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Carlisle United 2-4 Crewe Alexandra

Crewe Alexandra scored twice in the final 12 minutes as they thwarted Carlisle United's fightback to win 4-2 at Brunton Park and go top of League Two.

The visitors looked comfortable after Nicky Hunt and Daniel Powell fired them into a 2-0 lead.

Carlisle battled back to draw level with two goals in the space of five minutes for Hallam Hope and Christie Elliott, only for the Alex to have the final say through Chris Porter and a Gethin Jones own goal.

Crewe's early pressure was rewarded on seven minutes when, from Tom Lowery's free-kick wide on the right, Byron Webster was unable to deal with an awkward bounce and Hunt pounced to steer home from six yards.

Crewe doubled their lead when a lightning break gave Powell the chance to race away to arrowed a superb 18-yard shot across Adam Collin and into the top right-hand corner.

Carlisle raised their spirits on 59 minutes when substitute Stefan Scougall's run gave Jack Iredale the opportunity to send in a low cross which Hope was able to slide home from close range.

Iredale was again the provider when Carlisle then equalised on 64 minutes, his cross finding its way to Elliott, who volleyed past Dave Richards from six yards.

Alex regained the lead in the 78th minute, when James Jones made a quick impact from the bench, whipping over a cross that Porter forced home for his sixth strike of the season.

Crewe settled a fluctuating contest in the 85th minute, when a cross from Perry Ng looped into the net via a deflection off Jones - a goal that edged David Artell's side back above Exeter at the top, on more goals scored.

The two sides both have 26 points, and have a goal difference of 7, but Crewe have netted 23 times to Exeter's 18.

It is the second time Crewe have been top this season, having briefly led for four days after four games back in August.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 2Elliott
  • 14Jones
  • 17Webster
  • 27Knight-PercivalSubstituted forMellishat 45'minutes
  • 3Iredale
  • 19BridgeSubstituted forScougallat 53'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 28SagafSubstituted forMcKirdyat 80'minutes
  • 9Hope
  • 24Olomola

Substitutes

  • 5Mellish
  • 10Scougall
  • 11McKirdy
  • 22Gray
  • 23Branthwaite
  • 25Loft
  • 31Sorensen

Crewe

  • 13Richards
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6NolanBooked at 86mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 12GreenSubstituted forJonesat 70'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 89'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale
  • 23Johnson
  • 27Booth
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
4,521

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Crewe Alexandra 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Crewe Alexandra 4.

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Scougall.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Daniel Powell.

Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Jones.

Booking

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Own Goal by Gethin Jones, Carlisle United. Carlisle United 2, Crewe Alexandra 4.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Lowery.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Jones.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

Offside, Carlisle United. Michael Jones tries a through ball, but Jack Iredale is caught offside.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Charlie Kirk is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Harry McKirdy replaces Mohammed Sagaf.

Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Carlisle United).

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Jones with a cross.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Carlisle United).

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohammed Sagaf (Carlisle United).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Carlisle United).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Paul Green.

Attempt missed. Olufela Olomola (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Iredale.

Offside, Carlisle United. Olufela Olomola tries a through ball, but Hallam Hope is caught offside.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Mohammed Sagaf (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mohammed Sagaf (Carlisle United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe138232316726
2Exeter137511811726
3Bradford137331912724
4Forest Green13733147724
5Newport12651126623
6Cheltenham1264221111022
7Swindon136342016421
8Colchester135441612419
9Crawley135442120119
10Grimsby135352016418
11Plymouth134541816217
12Macclesfield134541515017
13Port Vale134541820-217
14Salford134541620-417
15Mansfield134451917216
16Cambridge134451614216
17Leyton Orient134451922-316
18Northampton134361416-215
19Walsall13436917-815
20Carlisle134271523-814
21Oldham132561423-911
22Scunthorpe132471621-510
23Stevenage131571019-98
24Morecambe131481326-137
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