Grier's Guide to Carshalton Athletic
The match: Carshalton Athletic v Kingstonian, Isthmian League. Monday 10 January, 19:45
The club: Long-standing local rival of Ks, they joined the Isthmian in 1973 and have been there ever since other than a short spell in Conference South. They won the Surrey Senior Cup three times between 1989 and 1992.
The town: Historic village long-since swallowed up by London and now part of the Borough of Sutton. Former Prime Minister John Major was born there.
The ground: War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2PW. A fine ground with cover at both ends and a big, old-school terrace on the far side. It has a 3G pitch.
Directions: A short walk from Carshalton station, reached in around 45 minutes from Kingston with changes at either Wimbledon or Mitcham Junction. The X26 bus runs direct from Kingston to Carshalton High Street via New Malden, taking around 45 minutes. It should take about half an hour by car via any of Stoneleigh, Worcester Park or Morden, with parking available in the streets near the ground.
Tickets: £11 adults / £8 seniors / £3 U18s if bought online at https://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/tickets. It's a pound more on the gate, with only contactless payments accepted, not cash.
Our record there: Our two most recent visits have both ended in draws. Colston Avenue was also the venue for our 5-0 win over Faversham Town in 2016's Alan Turvey Trophy final.
Recent form: A run of four games unbeaten has lifted them to ninth in the league.
Players to watch: There will be plenty of ex-Ks players in action, most notably creative fan favourite Dan Bennett and winger Dan Hector, who scored our first goal in the win at Macclesfield. Left back Jordan Cheadle also had a short spell at Ks.
Crowd: Well-supported club with whom we can sometimes get into contests of who can sing anti-Sutton songs the loudest.
Drinking: Just round the corner from both the station and the ground is The Hope, one of the best pubs of the whole Isthmian season. It's serious about its beer and has won CAMRA's Greater London pub of the year award five times. It's community-owned, has a bar billiards table and does hot pot meals in the evening.
Food: As well as The Hope, The Sun and The Racehorse also do food. There are no restaurants or takeaways in the area though, so if you don't fancy pub food the ground is probably the only option.