Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grim Day as Cumbrians Beaten by the Mariners; Carlisle United1 GRIMSBY TOWN3

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grim Day as Cumbrians Beaten by the Mariners; Carlisle United1 GRIMSBY TOWN3

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CARLISLE suffered just their second defeat of the season - and their first at home in the league - as they left themselves exposed on too many occasions against a very dangerous strikeforce.

It was a game which could have gone either way but, in the end, it was better finishing from the visitors which proved to be the difference.

The Mariners showed first after a slow start when Mills found himself in acres of space as a Brisley clearance deflected into his path. He let fly from distance and Gillespie had to dive long to parry at his near post.

It was a good spell for the visitors and Davies caused more problems when he whipped a cross in from the right, Shaun Brisley and Michael Raynes closing ranks to foil Vernon.

Carlisle had to stay patient but they opened things up when Nicky Adams broke from deep midway through the half. He spread it to Charlie Wyke and he held it up intelligently for Shaun Miller to arrive. His strike partner dropped a shoulder and went for the top corner, but he couldn't keep it down. Another big ball forward brought the opening goal, Jason Kennedy flicking a lovely pass to Shaun Miller whose incisive throughball left Wyke with just the keeper to beat, and the big striker didn't disappoint.

The lead could have been doubled moments later as Luke Joyce's wonderful pass picked out Shaun Miller, his cross found Wyke at the back stick and it needed a last-gasp touch from Henderson to put it over.

Grimsby were a whisker away from an equaliser just before the break when Mills was given time to float a cross into the box. Boyce jumped highest but his close range header fell the wrong side of the upright.

But Carlisle made a disappointing start to the second period as hesitant defending left the back door open for Omar Bogle to exploit. He spun away with the ball at his feet and he found the back of the net.

The Cumbrians wasted an excellent chance to regain the lead when Reggie Lambe used his pace to burst into the box. …

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