Best yet by Cum­bri­ans thanks to fine fin­ish­ing

Sunday Sun - - Football - Browne (30), Green (72) 4,189 Ben Toner

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:

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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.

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