Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates shook off a little more of the summer’s rust with a comfortable pre-season victory that saw a first goal back in a blue shirt for Hallam Hope.
The striker who will carry much of United’s scoring responsibility in 2017/18 will have enjoyed the sight of the ball rocketing into the net from his right boot after 67 minutes at Penrith.
Keith Curle, who used the second July friendly to assess six trialists, will also have been pleased to see his other senior forward, Shaun Miller, grab another goal.
There were further strikes from Jamie Devitt and Luke Joyce, while one of the unnamed trialists – a tall, young centre-forward – pressed his claims with the other.
Carlisle began with four of those hopefuls – a goalkeeper, both full-backs and a tall centre-forward – as Curle’s squad were put through their paces against Jim Nichols’ team.
Their first-half team included Mark Ellis and Gary Liddle at centre-half, with Devitt and Samir Nabi in central midfield. Much of the play went through Devitt, with Reggie Lambe also testing Penrith with his trickery.