Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Journey Too Far for Cumbrians as They Lose at THEVALE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Journey Too Far for Cumbrians as They Lose at THEVALE

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PORT VALE 1 CARLISLE UNITED 0 ASECOND week of cup heroics was too much to ask of travel -weary Carlisle United as they fell at the first hurdle in this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

A tight and often tedious fixture was eventually edged by League One Port Vale as they struck on the hour with a rare moment of good football to bring an end to United's threegame unbeaten run.

Both sides showed good attacking intent but it was a defensive error from the Cumbrians which gifted the hosts with their first opening of the night.

A wayward pass from Miller invited Dodds to stride forward and his slide-rule pass for Dickinson brought a telling first time cross.

McCourt caught it well and Hanford had to drop low to parry the net-bound effort.

Set-pieces looked a good avenue for the visitors and a fiercely-delivered corner from Grainger caused all kinds of problems as the Vale defence remained static.

Raynes jumped to meet it and his thumping header smashed into Duffy and he was able to complete his clearance.

Port Vale looked the more likely to score and they thought they'd done just that when Duffy latched on to a half clearance on the edge of the box.

His acrobatic scissor kick had Hanford beaten but it dropped just the wrong side of the upright.

The first half became a trudge through treacle as the passing game gave way to heavy touches and unforced errors but Chris Birchall produced a rare moment of enjoyment when he turned his man on the angle. He went for the far post but he got his bearings wrong and the stopper was able to watch it away. It was more of the same for much of the second period and a hopeful volley from Grant summed up proceedings as the action limped along at a pedestrian pace.

Another attempt at an overhead kick, this time from Sweeney, brought light relief as it spun off his boot and off towards the corner flag. …

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