Best yet by Cumbrians thanks to fine finishing
CARLISLE put in their best home performance of the season as they brushed Yeovil aside with a masterful and commanding display.
The Glovers came into the game off the back of a fourmatch unbeaten run but they were never at the races as their hosts dictated the pace and created some excellent chances.
It wasn’t a game without controversy as a red card appeared from absolutely nowhere for visiting defender Bevis Mugabi late in the second half as he got himself involved in an off the ball incident which took everyone in the stadium by surprise.
The Glovers showed attacking intent from the kick off and Browne left three defenders in his wake before a lucky deflection from a Hill tackle put Surridge through with just Bonham to beat. The big stopper spread himself and got a vital touch with his toe.
But it was Carlisle who delivered the first telling blow when a sweeping move left captain Danny Grainger in space and screaming for the ball. He didn’t disappoint as he moved DANNY GRAINGER ........ 8 REGGIE LAMBE .............. 7
forward and unleashed a screamer of a shot which left Krysiak with no chance.
United’s game plan was disrupted midway through the half when talisman midfielder Nicky Adams had to be substituted after a prolonged period of treatment but the Blues went close when another rasping Grainger effort was charged down by James.
It was all about Carlisle and Shaun Miller showed excellent composure to drop a shoulder RICHIE BENNETT ........... 8 HALLAM HOPE .............. 9 and leave his man standing as he wound his way into a shooting position. He let fly as he reached the edge of the area, but the keeper got enough on it to divert it over the bar.
One-touch football gave the hosts their deserved second goal just ahead of the break when Brown spotted Miller in space in a dangerous position. His cut-back brought Hallam Hope into the equation and the in-form forward took his tally to seven for the campaign Bookings:
when he picked his spot with a lovely finish in the bottom corner.
There was more good stuff from Hope as the Blues got forward from the second half kick off. The forward got onto the end of a loose delivery and shot from distance with the keeper well off his line. The ball skipped up awkwardly and a late dive brought enough of a touch to keep it from crossing the line.
Carlisle kept pulling the strings and Bennett was disappointed with himself when he did the hard work to pick a path through a static back line. The angle was tight and he completely misjudged his volley to leave him with his head in his hands.
Yeovil created their first opening of the second period with 65 minutes on the clock when Grainger glanced a free kick over his own bar from an excellent Bailey clip.
Hope found the side netting from a Joyce cross as Carlisle pushed to add more to the scoresheet, and Miller had a stinger deflected over when he found a yard inside a packed box.
The game was done as a contest with 15 minutes left to play when a foul on Lambe well outside the box brought a delayed reaction from Mugabi as he argued with blue shirts inside his own area and was dismissed.
The free kick was quickly changed to a penalty, following a consultation between the referee and his assistant, and Danny Grainger gave his side a three-goal cushion with a drilled finish.