TIME’S UP NOW FOR CARLISLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Hill To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

JIMMY Glass’ hero­ics may be in­grained in Carlisle’s his­tory but man­ager Gra­ham Ka­vanagh ad­mits the time for he­roes may have passed.

Glass’ stop­page-time goal in May 1999 saved Carlisle from the Con­fer­ence and sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions – yes­ter­day Brun­ton Park re­sem­bled a wake.

The Cum­bri­ans barely threat­ened for long pe­ri­ods in a match they had to win with a se­ries of long balls to Gary Ma­dine, po­ten­tially mak­ing his fi­nal ap­pear­ance of the sea­son due to a le­gal cur­few, their main plan of at­tack.

In the end Old­ham took ad­van­tage of a nervy show­ing, James Day­ton slalom­ing through the de­fence to win the match and leave Carlisle star­ing into the abyss.

They travel to Craw­ley on Tues­day and cham­pi­ons Wolves on Satur­day need­ing at least four points but know­ing six may not be enough with Ka­vanagh ac­cept­ing rel­e­ga­tion is al­most a cer­tainty.

“There is still hope while it is still math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble, and this club has done some amaz­ing things from these sit­u­a­tions be­fore,” he said.

“Will it hap­pen? You’d have to say prob­a­bly not.When I came in the club was stuck on six points, go­ing nowhere.

“We man­aged to rally it and get things go­ing, but then we’ve suf­fered a hor­ren­dous in­jury cri­sis which we’ve tried to cover with young play­ers. It’s that lack of ex­pe­ri­ence that hurts in games like this. I won’t walk away from the job re­gard­less of what hap­pens.”

The Lat­ics be­gan the game play­ing on the counter at­tack and James Wesolowski put through Gary Harkins, whose shot was bravely blocked by Carlisle’s Sean O’Hanlon.

Ma­dine nearly opened the scor­ing in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. Tak­ing a long ball down on his chest he swiv­elled and smashed a 35-yard half-vol­ley which Paul Rachubka just about palmed over his cross­bar

Ma­dine and Liam No­ble saw ef­forts blocked be­fore on the hour Joel By­rom nod­ded in James Wesolowski’s cross at the near post, only for the off­side flag to be raised.

The Lat­ics went ahead when Day­ton picked the ball up just in­side the Carlisle half and was al­lowed to run at the heart of the de­fence. He danced past Reece Brown be­fore fir­ing a low strike past Jordan Pick­ford.

Carlisle threw ev­ery­thing for­ward in the end but it was not to be – Blues goal­keeper Pick­ford de­nied his Glass mo­ment when his late header was hacked away.

And, af­ter pre­serv­ing Old­ham’s League One sta­tus, man­ager Lee John­son said:“It has been a tough year and we’ve had to over­come many hur­dles.

“Our fans have turned up in se­ri­ous num­bers and they’ve never stopped singing and get­ting be­hind the lads. “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted for ev­ery­one in­volved in the club, from the chair­man down to the

sup­porter in the stand.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

WIN­NER: James Day­ton of Old­ham Ath­letic cel­e­brates his goal

HEADS UP: Gary Ma­dine com­petes for the ball

STAR MAN JAMES WESOL

OWSKI Old­ham

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