Match ends, Carlisle United 1, Notts County 3.
Notts County held on to pull off a vital win against Carlisle United, who scored a cheeky consolation goal through Hallam Hope.
With his side trailing 2-0, Hope waited by the post and when Notts goalkeeper Ryan Schofield dropped the ball to kick clear, the striker ran from behind the keeper, nicked the ball and quickly slotted home.
Kane Hemmings had earlier given Notts a half-time lead after pouncing on a defensive error from Gary Liddle before scoring a second from the spot after Richard Duffy was fouled.
After Hope pulled one back, the hosts' play-off hopes were dealt a blow when Lewis Alessandra added a third to seal a vital win for Notts late on.
The victory lifted the Magpies off the bottom of the League Two table and puts them within four points of safety while Carlisle dropped out the play-off places into eighth.
County dominated early on, as Enzo Boldewijn forced Adam Collin into a fine save while Hemmings then fired over the loose ball from an acute angle.
Collin also saved Michael Doyle's inswinging free-kick, but Notts broke the deadlock when Liddle played a backpass too short and Hemmings ran onto the ball to slot home.
There was a delay in play in the second half when the visitors were handed a penalty, but Hemmings stayed cool to fire into the roof of the net for a 2-0 lead.
After Hope's goal, Nathan Thomas almost scored against his former club to level the scores.
But with Collin pushing forward as the hosts desperately tried to salvage a draw, Alessandra scored into an empty net to make the points safe.
- 5GerrardBooked at 66mins
- 3GraingerSubstituted forSimpsonat 71'minutes
- 10DevittBooked at 90mins
- 22ScougallSubstituted forThomasat 57'minutes
- 26RoseBooked at 87mins
- 24MilsomBooked at 23mins
- 11BoldewijnSubstituted forBirdat 81'minutes
- 21O'BrienBooked at 90mins
- Eddie Ilderton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Notts County 3.
Jim O'Brien (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United).
Goal! Carlisle United 1, Notts County 3. Lewis Alessandra (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.
Jim O'Brien (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jim O'Brien (Notts County).
Callum O'Hare (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Regan Slater (Carlisle United).
Foul by Robert Milsom (Notts County).
Gary Liddle (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.
Attempt blocked. Kane Hemmings (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Mitch Rose (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Mitch Rose (Notts County).
Regan Slater (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Notts County. Pierce Bird replaces Enzio Boldewijn.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Ryan Schofield.