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Carlisle United 3-0 Stevenage

Dave Beasant
Beasant has had spells as goalkeeping coach at Northern Ireland, Fulham and Bristol Rovers

Carlisle United earned a third straight win under new boss Keith Curle in a game that saw injury-hit Stevenage forced to name 55-year-old ex-England goalkeeper Dave Beasant on the bench.

Brad Potts fired a dominant Carlisle ahead from 18 yards and Steven Rigg made it 2-0 from close range.

Away defender Charlie Lee almost added a third for the hosts when his miskick hit the post.

But Mark Beck did make it 3-0, side-footing in from six yards.

Golden oldies
Beasant - who won two England caps - and Carlisle's substitute goalkeeper Tony Caig have a combined age of 95.

The Cumbrians were full value for their victory, which takes them out of the relegation zone, against a lacklustre Stevenage side who at least did not have to call upon goalkeeping coach Beasant.

Beasant, whose 26-year-old goalkeeping son Sam has played nine games for Boro so far this season, has not played since appearing for Brighton in a 2-2 draw at Grimsby in Division One, in May 2003.

He won two England caps in 1989 but was best known for saving a penalty when captaining Wimbledon as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 1988 FA Cup final.

Beasant made 775 senior appearances, with Wimbledon, Chelsea, Southampton and Nottingham Forest among his other clubs.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"When you lose 3-0 away from home and when you concede those early goals, I don't think any of us are going to be happy.

"They're a long established football club that's played at the top level of the English game and we haven't got a divine right to come to places like this and get a result.

"I feel embarrassed, I feel humiliated. And any fan who's given us the effort to come here to support us will feel equally bad I'm sure. We all care about the same badge and we want the badge to be doing well.

"We can't get away from the fact that we are struggling without one or two of the bigger characters or players, so we need one or two of them back."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Hanford
  • 26White
  • 6Archibald-Henville
  • 12Thirlwell
  • 2GraingerBooked at 8mins
  • 22Dempsey
  • 10Dicker
  • 16PottsSubstituted forSymingtonat 90'minutes
  • 18BroughSubstituted forRobsonat 73'minutes
  • 17Beck
  • 21RiggSubstituted forElliottat 76'minutes


  • 3Robson
  • 8Sweeney
  • 14Gillies
  • 19Symington
  • 23O'Hanlon
  • 27Elliott
  • 29Caig


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 9Charles
  • 19Wells
  • 34Deacon
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forJohnsonat 30'minutes
  • 6BondSubstituted forCalcuttat 83'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 11Pett
  • 22Lee
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forAshtonat 65'minutes


  • 2Richens
  • 3Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 15Calcutt
  • 27Johnson
  • 32Conlon
  • 39Beasant
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamStevenage
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 3, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 3, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by David Symington (Carlisle United).

  4. Post update

    Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Kyle Dempsey (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

  7. Post update

    Kyle Dempsey (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Elliott (Carlisle United).

  10. Post update

    (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. David Symington replaces Brad Potts.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Carlisle United 3, Stevenage 0. Mark Beck (Carlisle United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Hayden White (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Johnson (Stevenage).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Chris Day.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Elliott (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Connor Calcutt replaces Andy Bond.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.