League Two
CarlisleCarlisle United2SalfordSalford City1

Carlisle United 2-1 Salford City

Lewis Alessandra scores for Carlisle
Carlisle celebrate the first EFL goal in front of spectators since March, scored by Lewis Alessandra

Carlisle propelled themselves into the League Two play-off places with a home win against Salford as fans returned to Brunton Park.

The 2,000 strong Carlisle fans roared on Chris Beech's side and they were on their feet as goals from Lewis Alessandra and Rhys Bennett did the damage.

Salford shot-stopper Vaclav Hladky produced a good save to keep Bennett out early on and Luke Burgess came close to a third goal in as many games for the visitors as his snapshot flew wide.

But Alessandra fired the hosts in front with a fine left-footed strike in the 34th minute.

Richie Wellens' Ammies came close to an equaliser as Ash Hunter's effort was kept out by Paul Farman.

The lead was doubled in the 56th minute as Bennett lost his marker to head home Callum Guy's free-kick.

Bennett almost doubled his tally nine minutes later as his effort was cleared off the line by Ibou Touray.

Alessandra volleyed over late on as he searched for a fifth goal of the season.

Di'Shon Bernard gave Salford late hope, netting his first goal for the club with a stoppage-time header.

Carlisle boss Chris Beech:

"When you have the fans back you want it to go well and the boys have put in the work to make sure that happened.

"It was just fantastic to hear them cheer for every tackle and you could see that it gave the lads an extra yard when they needed it.

"The fact that we've been able to share big moments with them is what this game is all about. The roar when the goals went in, you'd think there were 20,000 people here.

"We've missed this and, like I say, to be able to reward those people who have waited so long to back their team is the most special thing about it."

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Carlisle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Farman
  • 2TannerBooked at 66mins
  • 6Hayden
  • 32Bennett
  • 3Anderton
  • 12MellishBooked at 36mins
  • 4Devine
  • 8GuyBooked at 2minsSubstituted forFurmanat 75'minutes
  • 9AlessandraSubstituted forRileyat 90+2'minutes
  • 14KayodeBooked at 45mins
  • 11PatrickSubstituted forToureat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Norman
  • 5Hunt
  • 7Riley
  • 10Reilly
  • 18Dixon
  • 19Furman
  • 20Toure

Salford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hladky
  • 6Clarke
  • 5Eastham
  • 12BernardBooked at 88mins
  • 3TourayBooked at 64mins
  • 16TurnbullSubstituted forDennyat 60'minutes
  • 4Lowe
  • 15Burgess
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 10HunterSubstituted forDieseruvweat 73'minutes
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forArmstrongat 22'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 14Boyd
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 20Dieseruvwe
  • 24Smith
  • 28Denny
  • 31Evans
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,000

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home22
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Salford City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Salford City 1.

  3. Post update

    Tom Clarke (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Dangerous play by Joe Riley (Carlisle United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gime Toure (Carlisle United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Aaron Hayden.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Salford City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Ibou Touray.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Joe Riley replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Andrade (Salford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Armstrong.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Carlisle United 2, Salford City 1. Di'Shon Bernard (Salford City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Bruno Andrade (Salford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Tanner (Carlisle United).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gime Toure (Carlisle United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Furman.

  15. Booking

    Di'Shon Bernard (Salford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Di'Shon Bernard (Salford City).

  17. Post update

    Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Gime Toure replaces Omari Patrick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Andrade (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Burgess.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newport1493222121030
2Cheltenham1592424131129
3Exeter1576230181227
4Forest Green157532014626
5Carlisle158252116526
6Cambridge1474326111525
7Leyton Orient157352417724
8Tranmere157351815324
9Salford146442213922
10Bolton156451718-122
11Morecambe156451825-722
12Colchester145632121021
13Crawley155462019119
14Port Vale156181818019
15Harrogate155461719-219
16Walsall153931417-318
17Oldham155282128-717
18Grimsby134361222-1015
19Mansfield152851419-514
20Scunthorpe134271321-814
21Barrow152762023-313
22Bradford143471419-513
23Stevenage152671116-512
24Southend141211629-235
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