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January 2, 2023


Monday 2nd January, a bank holiday local Derby v Long Eaton United and not a moment to catch your breath in front of a bumper crowd of 469.

Despite a dramatic injury time equaliser for the Millers which made the draw feel like a victory, the news came through as everyone was leaving the ground that Niall Davey who had been taken to hospital following what Tommy Brookbanks described as a poor challenge from former Miller Riece Bertram which had resulted in a yellow card for the Long Eaton man had a broken leg.

Supporters Sam who had travelled down from Manchester and Graham who were both in direct line with the high tackle immeadiatly called for a red card for the challenge which caused a lengthy delay, before Niall was stretchered  off and taken to hospital by Wally.

The former Miller got a fair bit of stick onwards from the Carlton faithful who were there in significant numbers. Davie had been Carlton’s best player on the day and in the Boxing Day defeat to Worksop Town and his injury will hit the team hard, particularly given the position the Millers are currently in.

Carlton Town’s Nat Watson and Long Eaton’s Jamie McGuire had already received red cards for an early altercation and referee Martin Fryer regularly flashed yellow cards throughout the game.

Long Eaton’s young keeper on loan from Mansfield Town had kept them in the game early on with two brilliant saves , one from Davie and before that from Brad Wells, but it was another former Miller Jamie Walker who put Long Eaton ahead against the run of play, with a sweet left footed finish after Carlton had failed to clear from a corner during first half injury time.

The second half saw more yellow cards, chances at both ends with Carlton hitting the crossbar and Mike Emery making a couple of excellent saves to keep Carlton in with a shout.

The board flashed up 8 added minutes of stoppage time and after a fine run by the impressive Niall Hilton, Alex Howes was fouled at the far post and Goalkeeper Mike Emery stepped up to stroke home the resulting penalty, much to the joy of the Carlton fans congregated behind the goal.

Carlton Town Tv were there to capture the thoughts of Tommy Brookbanks, all be it before the extent of the injury to Niall was revealed, Goalkeeping and goalscoring hero Mike Emery and Carlton Town Tv camera man Boatsy caught his first big goal of 2023, he has a habit of doing this in the sweetest moments, as his son Charlie will vouch for following his goal as a goalkeeper in 2022 which went viral and then some !

It was great to score a late equaliser in the most eventful of local Derby’s but our thoughts tonight are with Niall Davey and everyone associated with the club is praying for a speedy recovery for one of the club’s most popular players.

The first link below shows the penalty before the two interviews below that.





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