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Carlisle United
Paul Farman
George Tanner
Yellow card for George Tanner
Nick Anderton (c)
Danny Devine
Aaron Hayden
Callum Guy
Yellow card for Callum Guy

Furman 75'

Lewis Alessandra
1 goals for Lewis Alessandra
Omari Patrick

Toure 85'

Jon Mellish
Yellow card for Jon Mellish
Josh Kayode
Yellow card for Josh Kayode
Rhys Bennett
1 goals for Rhys Bennett
Salford City FC
Vaclav Hladky
Ibou Touray
Yellow card for Ibou Touray
Jason Lowe
Ash Eastham (c)
Tom Clarke
Ash Hunter

Dieseruvwe 72'

Bruno Andrade
Di'Shon Bernard
1 goals for Di'Shon Bernard Yellow card for Di'Shon Bernard
Luke Burgess
Jordan Turnbull

Denny 60'

Ian Henderson

Armstrong 21'

Magnus Norman
Max Hunt
Joe Riley
Gavin Reilly
Josh Dixon
Dean Furman
Gime Toure
William Evans
Luke Armstrong
George Boyd
Oscar Threlkeld
Mani Dieseruvwe
Martin Smith
Alex Denny
Head Coach - Chris Beech
Manager - Richie Wellens
Match Officals
Referee - Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referee - Conor Brown
Assistant Referee - Gary Hilton
Fourth Official - Matthew Dicicco

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A fourth successive away league defeat for the Ammies with Di’Shon Bernard’s last-minute goal proving to be a case of “too little, too late”. Carlisle United edged a tight first half, with Lewis Alessandra’s 33rd minute goal giving them a narrow advantage at the interval. Bruno Andrade thought he’d levelled early in the second half only to see his goal chalked off for offside. That would prove a pivotal moment as Richie Bennett added a second for the Cumbrians shortly afterwards.

Injuries and suspension bit into Richie Wellens’ squad for this one and there were two changes from the side that beat Morecambe 8 days ago. Jordan Turnbull & fit again Jason Lowe were drafted into midfield, with Martin Smith & Alex Denny dropping to the bench.

In front of supporters (albeit of the Carlisle United variety only) for the first time in nearly 9 months, the Ammies got off to a quiet start. In fact, there was little attacking headway made by either side during the opening exchanges.

Carlisle forced a couple of corners as the game approached the 10-minute mark, but Chris Beech’s side were unable to carve out a clear-cut opportunity.

In the 12th minute Callum Guy delivered another corner, with Joshua Kayode getting his head to it before the ball fell for Aaron Hayden towards the far post. The Carlisle defender got a header in but couldn’t keep it down, leaving Václav Hladký untroubled.

The attacking action remained at a modest level, with most of what there was coming from the home side. With 18 minutes played Kayode’s long throw from the right dropped for George Tanner on the edge of the penalty area. The former Manchester United full-back spent time with Salford on loan last season without kicking a ball in anger, and he snatched at this opportunity. Bennett was on hand to turn an effort goalwards only for Hladký’ to deal with it at the second attempt.

The Ammies lost Ian Henderson to injury midway through the first half, with Luke Armstrong coming on in his place. Their first opening of the evening came a few minutes later after Bruno Andrade’s driving run was finished off by a pass to Luke Burgess whose low shot flashed wide of the target.

At the other end Callum Guy’s free kick was touched to Tanner by Omari Patrick only for his low left-footer to pass a foot outside the post.

Carlisle were exerting some consistent pressure now and Patrick’s 25-yarder wasn’t far off hitting the target.
Eleven minutes before the break a throw-in from Carlisle’s right caught out the visiting defence and ALESSANDRA deftly switched the ball to his left foot before curling an 18-yarder inside Hladký’s right-hand upright.

The Ammies looked to get back on terms quickly, with Ash Hunter’s clever free kick headed just wide of the target by Turnbull. A decent chance and the game went end-to-end during the closing minutes of the half. During its penultimate minute Alessandra’s pass sent Patrick away on a run and from his cross Jon Mellish slammed his shot into a defender.


Not the most distinguished of first halves from the Ammie perspective, but they had looked livelier as it drew to a close. That improvement would be maintained as the second half got underway and came very close to producing an equaliser.

Within a couple of minutes of the restart Ash Hunter’s left-of-centre half-volley from outside the box was gathered by Paul Farman in the home goal. A comfortable enough save for the keeper, but it marked a first proper shot on target for the visitors.

The Cumbrians would look capable of causing problems whenever they ventured forward and in the 50th minute Kayode’s strength and fancy footwork took him past Turnbull on the right, then away from Ibou Touray’s challenge. A low pass into the middle looked perfect for Daniel Devine, only for the ball to bounce away from goal off the Carlisle midfielder.

An opportunity for the home side but Salford were looking busy and almost unlocked Carlisle’s defence in the 52nd minute. Hunter slipped a great little ball into the right-hand side of the area for Burgess to latch onto. The former Wigan man was in space and from an angle tried a left-footed shot that dropped outside the far post.
We saw Burgess convert a similar – and perhaps more difficult – change against Bradford recently, but here he couldn’t quite get enough curve on the effort.

