Carlisle 1-0 Colchester 

Carlisle saw off the challenge of Colchester thanks to Paul Thirlwell's first goal of the season.

Rory Loy twice went close for the hosts when first his shot forced a good save from Ben Williams and then his close-range header was deflected wide.

The Cumbrians took the lead after neat approach play from Jon-Paul McGovern and Lee Miller was finished off neatly by Thirlwell.

Ian Henderson came close to levelling for the U's but his shot was blocked.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"It is a testimony to both teams, the way they have tried to play.

"It is not just the rain, the wind is the key, the rain is OK, the wind is horrendous.

"It was going to be tight, it was going to be edgy, games and points are hard to win and hard to come by in this league."

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"I don't think, in the last 30 yards, our passing was as good as I wanted it to be to provide those opportunities for us.

"We got there more times but we didn't deliver that final cross or that shot or that bit of work to upset their goalkeeper. He had relatively routine afternoon.

"We passed it better in the second period but didn't get that right touch in the box. For a game that was dominated by the conditions there were very few goalmouth opportunities."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Carlisle United

  • 01 Collin
  • 03 Robson
  • 06 Murphy
  • 19 Ribeiro
  • 25 Michalik
  • 04 McGovern
  • 11 Thirlwell
  • 17 Noble (Zoko - 77' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 09 Loy
  • 14 Miller

Substitutes

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 05 Livesey
  • 12 Taiwo
  • 13 Zoko
  • 15 Curran

Colchester United

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 06 Heath
  • 20 Wilson
  • 10 Izzet
  • 14 Bond (James - 73' )
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 24 Coker
  • 07 Vincent (White - 69' )
  • 15 Odejayi
  • 16 Henderson (Thomas - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Rose
  • 25 White
  • 23 James
  • 27 Duguid
  • 19 Thomas
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 4,435

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

9 3

Corners

14 11

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

89:42

Unfair challenge on Brian Wilson by Matthew Robson results in a free kick. John White takes the free kick.

88:28 Substitution

Substitution Casey Thomas on for Ian Henderson.

88:04

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Berrett.

87:08

Unfair challenge on Francois Zoko by Magnus Okuonghae results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Jon-Paul McGovern from the free kick, save by Ben Williams.

86:27

Kemal Izzet challenges Peter Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Collin takes the indirect free kick.

84:39

Francois Zoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd James. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

78:56

Kemal Izzet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Matthew Robson.

77:53

Francois Zoko takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

76:40 Substitution

Substitution Francois Zoko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Noble.

75:25

Rory Loy takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

74:18

Unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet by Paul Thirlwell results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

73:31

Corner taken by James Berrett, clearance made by Kayode Odejayi.

73:24

Centre by Christian Ribeiro, clearance by Ben Coker.

72:18 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd James on for Andy Bond.

71:56

Corner taken by James Berrett from the left by-line, save made by Ben Williams.

71:40

Paul Thirlwell takes a shot. Matt Heath manages to make a clearance.

70:03

The official flags Andy Bond offside. Free kick taken by Adam Collin.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Vincent goes off and John White comes on.

67:25

Rory Loy crosses the ball.

65:48

Andy Bond takes a shot. Save made by Adam Collin.

64:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Kemal Izzet. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Matthew Robson from left channel, save by Ben Williams. Corner from the left by-line taken by James Berrett, clearance made by Brian Wilson.

62:30

Headed effort on goal by Rory Loy from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

61:00

Rory Loy concedes a free kick for a foul on Magnus Okuonghae. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.

60:11

Rory Loy produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

59:32

Anthony Wordsworth delivers the ball, Lubomir Michalik manages to make a clearance.

57:51

The ball is delivered by Matthew Robson.

55:21

Unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Anthony Wordsworth from the free kick.

54:22

Ashley Vincent is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Collin.

53:27

Anthony Wordsworth takes the inswinging corner, Peter Murphy makes a clearance.

53:07

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Clearance by Matthew Robson.

51:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Miller. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

47:35

Unfair challenge on Paul Thirlwell by Anthony Wordsworth results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Robson.

47:25

Andy Bond delivers the ball, save by Adam Collin.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:51

Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

45:00 +0:21

Rory Loy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

41:24

Corner taken by James Berrett from the right by-line, save by Ben Williams.

41:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Robson by Ian Henderson. Matthew Robson takes the free kick.

39:08

Ashley Vincent is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Adam Collin.

37:42

Corner taken by James Berrett, Header from close in by Peter Murphy misses to the right of the target.

37:08

Lubomir Michalik takes a shot. Adam Collin makes a save.

36:40

Corner taken right-footed by James Berrett, Ben Williams makes a save.

32:58

Effort from the edge of the box by Ian Henderson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

32:18

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Adam Collin makes a save.

31:59

Inswinging corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Rory Loy manages to make a clearance.

31:05

Matthew Robson fouled by Ian Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Robson restarts play with the free kick.

30:34

Unfair challenge on Brian Wilson by Matthew Robson results in a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

27:37

Lubomir Michalik concedes a free kick for a foul on Kayode Odejayi. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ben Coker, clearance by Liam Noble.

26:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

25:34

Outswinging corner taken by James Berrett, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.

25:16

Shot from 12 yards by Rory Loy. Ben Williams makes a save.

22:56

Matt Heath gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller.

21:34

Assist by Lee Miller.

21:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Thirlwell - Carlisle 1 - 0 Colchester Paul Thirlwell grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Carlisle 1-0 Colchester.

19:20

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Berrett, Ian Henderson manages to make a clearance.

18:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Berrett, Ben Williams makes a save.

14:40

Rory Loy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

14:01

The ball is swung over by Matthew Robson, save by Ben Williams.

12:59

Lee Miller fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

11:06

James Berrett challenges Andy Bond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Andy Bond from the free kick, Matthew Robson makes a clearance. Ashley Vincent takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lubomir Michalik.

9:26

Rory Loy takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Ben Williams.

8:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, Matthew Robson makes a clearance.

8:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Christian Ribeiro makes a clearance.

8:02

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Vincent, save by Adam Collin.

7:39

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Vincent from the left by-line, clearance made by Lubomir Michalik.

7:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, Lubomir Michalik makes a clearance.

6:54

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Vincent from the left by-line, Peter Murphy manages to make a clearance.

5:37

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Berrett.

5:16

Lubomir Michalik takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

4:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Berrett from the right by-line, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

4:19

Inswinging corner taken by James Berrett from the left by-line, Matt Heath makes a clearance.

3:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett, clearance made by Kemal Izzet.

2:03

Corner from right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

0:00

The match begins.

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