Promotion Confirmed


Carlton Town officials and spectators left the Bill Stokeld Stadium frustrated at the inability of their players to put the ball in the net once again despite creating numerous chances, but equally miffed at some big calls by match officials which on each occasion went against the home side in the local derby with Belper Town at Stoke Lane.

Carlton felt they should have had a penalty in the first minute when Romaine Graham was pulled back in the box but nothing was given, however it was the decision on 44 minutes that incensed the home supporters.

Former Striker Rubén Wiggins-Thomas chased down a loose ball in the box ,Stegs made himself big and Rickford also tried to get a block on the ball which cleared the crossbar as the three players came together.

Belper appealed for a penalty while the Carlton players claimed for a foul by Wiggins-Thomas, but the referee gave nothing and the assistant indicated for a corner but after pressure from the Belper players, the referee and assistant spoke and decided it was a penalty.

Steadman then gave Belper a half time lead from the spot leaving manager Wayne Scott and his coaching staff and players furious, Rickford was also booked.

In the second period, Carlton once again had their chances but there were more moments of controversy that went against the home side, one saw Niall Davey fire in a late shot which was clearly stopped by a defenders hands, but despite Davey and his team mates protests, the referee waved play on and at that point everyone knew, it was not to be the Millers day, Carlton had earlier had another appeal for a spot kick turned down after Palmer appeared to pull back Rickford.

Both Graham and Davey confirmed at the end, they both should have had penaltys and Rickford was adamant he had committed no foul but unfortunately for them, the match officials saw it differently.

One positive for Carlton was the performance of young centre half Jordan Knight in for the unavailable Kieran Walker and Carlton drew praise from former manager Les McJannet (pictured) who was a guest of Msr Newsgroup.

"There was a big improvement from what I saw from last season and the players gave everything to be fair, but they have been undone by poor finishing and bad decisions going against them, but if I was Wayne, I would be pleased with the effort and attitude and hopefully better things will follow" said the former double Nottinghamshire senior cup winning manager.

Murray Hayes warned Carlton after the FA Cup defeat to Lincoln United that they would be made to pay and face another relegation battle unless they started taking their chances, they are words that should be heeded because despite Carltond disappointment at decisions going against them, it has to be said that the game should have been out of sight if Carlton had converted their early chances and that at the end of the day is down to the Millers themselves and nobody else!


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