The Ammies continued to press and Burgess initiated the next attack, within a minute, after being bundled over on the halfway line. A quickly taken free-kick allowed possession to be worked through for Hunter, who advanced before slipping a pass to the left for Touray. A low cross flashed through the 6-yard box, with Andrade lifting a close-range finish into the net. Salford’s celebrations were cut short as the assistant on the far side raised his flag for what must have been a tight offside decision.

Very close to a leveller for Salford, who had looked good since the restart, but football is rarely fair and they would fall further behind in the 56th minute. Bernard was penalised for a foul on Patrick, with Guy lifting the deep, right-of-centre free kick towards the far post. There were white shirts aplenty in the middle yet nobody picked up BENNETT who was unattended as he directed a 5-yard diving header between Hladký and his right-hand post.

A good finish, but Wellens and his coaching staff must have been more than a little disappointed with the defending.

A real blow for Salford, just as they had begun to assert themselves, turning neat spells of possession into chances to score. That second goal served to boost Carlisle’s confidence and they would prove difficult to break down from that point onwards.

The next opening went the way of Carlisle after Kayode escaped the attentions of Tom Clarke on the left. A cut inside took him into the area where a nudged pass back was missed by Devine before Mellish hit a 15-yarder that was deflected wide off a defender.

Denny replaced Turnbull in Salford’s midfield on the hour. Within another minute Hunter had been fouled, left-of-centre, but Andrade’s free-kick from 25-yards out sailed high over the crossbar.

The Cumbrians almost extended their lead on 65 minutes after Tanner popped up on the left, playing a low ball almost to the far post. Hayden was on the end of it, cleverly flicking the ball towards goal with his heel. Salford’s interest in the destination of the points was maintained as Touray stretched a leg just in front of the line, poking the ball behind for a corner.

What had been a lively 3rd quarter of the game petered out a little bit as Carlisle – understandably – sat back on that two-goal cushion. The Ammies were allowed some possession of the ball but found it increasingly hard to break down a double bank of blue shirts.

Safety first for Carlisle, but they continued to create the odd scoring chance too. On 72 minutes Devine left fly from a central position but could only direct the long-distance effort at Hladký.

Mani Dieseruvwe replaced Hunter for the final stages but the Ammies were struggling to work the ball into genuinely dangerous positions, despite some promising approach play.

The visitors need a goal yet didn’t really look like getting one. Carlisle continued to speculate when they could and Patrick’s shot from outside the box took a deflection that allowed Hladký’ to scoop up possession.

Time was running out and the opportunities that did come along were still going Carlisle’s way. With 5 minutes left Nick Anderton’s left-footed free-kick from the right was headed out as far as Alessandra, whose first-time volley was well off target.

The Ammies countered, but from outside the left-hand angle of the penalty area Andrade’s shot flew across goal and yards wide of the far upright. Salford were still conceding free-kicks and from another Dean Furman lofted the ball from a deep central position to the left-hand side of the box. Substitute Gime Touré got up above his marker but could only get in a downwards header that was simple for Hladký’ to deal with.

To their credit Salford never ceased their attempts to find a way through to the goal and secured what could have been a lifeline in the last minute of the 90. Touray’s cross from a deep position on the left dropped towards the near post where BERNARD got across his marker to direct a 7-yard header between Farman and his right-hand post. A fine finish to mark the Manchester United loanee's first Salford City goal.

With 5 minutes of time added on to be played, Carlisle suddenly looked considerably less comfortable as their opponents sniffed what had looked a very unlikely point. During the 1st of those 5 Touray again did well on the left playing in a low ball that was contested by Armstrong at the near corner of the 6-yard box. Andrade was handily placed for the loose ball but from 12 yards out could only hit a low effort wide of Farman’s right-hand post.

A big chance to pull off a remarkable comeback, but luck wasn’t with the Ammies on this occasion.

It was backs-to-the-wall time for the Cumbrians and in the 94th minute Lowe cracked in a shot from outside the box that clipped off a defender and outside Farman’s right-hand post. Hladký’ came up for the corner, but it was touched out at the far post by a defender. The keeper may have got his head to Andrade’s subsequent delivery from the right, but the ball fell to the far side where Touré set off on a run. Hladký’ did his best to keep up but the Carlisle man made it into Salford territory before aiming a low shot from 40 yards and wide on the right that ended up rolling just outside the far post.

Late drama but the Ammies had fallen short and the final whistle ushered in another defeat on the road.


Another frustrating away day for Salford City, and for those interested in statistics, the first time they’ve recorded 4 successive away defeats since season 2013-2014. That sequence actually extended to 6 games and came to an end courtesy of a 2-1 win at Ossett Albion on a cold November afternoon. The modern Ammies will have the chance to end their own run at Barrow, 4 divisions higher up the footballing pyramid on what will almost certainly be a cold December afternoon.

For key moments you really have to look back at Andrade’s disallowed goal early in the second half when Salford were getting on top and playing some good stuff. It will be interesting to see that again, but the decision certainly proved to be a crucial one.

All clubs have injury problems of course, but there isn’t a team in this division - or even higher - who wouldn’t keenly miss the services of Darron Gibson, Richie Towell & James Wilson. Brandon Thomas-Asante will miss 3 league games as a result of that harsh red card at Newport on Saturday leaving Richie Wellens short on options in certain areas of the pitch.

League Two remains a very open division and with an increasingly solid home record the Ammies are very handily placed, despite this setback. Time to roll up the collective sleeves and move on to the next game…