At first glance, this will look like a comprehensive victory for Carlton, as they kept their 100% win rate intact, however Wetherby played almost sixty minutes of this game with only nine men due to injury and absentees.
Carlton opened the scoring in the fifth minute against ten man Wetherby when a shot from the right hand side was well saved by Mike Recchia, but the rebound fell kindly to the Carlton player, who shot high into the empty net.
Wetherby battled hard to get the ball back up the pitch and some nice interplay between Jonny Brown and Josh Wilson afforded the Tangerines half a chance, which in the end was cleared.
Jonny Brown tries to get the ball.
The visitors were pressing well and doubled their lead in the 19th minute when a ball down the middle of the pitch was flicked over to the left hand side of the area and Carlton’s player made no mistake with his shot.
Wetherby were reduced to nine men in the 23rd minute when Josh Forster fell awkwardly after a challenge. With no substitutes to bring on, it was going to be a long 65 minutes for the home team!
Despite being down in numbers, Wetherby still showed fighting spirit and Josh Wilson was only inches from being able to break free, but a great covering tackle robbed him of the ball at the vital moment.
The second half saw Carlton increase their lead in the 51st minute when their player was clipped from behind as he strode into the area. Recchia was sent the wrong way from the spot and it was 3-0 to Carlton.
The visitor’s fourth goal came in the 63rd minute when a cross from the right was steered past Recchia.
Mike Recchia tries to stop Carlton's from scoring.
Four became five in the 72nd minute when Carlton’s player controlled a high ball before shooting low under the advancing Recchia.
Arran Horton goes past a Carlton player.
Despite the growing scoreline, Wetherby still battled on and half chances fell to Arran Horton, Joe Whiteley and Wilson, however none of them could be converted.
Joe Whiteley nearly scored with a header late on.
Carlton increased their lead again in the 76th minute when an unmarked player rose and headed a free kick home from six yards out.
With the game in the final five minutes, Carlton added two more. The first was a strong header from a deep cross that left Recchia with little chance of saving it, whilst the final goal was a well hit chip from distance over the retreating Wetherby keeper.
Despite the heavy defeat, the ten players that took part can be proud of their battling spirit. They never let their heads drop and kept on preserving to the end.
Next week, we welcome Robin Hood Athletic to The Ings.