Eastwood Town fell to a heavy defeat at Carlton Town on Saturday in this Nottinghamshire derby encounter.
Although the Badgers saw a lot of possession during the game, they were never really earned the right to play football by a hard working Carlton team, who in contrast were then able to expose the Badgers’ soft underbelly at will.
Eastwood gave a debut to goalkeeper Gary Hateley who had signed from Gresley and he produced a fine save to deny Sam MacVicar after only five minutes.
Two minutes later, MacVicar curled his shot just over the bar with Hateley beaten.
Eastwood’s one and only attempt on goal during the first-half came on 11 minutes when a well worked corner saw Tris Whitman volley over Brad Munn’s cross following a corner.
Blair Anderson flashed his shot into the side netting and MacVicar headed Lee Potts’ cross just wide as the Millers dominated the game.
If the first-half had been bad for the Badgers the second-half started disastrously as they shipped three goals in four minutes.
The defence allowed MacVicar far too much time and the big target man drilled his shot into the corner of the net from outside the box to open the scoring in the 52nd minute.
The second came just two minutes later from an Eastwood throw into the Carlton box. The ball was headed clear to the edge of the box and Carlton hit MacVicar again quickly. This time he cut inside and despite the attentions of Gavin Hurren he curled a lovely shot into the corner.
If that wasn’t bad enough, things were about to get even worse for the Badgers as they gave away a soft corner which Hateley failed to collect, allowing former Eastwood player Alex Troke to bundle the ball home from three yards out.
Striker Kieran Wells, who had been well marshalled by the home side, saw a header cleared from in front of goal as the visitors went in search of a way back and Richard Whyman saw his shot flash wide.
However, as usually happens when you are pushing forward, gaps appeared at the back.
In the 87th minute Carlton found themselves with the numerical advantage and although Josh Raven was able to block Blair Anderson’s shot, it rebounded straight to Jordan Viluns who lashed in the fourth goal.
Saturday, September 21, 2013:
Carlton: 1 Martin Kearney 2 Blair Anderson 3 Dan Fletcher (Billy Bennett 75) 4 Alex Troke 5 Lee Torr 6 Martin Ball 7 Josh Thornton 8 Danny Elliott 9 Sam MacVicar (Luke Smithson 70) 10 Ben Flynn 11 Lee Potts (c) (Luke Viluns 65). Subs not used: Grant Brindley
Eastwood: 1 Gary Hateley 2 Josh Raven 3 Paul Riley 4 Gavin Hurren (c) 5 Sam Craven 6 Rich Whyman 7 Greg Simmons (Tyrone Kirk 56) 8 Ash Robinson (Liam Garner 60) 9 Kieran Wells 10 Tris Whitman (Shannon Grant 63) 11 Brad Munn. Subs not used: Tyrone Burton, Alex Malong
Att: 200 Ref: Darren Russell
Best Badger: Rich Whyman
By Andy Cope