Miller time for United as Bees stung late on

Sunday Sun - - Football - Very lit­tle to do and han­dled the ball well Showed signs that there is more to come Some silly er­rors and some ex­cel­lent tack­les An­other who pro­duced good and bad mo­ments The most likely to cre­ate some­thing go­ing for­ward Didn’t look com­fort­able at any

UNITED left it late but they even­tu­ally showed signs of the team they can be as they bagged a stun­ning late equaliser courtesy of a Shaun Miller scis­sor-kick.

The hosts en­joyed the bulk of the pos­ses­sion but an in­creas­ingly frus­trated home crowd had all but given up the ghost un­til the striker’s ex­cel­lent fin­ish.

And it was a much-needed point which brought an end to a wor­ry­ing run of back-to­back de­feats which had seen Carlisle tum­ble down the League Two ta­ble.

Carlisle stut­tered their way through a tense open­ing spell and they were made to pay for a mo­ment of in­de­ci­sion when a hap­haz­ard at­tack broke down with too many blue shirts camped for­ward.

A high clear­ance from Nel­son was toe poked by the preda­tory Jean Louis Akpa Akpro on the halfway line and his touch took the cen­tral de­fend­ers out of the game. He steamed for­ward to slide a goal­bound shot past the ad­vanc­ing Shamal Ge­orge and he had the pres­ence of mind to stay cool and slot the re­bound home as his shot bounced back off the post.

The Cum­bri­ans tried to set­tle them­selves fol­low­ing the set­back and a pro­longed spell of pos­ses­sion brought de­liv­er­ies from Grainger and Miller as they tried to find a way through. A flick from Parkes was cleared be­fore Hope could get a touch and El­lis was dis­ap­pointed to see his nod back across the face of goal evade ev­ery­body.

Carlisle en­joyed the bulk of pos­ses­sion but found it hard to break the stub­born Bar­net de­fence as the vis­i­tors pro­tected their lead. The clos­est they came to caus­ing a scare was a long-range shot from Brown which bent wide.

Bar­net chose their mo­ments to break their shape and they cre­ated a half chance for Akpa Akpro when Coulthirst found room for a cross. The big for­ward got up well but he couldn’t keep his header down.

The Bees started to look like a side who were en­joy­ing their day and Akpa Akpro was a whisker away from putting a beauty of a grass­cut­ter from Coulthirst into the wait­ing net SHAMAL GE­ORGE ......... 6 JAMES BROWN .............. 6 MARK EL­LIS.................... 5 TOM PARKES.................. 6 DANNY GRAINGER ........ 6 as it fizzed past Ge­orge on the six-yard line. United re­sponded when Hope beat his man but his pass was be­hind Joyce and Miller.

The hosts cre­ated their first real open­ing of the day just min­utes be­fore half-time when Grainger’s low ball at the near post and Miller peeled off his man to get a touch. Ross knew very lit­tle about it but he did well to make a block as it came at him at his near post. Bar­net were KELVIN ETUHU............... 5 Too many way­ward touches LUKE JOYCE.................... 7 Yet again the only player to show real bite MIKE JONES ................... 6 Nowhere near his best, but he’s get­ting there REG­GIE LAMBE .............. 5 Be­com­ing far too anony­mous for too long HAL­LAM HOPE .............. 5

SHAUN MILLER .............. 6

happy to sti­fle things af­ter the break and the tac­tic al­most paid off when they re­lieved the pres­sure with a long, deep clear­ance. El­lis got him­self in a mud­dle and his hes­i­ta­tion gifted a Coulthirst a shoot­ing op­por­tu­nity and Ge­orge had to dive to palm it away.

The home side started to look more dan­ger­ous when Adams and Ben­nett were in­tro­duced into the fray but the Bees con­tained the threat and looked the more likely on Kept go­ing but was given very lit­tle to feed off Subs: Bon­ham, Lid­dle, Kennedy (Lambe 72), Adams (Etuhu 62), De­vitt, Nabi, Ben­nett (Hope 57). BAR­NET: Ross, Clough, San­tos, Nel­son, Camp­bel­lRyce (Bover 52), Coulthirst (Akinde 74), Tay­lor (Fonguck 65), Tu­tonda, Vil­hete, Akpa Akpro. Subs: McKen­zie-Lyle, Sho­mo­tun, Mason-Clarke, Smith. the break. Akpa Akpro raced onto one such move but blazed over from a tight an­gle when he had two in sup­port.

Carlisle pushed on through a frus­trat­ing clos­ing 15-minute spell, and they got their re­ward when Miller held off his man on the edge of the box. The scis­sor-kick that fol­lowed left Ross with no chance as the ball flew over his head into the roof of the net to give the Blues their just about earned share of the spoils.

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