Carshalton Athletic seek to stretch an unbeaten league run to eight games as South Park visit Colston Avenue this weekend.
Four wins and three draws have seen the Robins fly up to third in Ryman Division One South, although they still lag nine points behind early pacesetters Dorking Wanderers.
Carshalton’s latest three points came on Monday after they came from behind to beat Faversham Town 2-1, with 20-year old forward Mickel Miller’s double strike taking him to 13 for the season.
And he reckons the togetherness within the dressing room is one reason why Carshalton have had, in the main, such a positive start to this campaign.
“There is a strong belief running through this squad and, like what happened Monday, even if we go 1-0 down in a game we know we can still go on to win it,” Miller said.
“We made a slow start against Faversham, and they sat back for long periods, but Peter (Adeniyi, player/manager) told us to remain patient and keep playing our football because we have got goals in us.”
And that is another reason Carshalton have been in the upper echelons of the league so far – their homegrown strike force.
Miller, Tommy Bradford and Ricky Korboa have all come through the club’s youth system and have scored 44 goals between them this season.
“I personally feel like I’ve been given the freedom to express myself this season and the goals have been coming,” explained Miller.
“Tommy is a born goalscorer – he was out for ages and came back to score four in two games, which shows his talent.
“And Ricky and me have also been meeting for extra training sessions this season to work on things like finishing. The results are there for all to see.”
Carshalton meet South Park again in the Ryman League Cup second round four days after their league encounter, but Miller claims he doesn’t focus on who he is lining-up against too much.
“I just focus on myself and my team as, on our day, we know we can beat anyone in this league. That’s the mindset we’ve built and want to stick to,” he added.
Carshalton Athletic vs South Park is on Saturday 19th November (kick-off 3pm).
Feature image courtesy of Ian Gerrard, with thanks