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Carlton Town were left in deep relegation trouble after another painful defeat at Stoke Lane and have now lost 4 games in succession, but it was events off the pitch that left a sour taste in the mouth.

Some young Sheffield fans opened a fire exit to gain free entry to the ground and it was reported that some also brought their own alcohol into the stadium, when a flare was set off during the first half, the referee asked Carlton officials to deal with the situation, Police arrived at the Stadium and things settled down somewhat in the second half but a further flare was let off in front of a steward at the final whistle who got slightly burnt at the end trying to deal with the situation.

It was unpleasant, unexpected and totally unacceptable and is the first time Carlton have ever had to call police to the stadium during a match.  

On the pitch, Carltons miserable run continued with more shocking defending, while chances went begging at the other end as usual, Carlton missed a good chance before gifting the opposition a goal and then the game followed a familiar pattern.

Danny Gordon got the Millers back into it with a fine free kick, before Sheffield raced into a 3-1 half time lead with goals from Patrick Lindley and a second from Connor Hall who had got their opener.

In fairness to Carlton, they were much improved in the second half and it said everything that returning substitute Kyle Stovell was voted man of the match, with a significant number of votes to pip Danny Gordon.

Carlton thought they had a lifeline late on when Sheffields keeper punched a corner into his own net and Carltons players were further frustrated and bemused when the referee disallowed it, Romella Nangle was booked for his protests.

That moment pretty much summed up the evening, Carlton are in real trouble, becoming increasingly isolated with Rugby towards the bottom of the table and manager Wayne Scott will clearly need to make changes quickly after this latest defeat, make no mistake about that!

The two positives were the performance of the lively and skilful Stovell and the fact Carlton never gave up.

For Sheffields part, they were clinical and ruthless in the first half with Mansfield Town Loanee Corbin Shires particularly impressive, a section of their supporters however let them down badly tonight and it is something they need urgently to address, because people do not come to non league grounds to experience what they experienced this evening, it was particularly disappointing given the fact the clubs have always had a decent relationship and it was totally and utterly unexpected!

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