THRILLS AND SPILLS AT MANSFIELD BUT A DAMAGING DEFEAT FOR MILLERS!
Football on Boxing Day is one of the highlights for fans of all clubs at whatever level of the game and it is a great and cherished British tradition.
There were lots of goals all over the country, from the highest level to Non League, goals were flying in and Jeff Stelling on Soccer Saturday hardly stopped for breath on an unbelievable afternoon.
Carlton, although not featuring on Soccer Saturday were part of that story but alas, although scoring 3 goals away from home in front of decent away support, they went down 4-3 to bottom of the table AFC Mansfield in a hotly contested local Derby and are now themselves only 2 points off that bottom spot.
Things started badly for Carlton with Mansfield taking an early lead but were soon level as Ben Hutchinson (pictured) scored from the spot. The impressive Kylie Stovell then gave Carlton the lead going into the interval.
In the second half , Carlton conceded a needless free kick on the edge of their own area and although that in itself came to nothing, Carlton were unable to properly clear and from a resulting corner they conceded a soft penalty and Laciofano made no mistake firing past Jack Steggles.
Afc Mansfield were now on top and got the upper hand in midfield and with Carlton defending nervously, the home team opened them up far too easily and Olly Fearon put the home side 3-2 up.
Back came Carlton and from a long throw from substitute Kieran Walker , they themselves were awarded a penalty and Ben Hutchinson made no mistake from the spot once again.
Carlton however are no strangers to suffering injury time heartache and once again their failure to clear their lines cost them as Fearon scored a scrappy late winner that seemed to deflect past Jack Steggles.
Afc Mansfield celebrated knowing, not only had they given themselves a chance of moving off the bottom of the table, but also aware they had firmly dragged Carlton into the bottom of the table mix.
Carlton had contributed to the national Boxing Day entertainment with 3 goals away from home, but make no mistake, the result was a damaging one and leaves the Millers with much to do as they enter 2019 and a tough New Years Day clash with inform Loughborough Dynamo who themselves beat Gresley 4-1 in another Boxing Day goal fest.