Plenty of chances but Blues fail to cap­i­talise

NORTHAMP­TON 3 CARLISLE 0

Sunday Sun - - Football -

FOR­MER Carlisle man­ager Keith Curle ac­knowl­edged the away fans when he came out to take his place in the Northamp­ton Town tech­ni­cal area.

Ru­mours of big name ap­pli­cants for the Carlisle job have been brushed aside by the hi­er­ar­chy as they con­cen­trate on get­ting the right man for the job and it was left to Tommy Wright and Paul Mur­ray to con­tinue that task in the short term in what was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game.

Liam Mccar­ron was given his first league start for the club in the ab­sence of Fleet­wood striker Ash­ley Nade­san, who had re­turned to his par­ent club on the com­ple­tion of his half-sea­son deal last week.

Oth­er­wise the team was un­changed as they went out to equal a club record of seven con­sec­u­tive league vic­to­ries.

The Cob­blers were out of the blocks quickly as they came at their vis­i­tors.

An un­be­liev­able block from Gerrard pre­vented Andy Wil­liams from scor­ing what looked to be a cer­tain goal when he got on the end of a cut back from Hoskins with just two min­utes on the clock.

The de­fender stuck out a leg to make the vi­tal in­ter­ven­tion.

Carlisle fash­ioned a great chance in re­sponse when De­vitt spot­ted Sowerby in space on the edge of the box. His pass re­leased Hope, but Cor­nell was off his line quickly to smother the shot as the striker got his toe to it.

United showed their prow­ess on the break on 25 min­utes, when a Northamp­ton cor­ner was charged down on the edge of their own box.

Mccar­ron took a touch to re­lease Sowerby, and he car­ried it from de­fence to at­tack with Hope in sup­port. He was closed down quickly as he pulled the trig­ger and his shot went straight at Cor­nell.

Both sides then had oneon-one op­por­tu­ni­ties within sec­onds. The Cob­blers were first when a huge ball for­ward was con­trolled by Andy Wil­liams. He tried to pick his spot but Collin jumped high to save. Carlisle moved the ball

quickly from the parry and Hope was sud­denly in the clear at the other end. He drew the keeper off his line but his toe poke bob­bled the wrong side of the up­right.

The Cum­bri­ans came again just out­side the box and De­vitt bided his time be­fore rolling it across for Sowerby to shoot. It was an ex­cel­lent con­nec­tion but it fizzed past the post.

An ac­ro­batic save from Cor­nell de­nied De­vitt a goal just be­fore the break, and the fol­low-up from Grainger needed a firm touch from Facey with the keeper com­pletely out of the game on the ground.

Carlisle were the ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall just three min­utes into the sec­ond half when a low de­liv­ery was al­lowed to bounce across the face of goal. An ini­tial block from Wil­liams was only a pre­cur­sor to Jack Bridge smash­ing it into the roof of the net.

Northamp­ton tails were up and ex­cel­lent skill from Hoskins took him past Parkes and left him with just Collin to beat. The keeper com­pleted an ex­cel­lent fin­ger­tip save.

It was a short-lived breather though as an ex­change of passes tore the Carlisle de­fence apart, leav­ing Bridge with an­other clean sight of goal. He swept a crisp vol­ley into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The game was done as a con­test with just over 15 min­utes left to play when sub­sti­tute Ju­nior Mo­rias beat the off­side trap to go clean through. He slid the ball through the keeper’s legs to put the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin of what had been an im­pres­sive run from their vis­i­tors.

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