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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Lambe & Carlisle United Win Again

Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates were at the Hive for a slightly later kick off than normal, with Barnet the hosts.

And it was United who took the spoils as they overcame a sluggish start to assert their authority and turn the game on its head with a devastating second half display.

An error from Lambe in midfield gifted John Akinde with possession when his headed pass fell nicely for the striker. He surged forward and shot on the run from the edge of the box but it was always heading wide.

In the end the first half ended with a snapshot on the volley from Hallam Hope as he exchanged passes with Lambe on the left hand angle. He struck it well but it dipped a moment too late.

An early second half Barnet corner brought a flick from Akinde which skipped across the face of goal, Barnet kept the pressure on with deliveries into the area, and it was made to count when Richard Santos shook his markers off to power an unstoppable header beneath Jack Bonham and into the back of the net.

Carlisle went in search of an immediate response with a massive punt forward from John O'Sullivan. Lambe pounced on the half clearance and jinked his way through two challenges to find Jamie Devitt in space. He had options but his cross went high and behind the goal.

Hope and Lambe challenged for an awkwardly bouncing ball as Craig Ross scampered off his line, with Carlisle United camped forward, and it was the keeper who came away with it as he did just enough to make things safe.

But things looked set to get worse for Carlisle on 59 minutes when Tom Parkes and Akinde challenged for a ball over the top. The forward fell to the floor and referee Chris Sarginson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Akinde dusted himself down but made a mess of his spot kick as he skied it over the bar.

Carlisle United made a triple substitution from the manager as Richard Bennett, Ashley Nadesan and Kristopher Twardek replaced O'Sullivan, Cole Stockton and Lambe.

Carlisle United were back on level terms with 20 minutes left to play when a punt forward was flicked on by Bennett, Ross raced from his line but Nadesan kept his cool to bag his first ever senior goal with the cutest of touches which took the ball past the advancing keeper and into the waiting net.

The good play deserved another goal and it came when Hope showed purpose with a stunning run which took him into the box. He left his man in his wake and put it on a plate for Richie Bennett to take the plaudits with a fantastic volleyed finish.

And the points were wrapped up when Devitt drilled a low free kick into the area. Nadesan got the slightest of touches to take it into the bottom corner.
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