Williams sees honesty in Carshalton defeat to Maidstone United
2:58pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
By James Barrett
Carshalton Athletic manager Tommy Williams said he saw enough during Tuesday night’s defeat against Maidstone United at Colston Avenue to still feel positive about the season ahead.
The Robins more than held their own against one of the sides tipped for promotion from the Ryman Premier, who needed a 86th minute 20-yard half volley to claim a 2-1 victory and deny Carshalton a first positive result of the season.
The reverse comes on the back of Saturday's 4-0 opening day defeat at Wingate & Finchley.
Williams said: “I felt for the lads tonight because they deserved something out of that game.
“After Saturday’s defeat I told them to go out and show people how well we can play.
"They did that but were denied by something special right at the end.”
Returning midfielder Luke Pigden equalised for the Robins on 38 minutes after his positive run from deep saw him collect a loose ball in the box and calmly beat keeper Lee Worgan, but Williams felt his team needs to be doing more of that.
“We lacked a little bit of quality in the final third but that will come with more matches under our belt,” he added.
"Our work ethic impressed me tonight however and that reaffirmed I have an honest bunch of lads that want to do well for this club.”
Carshalton welcome Leiston to Colston Avenue on August 17 (kick off 3pm).
Moving forward: Tommy Bradford plays the ball forward as Robins boss Tommy Williams looks on (all pics: SP78480)
CLEAR! Sean O'Toole clears the Carshalton Athletic lines
Get out of it: Julian Owusu holds off the attentions of some bloke in a Maidstone shirt
Have a go: The Carshalton wall jumps in unison as Maidstone go for goal
Breakaway: Steve Butterworth leads a Carshalton charge up the field
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