NEW SIGNING FOR MILLERS BUT REALITY HITS HOME AFTER ANOTHER HOME DEFEAT!
Carlton Town are now in a real battle to pull out of the bottom four after another home defeat, this time against Shildon at Stoke Lane.
The afternoon had started in positive fashion with the announcement of new signing Lamin Manneh from Dunkirk, a talented youngster who has come through their Academy. Much to go with the luck Carlton are having this season however, the young attacking Midfielder got injured in his first training session at Stoke Lane and was unable to make his anticipated debut.
Lamin is pictured with Tommy and Mark and President Roger Smith before the Shildon fixture.
Tommy and Mark spoke to us before lthe game and said they would like to thank Dunkirk for letting the move go through quickly and Pass Move Grin Fc for their work in his development which has seen him move from step 7 to step 4 in a short space of time.
On the pitch, Carlton were in need of a long awaited league home win, but it wasn’t to be once again and when Tommy Brookbanks spoke to Carlton Town Tv after the game, he accepted the Millers were now in a relegation battle in what he described as a really tough league week in and week out.
Tommy rightly pointed out that nobody is relegated with 16 games still to go, but the Joint manager who is used to challenging at the top end of the table in a highly successful management career admitted the team have lost the winning mentality and despite at least matching the opposition today in terms of possession and chances, Carlton once again failed to score, hitting the bar and seeing 2 other great late chances go begging, while Shildon scored twice despite not otherwise forcing Mikey to make any serious saves in another frustrating afternoon at Stoke Lane. The Miilers drop to 19th following this latest painfull defeat.
The fact Shildon’s first goal was a fluke own goal from Carlton’s best player Dan Brown pretty much summed up the afternoon.
When Carlton appealed their move to the Northern Premier East League, one of the points made was that because of the travelling distance, away fans would not travel in numbers to Nottingham. That point was highlighted today with only a handful of away fans present in the crowd of 124, this is not a criticism of Shildon, purely the distance fans have to travel to come to Carlton in this league, those that did come were a credit to Shildon and congratulations indeed to the opposition for an important win which followed up their midweek success against Grantham Town.
Carlton now have to lift themselves for the Semi Final of the Notts Senior Cup away at Mansfield Town Under 23s on Tuesday, the stags despite losing to Carlton in last years Final are going all out to win the Trophy this time round, defeating Notts County 6-1 in the quarter Final and another huge test awaits the Millers in a season that after last season’s success has not to date gone to plan.
Tommy believes that in adversity, everyone needs at this crucial time to stick together and it is a view shared by Chairman Mick Garton and other key figures at the club, but Tommy also admitted that results need to change pretty quickly if the Millers are to avoid their first relegation for many a long day.
Tommy was frank and accepted the challenge Carlton face when he spoke to Carlton Town Tv after the 2-0 defeat.