Pagham almost end Robins' song in the FA Cup.
By Tony Shea
The Lions went out of the FA Cup to the Robins, but Richie Hellen & Tom Simmonds could be proud of the side, as the scoreline slightly flattered Carshalton.
With the Carshalton programme notes having the Lions promoted to the Bostik league last season, it should have had Pagham on an equal footing. That the Robins were in fact a more senior side gave credit to a battling Lions display. 2-0 up at half time, and Pagham were looking at another cup shock. By the end the higher-league opposition's fitness & speed told as they ran out winners.
It was the Lions who roared first though, Terrell Lewis following his stunning winner against Sittingbourne in the last round. His 5th minute run and shot gave Richard Ossai no chance in Carshalton's goal, to wild celebrations on the Pagham terraces.
This had the Lions with their tails up, both Jamie Horncastle and Scott Murfin with chances to score.
Carshalton then started to exert pressure of their own, man mountain defender Peter Adeniyi's run only just curtailed at the crucial moment.
Danny Dudley's shot on the quarter hour eluded not just James Binfield, but the right hand post as it sailed well wide of the mark. The Robins did seem to have left their shooting boots at home as Kalvin Morath-Gibbs' shot a few minutes later was, if anything, more wayward than anything before.
Goal number two from the Lions came from Callum Overton. A tremendous effort on 19 minutes had the Lions fans dreaming early in the game of another Bostik side coming unstuck against Pagham in the FA Cup.
Carshalton were still looking quicker off the mark though, James Binfield being at his best to deny the threat. A 25th minute free-kick saw Jordan Cheadle swing the ball in for Carshalton only for Joe Booker to head it out to safety.
A few minutes later Josh Phillips had his eye on goal, a shot pinging in for Binfield to ably deal with.
Five minutes of the first half left, and a three-pronged Lions attack had Scott Murfin's long ball to Overton crossing to George Bingham. WIth the shot going over the bar, it was Carshalton who had the last meaningful strike of the half, following a Pagham corner. The ball was swiftly passed to the other end of the pitch and only the reflexes of James Binfield kept a clean sheet for the Lions at the break.
A change for the home side at the start of the second half, Brendan Murphey-McVey being replaced by Raheem-Sterling Parker.
An early corner to the Robins had Phillips heading just over as the ball came into him.
Ryan Davidson was having a good game at the back for Pagham, and his alertness saw him heading another Robins' strike away a few minutes later.
The Robins finally begain to spread their wings with their first goal. Man of the Match Mickel Miller struck his first on 51 minutes, with the Lions rocked back a little.
Hearts in mouths time a few minutes later for the Lions as Terrell Lewis went down. Application of the magic sponge saw him right, and he carried on.
The Robins equalised on 56 minutes, Sterling-Parker striking well beyond Binfield.
George Bingham was the next Lions player needing attention as he went down after a challenge. With the hour approaching Pagham rang the changes, Neil Murfin replacing Ryan Davidson.
A double chance from Michael Campbell went begging for the Robins, and with half an hour to go, whispers were already starting of a replay.
Another great save from James Binfield was followed by a comical dive from Robins' Phillips who was booked by Referee Mr Bloxham.
George Bingham was replaced by Jake Hawker just after the hour mark as the Lions' back line was reshuffled. Scott Murfin went narrowly wide with a 69th minute shot, a few minutes before Carshalton got their third. A well placed free-kick was headed home by Morath-Gibbs to leave the Robins with a slight edge.
They really racked up the pressure, although the Lions weren't finished as the game moved into the final ten minutes. A superb Scott Murfin goal put the score at 3-3, with a replay at Nyetimber Lane on Tuesday looking likely.
A minute later and everything changed. Pagham's defence was breached once more, as Miller scored his second and Carshalton's fourth.
Two substitutions late on ticked off minutes for Carshalton, Campbell & Phillips coming off for Healy & McLaughlin. Miller could have got his hat trick with a minute of normal time to go, clean through on goal, only for his shot to go over the bar. He made sure of the win, and the matchball in time added on with a fine strike to leave the Robins flying into the next round of the cup.
Carshalton; R.Ossai, B.Price, R.Panton, P.Adeniyi, D.Dudley, J.Cheadle, J.Phillips (R.Healey 85), K.Morath-Gibbs, M.Campbell (M.McLaughlin 85), B.Murphey-McVey(R.Sterling-Parker 45), M.Miller; J.Tadafe, L.Phillips, D.Opoku, R.Cave
Pagham; J.Binfield, G.Bingham (J.Hawker 64), J.Kilhams, J.Booker, R.Davidson (N.Murfin 59), J.Horncastle, L.Rowlatt, A.Chick, C.Overton, S.Murfin, T.Lewis(D.Crouch 89); A.Ansa, J.Parkinson, S.Rafferty, L.Terry