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Town Tan Carlton in cup tie
12:43pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Carlton Athletic 1 Otley Town 2
Otley Town had a welcome break from their recent travails in the West Yorkshire League as they travelled to Carlton Athletic in the County Cup.
The first half was largely uneventful in terms of goalscoring opportunities, although Town goal- keeper Chris Page did well to save smartly with his legs in the first five minutes from an onrushing Carlton forward.
Town struggled to create any thing of note, playing uphill on a poor surface, and were happy to go in at half-time without conceding.
In the second period, both teams noticeably upped the tempo. From a Town perspective, winger Tristan Holdsworth began to exert an increasing influence with his pace and trickery, although goalscoring opportunities were still hard to come by for Town strikers James Todd and Josh Waite.
The home side were threatening periodically and Town were indebted to solid performances from centre backs James Davey and Joe Currie.
Page was also quick off his line to snuff out potential threats to his goal on more than one occasion.
Unfortunately Town were then disrupted by injuries to left back Harry Higgins and captain Robbie Carr in midfield.
They were replaced by Scott Cater and the quicksilver young forward Marcus Tan. It was during this period of reshuffling that Town fell behind.
Carlton's right winger wriggled his way into the box before squaring for one of his strikers to apply the simplest of finishes with barely ten minutes to play.
No-one in the Town camp could have predicted what happened next.
Two goals in two minutes turned the game on its head, both coming from Tan who sprung the Carlton offside trap to race onto through balls and coolly slot home.
There was though still time for one last scare when a long diagonal ball caught Town napping and a powerful header from the Carlton player was only narrowly wide of the target.
This Saturday Town are back in league action with an away game at East End Park (2:30pm).
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