It was a case of double delight for on-loan Carshalton Athletic goalkeeper Joe Tupper on Saturday as the Robins earned three valuable points in their continued hunt for promotion.
Carshalton Athletic travelled to rivals Corinthian Casuals on Saturday and broke an almost decade-long hoodoo by winning 2-0 at King George’s Field, moving the club up to fourth in the Ryman Division One South in the process.
And Tupper is keen to remain a part of that charge as he also agreed to extend his loan from Championship club Reading until the end of the season.
“Casuals are also high up the league so we knew we had to defend well and take our chances when they came,” said the 19-year-old shot stopper.
“We maybe could’ve scored a couple more but overall I’d say we put on a professional performance.”
The Robins took a fifth-minute lead on Saturday as defender Kalvin Morath-Gibbs rifled home a knocked-down cross from eight yards.
Things got even better just 10 minutes later as Casuals defender Juevan Spencer was dismissed for bundling over Mickel Miller inside the box and Carshalton captain Paris Hamilton-Downes blasted home the spot-kick.
And, aside from a couple of moments during the second half that forced the young goalkeeper into making good saves, Tupper endured a pretty comfortable afternoon from that moment on.
“You do need to remain switched on at all times as a keeper however,” he added.
“I dealt with the ball at my feet a lot during the game, but both Carshalton and Reading like to play out from the back so I’m used to it and also continuing to improve.
“I’ve been made to feel really welcome at Carshalton so I was delighted to sign on until the end of the season and hopefully we’ll still be in fighting for promotion.”
Next up for Carshalton Athletic is a home game against Horsham on Saturday, February 4 (KO 3pm).
Featured image courtesy of Ian Gerrard, with thanks