Carshalton Athletic 1
Bunmi Babajide 90
Andre Godfrinne 12
Nathaniel Orafu 15
Vas Vasiliou 62, 85
Cheshunt had keeper Joe Rose to thank for keping Carshalton out in the first minute, and his team mates took full advantage going 2-0 up in the first quarter. Andre Godfrinne kept calm sidestepped the defence and picked his spot when errors in the home defence presented a gift at his feet. Three minutes later Nathaniel Orafu set his sights and let fly with a trademark twenty five yard strike for the second. Carshalton captain Tom Beere and winger Mark Marshall tried to drag their team back into the game, but the Carshalton forwards were wasteful when opportunities arose.
Either side of half time Carshalton had plenty of possession & played good football in the Cheshunt half, but shots went wide & when occasionally on target Joe Rose was more than equal to them and saved well.
On the hour a cross field ball from left to right found Cheshunt wide man Vas Vasiliou in acres of space appearing to be standing alone in a field, the Carshalton left back on walkabout ( or had he gone for one of Sol Baugh’s hotdogs?) Vasiliou had time to control and strike a shot across home keeper Aaron Jones (on debut) for three. Sol Baugh on the left had tormented the Carshalton defence all match & was supplying testing balls into the box regularly, Nathaniel Orafu nearly benefitted again, but his shot was initially well saved by Jones, but he was helpless as Vasiliou struck the post with the rebound. Further reward for Cheshunt came with five to go as a Baugh, Orafu, & Vasiliou combined to allow the wide man step on to a lay off and stroke home the fourth goal.
Carshalton did score a consolation as a tired defence stood off Bunmi Babajide & he struck a shot wide of Rose in the dying moments, but Cheshunt were good value for the win, moving forward at pace, converting their chances, and standing firm at the back.
Carshalton created, but will need to polish their finishing to break their current five loss run.