Both teams went with a mix of first team and reserves, but on paper the Carlton team looked the stronger of the two - you would expect Kitchen, Clarke, Grayson, Hall, Thornton, Fletcher and Gardner all to start against Matlock on Saturday. Rainworth welcomed back Barry Alberry - "Baz" has retired from the game on more than one occasion !!
The teams cancelled each other out for most of the first half, and the trusty notepad stayed in my pocket. There were a few chances, but none to get the pulse racing. H-T 0-0
Carlton started the second period at a much quicker pace, and were ahead on 52 when CURTIS SHAW received the ball in the Rainworth box and stepped neatly around a defender before slotting past keeper Sam Dobbs.
Rainworth looked a little lightweight up front, and rarely troubled Danny Marshall in the Millers goal. Ashley Kitchen was a rock in the centre of the Carlton defence, and with Nick Hall controlling the midfield, there was not a lot Rainworth could do to break the visitors down. The only surprise was that it took until the 87th minute for Carlton to make the tie secure - this time ALEX TROUGHTON side-footing home after the ball was played into the area from the left. CURTIS SHAW added the Millers third in the 4th minute of added time, a fierce drive from 20+ yards that gave Dobbs no chance . F-T 0-3
Admission £6.00 ( disappointed to pay so much for a Presidents Cup game)
Programme £1.00 ( inc team sheet)
Next up - Sutton Tn AFC v Blidworth Welfare