Corinthian-Casuals Assistant Manager Dan Pringle put his side’s 4-2 loss down to “a mad ten minutes” after Carshalton scored three times in quick succession to inflict Casuals’ first home defeat of the season.

Corinth started the brighter of the two sides and were ahead on Danny Cunningham latched onto a Reyon Dillon cross to head home from ten yards.

A Jack Strange foul at the end of the first period saw Jordan Cheadle level from the penalty spot.

Mickel Miller bagged a brace shortly after the break, firstly through a free header from a corner kick. He added his second minutes later shooting low into the corner past Danny Bracken in goal.

Raheem Sterling-Parker added more misery for Casuals just sixty seconds later.

However, Cunningham gave hope to Corinth supporters when he was first to react to a parried Jerson Dos Santos shot.

And Casuals thought they were back in it with five minutes remaining after Jack Strange leapt highest to a header and crossed the line before being cleared. Despite protestations, neither referee or his assistant gave the goal.

The result leaves Casuals in 12th having won two and lost two of their first league matches.

Pringle reflected on where Casuals went wrong.

“We can put the loss down to a mad ten minutes in the second half. We switched off and got punished for it. We showed good character to come back from it. Great for Dan Cunningham to bag a couple of goals and Jack Strange's header, which was clearly over the line could’ve made all the difference. But we left it too late.

“When you concede four goals, you cannot expect to win a game of football.

“We need to cut out the errors. The four goals we conceded were very sloppy on our part. We weren’t carved open or never inflicted any sustained pressure on us. But the two goals in two minutes hurt us.

“It’s one game today where we’ve been punished for mistakes but there’s 42 more league games to go. Let’s see where we are at the tail end of the season.

And Pringle gave a warning to those expecting similar results to last season, despite losing nine players who reached the League playoff final in April.

“Everyone has to be a little bit careful with their expectations of the club. Last year was fantastic, reaching the playoff final. But we lost nine players in the Summer. To completely rebuild the squad again with people expecting the same results from us is obviously difficult.

“We have no playing budget as everyone knows and we’ve had to start from scratch again. But James and I have so much belief in our ability and in the ability of the lads that there’s no reason we can’t be up there again.

“This is probably the toughest start to the season that we could’ve had. But we’re through to the next round of the FA Cup and two wins in the league, including beating title favourites Greenwich… we’d have probably taken that if it was offered to us at the start.”

Casuals travel to Ashford Town in Middlesex for the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday.