A quick-fire brace from Jordan Smith saw Carlton Town beat Staveley Miners Welfare 2-1 on Saturday in a pre-season friendly.
Smith struck twice within a couple of minutes early in the second half and although Jon Froggatt pulled a goal back for the visitors it wasn’t enough in an entertaining friendly.
Staveley created the first real chance when Toby Randall made an excellent save from Froggatt on 10 minutes, pushing his close range shot onto the post following a cross from Myron Gibbons.
At the other end Kamani Wilson looked set to score from a Smith cross but Rio Alberry made an excellent save of his own.
Smith then headed just wide from a Patrick Quinn free kick whilst at the other end Charlie Oglesby went close with a header.
Brad Jones went close to scoring for the visitors just before the break but his cross-shot went just wide.
The Millers opened the scoring on 56 minutes. Smith won the ball in the area, stepped inside his man and fired into the corner of the net.
Two minutes later he doubled the lead. Wilson broke into the area and when his shot was saved Smith controlled the loose ball and rifled home.
Staveley increased the intensity in the closing 15 minutes and Froggatt headed home on 78 minutes to reduce the arrears. But Randall made a couple of excellent saves late on to secure the win.
Carlton Town: Randall, Sturgess (Cochrane 46), Quinn, Fletcher, Brown, Mabonga (Deft 73), Whitten, Bako (Shaw 60), J Smith, Wilson, Deft (Graham 46).
Goals: J Smith 56, 58; [i]J Froggatt 78[/i]