Promotion Confirmed


Carlton Town produced one of the greatest victories in the clubs 113 year history to beat Basford United 4-1 in the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup Final at Meadow Lane in front of a crowd of 512.

Carlton had won the trophy twice before in 2013 when they beat Sutton under Les Mcjannet and Mark Clarke and again in 2014 under Les Mcjannet and Iain McCulloch when they defeated Rainworth at Hucknall Town.

This win however on paper probably triumphed even those 2 great wins given the quality of the opposition.

Basford United are major players at Evostick level missing out on the playoffs only because of a 3 point deduction and for Carlton to win this game 4-1 is a massive credit to the Players and Management of the club.

Press officer Josh Hodgson thought Carltons name was on the trophy after the quarter final win over Sherwood when Carlton really should have gone out.

The support for the Millers at the final was outstanding and it did not go unnoticed that Dennis was back in the fold passionately playing his drum throughout the 90 minutes.

Basford dominated the early stages of the game but Carlton defended for their lives and Mellors Blair hit the post after a great counter offensive.

Hooton gave Carlton the lead after more good work from Mellors Blair but Basford struck back with a Hutchinson penalty before Carlton hit the woodwork again this time through Hooton before a decisive moment in the game on the stroke of half time.

Danny Elliot, does he ever score?, not so much! Well he did today and what a turn and finish, 2-1 to the Millers going into the break.

The second started pretty much like the first half with Basford on top, but clear cut chances were few and far between and it was Carlton who extended their lead after Basford had a goal ruled out for offside and also hit the woodwork themselves.

Hooton went down in a clash with the Basford goalkeeper Saul Deeney and their were loud appeals for a penalty, but the referee waved play on and the excellent Mellors- Blair swooped on the loose ball and curled a superb finish into the top corner.

Basford continued to press with a good corner and free kick count in some decent positions but it was that man Aaron Hooton who was to have the final say with another one on one finish to put the game to bed.

It was a case of drinks all round as Chairman Mick Garton, Vice Chairman Paul King and President Roger Smith got out their wallets in salute of an outstanding win and without doubt one of the biggest in the clubs history.

Basford were gracious in defeat but will be disapointed to finish their season the way they have, for Carlton staying up to fight again and hopefully be pushing higher up the league next season is an obvious aim, but for now, the Millers can sit back enjoy a well deserved beer or two and look forward to their presentation night on Friday 19th May knowing that they are the Notts senior cup winners for 2017.

Arron Hooton (pictured) was a well deserved Notts FA Man of the match, since re joining the club, he has certainly delivered on the big stage, he was also man of the match in Carltons last final win in this competition and for the record Alex Troke has played in all 3 wins for the Millers in this competition , some record indeed!

Thoughts and praise should also go out to youngster Niall Davey who failed a fitness test just before the kick off, but has played his part indeed in Wayne Scotts journey this season.

Former manager Les Mcjannet and former Captain Martin Ball were both in touch with the club at the final whistle to give their congratulations and their sentiments and support are very much appreciated, while former assistant manager at both clubs Mark Clarke who was in the crowd made a point of offering congratulations to the Millers Chairman and senior officials.

In the bigger picture , Carlton are well aware that Basford will be major beasts in the league again next season and with Ilkeston coming down to and reported to be on the verge of a takeover and with new investment, Carlton will have to continue to work hard to dine at the captains table, one thing they will do however is enjoy this well deserved victory because make no mistake , this ranks up there with the Garforth victory all those years ago!

Interviews and Notts non league highlights will follow in the coming days! 

The club thanks everyone who was at Meadow Lane for their superb support! 

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