Carshalton Athletic put a spring in their step as they got back to winning ways in Kent on Saturday.
The Robins recorded a 2-1 victory at struggling Chatham Town, a result that ended a run of four previous league games without a win while pushing the club back up into the top five of the Ryman South.
Midfielder Jordan Hibbert, a recent recruit from Kingstonian, believes the result has shown Carshalton can win games over and above their free-flowing football style which has won them many plaudits so far this season.
“We showed another side of our game against Chatham. It wasn’t the best footballing performance but we adapted to a bad pitch and went on to get a positive result,” he said.
“This is a tough league, especially as we head towards the winter period, so this result, after the last few disappointments, will do our morale and confidence the world of good.”
Carshalton captain Bobby Price’s 16th minute goal gave his side a half-time lead at The Sports Ground, only for Town’s top scorer Luke Medley to equalise five minutes after the break.
But forward Ricky Korboa powered home his 15th of the season from the penalty spot, after substitute Kingsley Aikhionbare was scythed down in the area with less than 10 minutes to go, to secure Carshalton all three points.
“I thought we should’ve had another one in the first-half too,” Hibbert lamented.
“But we’ve missed so many chances in recent games that maybe it’ll take something like a penalty to help us turn a corner.”
As for Hibbert himself, he explained he had no qualms about dropping down a division to play for Carshalton and player manager Peter Adeniyi.
“I’ve got a great relationship with Peter [the pair played together at Dulwich Hamlet in the past] and he sold me the ethos of the club,” he said.
“He wants to play football in the right way and I’ve joined up with a young, hungry, talented bunch of players.
“If we can apply ourselves then I believe the sky’s the limit and I’m happy to help the team in any way I can.”
Carshalton Athletic next welcome Walton Casuals to Colston Avenue on Monday, October 31 (KO 7.45pm).
Image courtesy of Ian Gerrard, with thanks