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Carlton came away from Romulus with a point but it felt like a defeat given chances missed and some big calls by the match officials going against them.

Carlton started brightly and Captain Kieran Walker (pictured) gave them a deserved early lead with a bullet header from a Danny Gordon corner, Gordon then hit the post with a free kick before Bills in the Romulus goal made a superb save from a thunderous Alex Troke header.

Romulus had a good spell of possession too with Jordan Francis missing a glorious opportunity just before the the interval, but Carlton marshalled by the excellent Walker and Gorman at the back held firm and Carlton went into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead. 

William Mellors-Blair and Niall Davey were causing problems for the home side with some powerful runs and when Mellors-Blair was tripped early in the second half, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Alex Troke stepped up to take the penalty but then the Referee after consulting his assistant changed his mind and awarded a free kick on the edge of the area.

The free kick came to nothing and if Carlton were seething with that decision, the next one that went against them indirectly left Danny Gordon exasperated.

Mellors-Blair was tripped again but managed to play in Gordon who was through on goal but the official pulled Carlton back and awarded them a free kick and booked the offending Romulus defender.

The away fans felt the official should have played the advantage and booked the lad afterwards, alas it was not to be and just to rub salt into the wombs, Romulus were then awarded a controversial penalty which Nathan Waite tucked into the corner sending Steggles the wrong way.

Goalkeeper Jack Steggles told us, " That should not have been a penalty, it was a bad decision but in fairness, I thought they could have one later which was turned down"

Much as Carlton can argue they were on the negative side of some big calls, they missed chances to and Alex Troke was perhaps the biggest culprit in the second half when he failed to make proper contact with a guilt edged chance and put it wide.

Carlton were then reliant on an outstanding save from Jack Steggles late on but there were further setbacks for Wayne Scotts Millers with the impressive Daniel Fletcher getting his second yellow card at the death to put Carlton down to ten men and with Eddie Schoenecker limping off late on to, Scott will probably have to make changes for next weeks difficult home game against inform Leek Town who are now 3rd in Evostick Division One South after a fantastic run of results.

Carlton have had a fair run themselves, losing just one of their last 9 games and in fairness this was a good point, but it felt more like two points that had got away!

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