Isthmian League

Match Preview | Carshalton Athletic (A)

Whitehawk return to league action for the first time in a fortnight when they travel to Carshalton Athletic in a mid-table battle.

Coming off the back of a difficult defeat in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, Hythe Town proved a step too far as they claimed a 3-2 win in questionable conditions to set up a Fourth Round tie with Chorley.

And so Shaun Saunders and his team will be looking to shake off those midweek blues with a replenished performance against a side that has found things a little tough in recent weeks.

The Opposition

A side that just over a month ago sat inside the play-off places, Peter Adeniyi’s side have since slipped down to 10th with five of their previous six league matches ending in defeat, and just two wins in all competitions since September 23.

But they still sit above the Hawks, with promotion still very much a possibility as the league intensifies over this Christmas period.

Victory in their previous match at Margate will have shook off some pressure, as The Robins hope that will be the game that will turn the corner in a season that already has seen their best and worst sides.

One to Watch | Oluwabunmi Babajide

The Robins’ leading goalscorer in the league this season, ‘Bunmi’ has started life well at his new club after joining from Egham Town in the summer.

Bunmi is described as a winger, but we’ve also seen him described as a centre forward, so perhaps he’s rather versatile. He came through the ranks at Queens Park Rangers, and has also played for Millwall and Colchester United.

In the early part of last season he was with Corinthian-Casuals, making eight appearances and scoring in defeat against Aveley. He also spent time at Waltham Abbey last season.

Recent Form – LLLLW

9/12 | Margate (A) | Won 1-0

2/12 | Cheshunt (H) | Lost 4-1

28/11 | Billericay Town (A) | Lost 2-0

25/11 | Wingate & Finchley (H) | Lost 3-2

21/11 | Hastings United (A) | Lost 4-0

Previous Meetings

The two sides last locked horns in the 2018/19 season, where goals from Nathaniel Pinney and Sinn’kaye Christie earned a 2-2 draw on a windy, biting day at The Enclosed Ground.

In the reverse fixture, Carshalton cruised to a 2-0. Prior to this, the clubs were in the same league in the 2012/13 campaign, where Whitehawk completed a Ryman Premier double, with a 2-0 and 1-0 win to help propel the Hawks to National League South.

How to Follow

If you can’t make it to the southern part of the capital today, you can follow the action via our X (Twitter) channel, which can be found here.


Tickets can be bought at Carshalton at the turnstiles for an additional fee of £1, or you can buy online for the following prices:

Adults: £11

Concessions: £8

Under 18s: £5

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