The first goal came midway through the first half, Leroy climbing highest to nod the ball past the keeper after a good move and a great cross by Darran. A few chances came and went for the home team to double their lead, most notably Darran’s header from yet another great delivery from Shane, but the big man couldn’t quite direct it on target. There was a scare at the other end when the Cars’ centre forward turned and hit a great volley that came back off the bar, but the Blue Giants went in 1-0 up at half time.
HT: 1 - 0
The second half was more of the same, with Norsemen dominating possession but not doing a great deal with it. Leroy had a half chance that he fired narrowly over, a fantastic diving header that the keeper just kept out, and Clifford was denied by a fantastic last gasp tackle from the away side’s skipper. On the hour mark however it was Carshalton who got the next goal – the right winger’s mishit cross came back off the bar and landed at the feet of the centre forward, who made no mistake.
After some huffing and puffing Norsemen went back in the lead, Muzza’s header from Shane’s corner was well saved, but Clifford reacted quickest to put it back in the mixer where the geriatric Reg was waiting to turn the ball home. The lead didn’t last long however, as Carshalton were level with 5 minutes to go when Zak could only parry a cross to the feet of the waiting centre forward who slotted home.
There was still time for Norsemen to spurn 2 chances to win the game – firstly Ballers could only head over after the keeper had spilled a free kick from Shane, and then Leroy turned his man to create a one on one opportunity, but the keeper was equal to it.
The final whistle went and Norsemen were left to rue the missed chances, but could hold on to the fact that the unbeaten home record is still intact.
MOM – it wasn’t a great game by anyone’s standards, but my vote goes to Leroy Lunghu who looked sharp and gave us something extra up top.