness dragged a low shot wide after a fine move involving Tom Kavanagh, who had his second outstanding game of the Easter weekend, and Karl Murray, and then when Sam Page put a free header in to the side netting from a Davis free kick. Carshalton were lively early on, with Anthony Joseph reminding his former club of his pace, and from one cross, Joel Ledgister managed somewhat inadvertently to knock the ball past Kevin Scriven, who was relieved to see it bounce back off the post. Minutes later it was Uís turn to strike the woodwork, Davis rattling the crossbar from fifteen yards after another neat passing move on the edge of the area, but Scriven, honoured by the Supportersí Club before the game as their Player of the Year, was soon in action again, cutting out a low ball in from Michael Boateng which was neither cross or shot after he had carried the ball past Uís defence on the right.
The tempo soon dropped, with Carshalton occasionally looking as though they could catch Uís on the break but Sutton having much more of the ball only to see moves falter through misdirected passes. Seven minutes before the break, though, Craig Dundas, hitherto quiet against his former club, exploded in to action with a superb run from halfway which took him past several defenders in to the penalty area, and only a fine save by Ross prevented his powerful shot registering what would have been a stunning goal. It was a brief respite, however, as Davis pulled the corner back to Woods-Garness, and although he couldnít get a shot in he managed to find Leroy Griffiths, whose chip in to the area was brought down by Orilonishe before he turned to send a left foot shot low in to the corner of the net.
Either side of the interval Tashan Francis-Adeyinka and Justyn Roberts were booked for fouls on the energetic Kavanagh, who then came close to crowning a fine move as Woods-Garness moved on to a sublime lay-off by Griffiths and put Davis through on the right, and he rolled the ball inside for Kavanagh whose first time shot was just too high. The lively Davis also set Woods-Garness up for a shot that was saved by Ross before making way for Richard Jolly, but the second goal that was looking increasingly inevitable came with just over twenty minutes left. Kavanagh, again supporting the attack, hit a low shot which beat Ross but came back off the post, and Jolly returned the rebound across goal for Woods-Garness to guide his 13th league goal of the season in to the top corner.
The result now assured and the atmosphere ever more one of celebration, Uís might have had more goals as substitute Kennedy Adjei finished a fine solo run with a shot that was well saved, and Andy Forbes was denied by the keeper as he tried to go round him after being put in by Jolly, but ever more it was just a question of waiting for referee David Spainís final whistle to signal the start of the festivities.
Carshalton: C Ross, M Boateng, J Roberts, D Williams, D Obaze, D Ray, D Bryan, R Kember(sub P Hamilton-Downes 58), T Francis-Adeyinka(sub B Stevens H-T, A Joseph(sub S Ayres 73), J Ledgister. Subs n/u J Hill, N Akata. Booked: Francis-Adeyinka (42-foul), Roberts (49-foul), Obaze(63-foul).