Promotion Confirmed


A depleted Carlton side put in a spirited performance against second placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce in Barnsley and were unlucky not to gain a share of the spoils with Shaw Lane clearing the ball off the line 3 times in succession towards the end before Kevin Lusamba put the 4th effort over the bar.

Carlton had started the week by securing the signature of former player Luke Smithson and the pacey winger had a late run out in midweek against Gresley.

Smithson was part of the Millers team that first won the Notts senior cup under Les Mcjannet but moved onto Loughborough and then Coalville where he enjoyed playoff success under Tommy Brookbanks.

Smithson fell out of favour in the Premier Division with Coalville and moved to Rugby but manager Wayne Scott has brought him back to Stoke Lane.

Smithson was unavailable for the Shaw Lane clash along with a number of other players and when Romella Nangle pulled out on the morning of the game with illness, manager Wayne Scott knew he was up against it.

The 13 players he did have available did him proud and substitutes Matt Newton and Callum Keane both impressed when coming on in the second half and nearly helped instigate an equaliser.

Danny Gordon had given the Millers a deserved first half lead from the penalty spot after a blatant hand ball in the box, but Shaw Lane scored two goals early in the second half and hit the bar in a dominant spell to take command before the late rally, which should have seen the Millers draw level, but once again it was not to be and the Millers have now lost 7 games this season out of 11, 5 of them by an odd goal and are once again at the bottom end of the table with just 2 wins and 2 draws.

Scott will be hoping that Smithson and a couple more signings he his hoping to complete will make the difference, because there is a genuine feeling at Stoke Lane that Carlton are not far away from being a decent side.

The league table does not lie however and the period between now and Christmas could prove pivotal for the Millers, because a continuing pattern of the current results will once again leave Carlton facing a battle to retain Evostick status, a battle for the 3rd season in a row, they could well do without! 

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