Promotion Confirmed


Grant Brindley can do no wrong at the moment and after Jonathan Viscosi had kept Carlton in the game in the first half with a string of outstanding saves, the big centre half popped up in the second half to snatch the winner in the 79th minute of a pulsating league cup quarter final at Stoke Lane.

The whole build up to this game had proved a new experience for The Millers given the profile of their opponents, the fact the new Sky Cigs corporate suite was opening and it was also the furthest The Millers had come in the competition.

Only two hours before the game, Millers chairman Mick Garton was speaking live to Radio Nottinghams drive time presenter Alan Clifford and Carltons new twitter following had increased significantly in the build up to the game.

Carlton brought in extra security for the fixture and Carlton Police gave the fixture coverage given the bigger than usual gate The Millers were expecting given their opponents excellent support.

Carlton were not left disappointed with the rain keeping away for once and an attendance of 336 including over 200 from Manchester.

On the pitch, the big question was could The Millers players step up to the plate in front of a crowd mainly backing the opposition?

FC United started the game well and took a 12th minute lead through the talented Thomas Greaves, Alex Troke pulled Carlton level on 27 minutes after  a montage of fine saves from Viscosi had kept Carlton in the tie as United showed their Premier League class.

The longer the game went however, one sensed frustration creeping in to the visitors game and Carlton grew in belief!

Chief scout Nick Upton had said that if Carlton could weather the early storm, they would get opportunities later on in the game and so it proved.

"Their supporters were a credit to their club and there is little doubt they will go on and play Conference football any time soon" chairman Mick Garton told us after the game.

"But it is nights like this that make all the hard work that we all put in worthwhile, a packed house, a cracking atmosphere and a Carlton win" concluded a delighted chairman.

The draw for the semi finals was made soon after the final whistle and Carlton will again have home advantage when they take on Skelmersdale United who currently sit 2nd in the Evo-Stik Premier league.

The semi final will take place on Wednesday 12th March at Stoke Lane.

All the big after match interviews are on Millers Radio online, with James Morton catching up with manager Les McJannet, man of the match Jonathan Viscosi and goal scoring hero Grant Brindley.

James match report is also now on the match report section of the website. 

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