Promotion Confirmed


A decent crowd of 142 saw Carlton Town go down 2-0 to Loughborough Dynamo in Paul Sheltons memorial game at Stoke Lane this afternoon.

Loughborough took an early lead through a fine worked goal well finished by Tolani Omotola but Carlton were having their moments and were very much in the game until a moment which changed everything.

Reece Bertram had been immense for Carlton in last weeks away win at Spalding, but his red card with only a quarter of the game completed changed everything for The Millers.

Bertrams challenge was high but he made contact with the Ball and the player and most Millers fans expected a yellow card but the opposition players clambered for the referee to show a red card and he obliged.

People can make their own judgements when the footage is uploaded to Millers Tv, but what it did do was present Carlton with an uphill battle against an impressive Loughborough outfit, much improved this season and batting in the top half of the table.

Carlton worked hard and kept themselves in the game taking the game to Loughborough, but poor decision making in the final 3rd cost them dear today with one or two eratic shots from long distance from individuals but then other instances were over indulging on the Ball in the penalty area gave Loughborough time to close the door, the second goal, a header from Jack Andrews following a corner killed Carlton off.

Shelts ashes were laid to rest by his family behind the goal after the final whistle, following an excellent and emotional address from club President Roger Smith.

Credit must go to Programme Editor Daniel Lord for a superb tribute programme and a big thankyou to every one who contributed and ensured his family were able to give him the send off he deserved.

The turnout once again was excellent with former players Grant Brindley, Kallum Keane and Martin Ball among those coming to say goodbye to Shelts, Carlton did not get the result Shelts would have wanted, but somehow he would have understood the outcome, that is football he would have said, we move onto the next game!

Shelts will play his next game with Bill Stokeld and Chuck Fowler and this website understands the club are planning a lasting legacy for a fine man who devoted 40 years of his life to the club he loved, we will all miss him so much !

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