Promotion Confirmed


Carlton Town secured their second local Derby victory of the season against neighbours Basford United who are challenging for the playoffs and although the recent league cup win at Stoke Lane was pleasing, this victory could hopefully prove a turning pont in what has been a highly frustrating season to date for The Millers,  in a game that saw these two clubs meet in the league for the first time since 1994/95.

Jason Law was in the crowd supporting his ex team mates, following his move to Mansfield Town and he was has overjoyed as anyone when Romaine Graham (pictured) connected for the winner in the 95th minute after substitute Danny Gordon had equalised in the 92nd minute following a massive goal mouth scramble.

Carlton have made a habit of conceding late goals of late as reported on this website, but finally found the knack of scoring not one, but two goals in injury time at Greenwich Avenue in front of a bumper Boxing Day crowd of 209.

Carlton had a decent away following including the family of former Miller Alex Troke who came along to show their support and will be hoping for a decent turnout on their bank holiday home game when they take on Daventry Town on Monday at Stoke Lane 3pm.

There were many positives for Carlton including the performance of Goalkeeper Jack Steggles who made certain, Basford went in at the break only 1-0 up through an excellent chip from former Miller Blair Anderson.

Wiggins Thomas had also hit the bar but Carlton also had their first half chances with Romaine Graham a constant threat and if Basford shaded the first half, Carlton dominated the second but could not find a way past Basfords excellent young keeper Jake Wood.

Marshall had a fine game for Carlton in trying to limit the threat of Wiggins-Thomas and Josh Rae was excellent in midfield with Matt Newton also playing his part in the second half with his excellent energy levels and alonsige Howell, they took control of the centre of the pitch.

Young Niall Davey was a constant threat and when Gordon came off the bench late on, he provided the finish to finally unlock the Basford door before the excellent Graham got the late winner.

Carlton remain in the bottom two after Loughboroughs win against Goole and Carlton still have much to do in the coming weeks if they are to pull away from the relegation zone, but for now the bragging rights locally will mean a lot to a group of players who have suffered so much late pain in recent weeks.

Interviews with manager Wayne Scott and Winning goal scorer Romaine Graham are on Millers Radio and the thrilling highlights showing a number of chances at both ends, plus the goals can be found on Basford TV.

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