Promotion Confirmed


A ruthless display by a very good side would probably be the best way to describe Shaw Lane Aquaforces 5-1 victory at a muddy Stoke Lane.

It was Carltons worst defeat under manager Wayne Scott and one feared the worst for the Milers when Scott revealed before kick off that his side would be without last years players of the year Danny Gordon (injured) and man of the match in the last home game Josh Rae (illness).

These pre match blows came on top of the news Alex Troke had returned to Coalville and of course Carlton are still without their prolific striker Aaron Hooton for the foreseeable future.

The loss of Hooton who had scored 9 goals in 7 games since rejoining the club has hit Carlton hard and the loss of the other players against high flying Shaw Lane was certainly something they could have done without.

It would be harsh indeed however to take any thing away from the ruthless Shaw Lane boys who were deadly in front of goal with five different players converting chances with some class.

Lugsden, Byrne, Harris, Allott and Burnett were the men who put Carlton to the sword in front of goal with Captain Kieran Walker getting Carltons consolation.

Carlton had other chances to and despite the scorline, had a fair share of possession but Shaw Lane are not top of the league by accident !

The one massive positive for Carlton today was the school partnership which saw Carltons usual gate doubled to 190 with guests from Porchester Junior team coming out in force.

The school provided mascots, ball boys and girls and the club did their very best for the school to make it a special day for them and feedback from School partnership chief Julian Wilson was highly encouraging after he contacted Millers Chairman Mick Garton after the game.

Hopefully the next time Carlton team up with Porchester, they will not be coming up against such an unstoppable force and will be in the game as it were, because realistically on this occasion they were not, but it was one of those occasions when credit should be given to the opposition rather than blame pointed too harshly at the Millers, that said there were some disappointing aspects about some of the goals conceded and manager Wayne Scott has work to do to get the Millers back on track again.

Shaw Lane are 6 points clear at the top with 3 games in hand on second placed Spalding and looked destined for the title and promotion to the Evostick Premiere League, while Carlton remain in a 4 way battle to avoid relegation with the teams above them pulling away to create a 7 point gap, with 5th bottom Lincoln United also having 3 games in hand on the Millers.

Carlton travel to Kidsgrove next Saturday while the academy side are away to Hallam FC next Thursday 2nd February.



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