Rochdale Reserves 0-3 United Reserves

Danny Carlton
The Blues got back into action this afternoon with an excellent 3-0 win at a sunny but blustery Dark Lane, the home of Rossendale United FC. The first goal for the Cumbrians came in the 18th minute courtesy of a well-hit direct strike from a free-kick by Danny Carlton, the finish being the ex-Morecambe man's 11th goal in the reserves this season.

United doubled their lead shortly before the interval when Luke Joyce netted from close range after the home defence had failed to clear a corner. The 'Dale fought back though and striker Adam Le Fondre had a curling effort well tipped onto the crossbar by Cumbrians goalkeeper Chris Howarth, with Dennis Sherriff also striking the Carlisle woodwork shortly after entering the fray as a second-half substitute.

The Blues made sure of the win in the 78th minute though when Jeff Smith headed home from a Carlton cross. Rochdale still threatened to snatch another goal late on however when Howarth did well to save from Joe Thompson. The next game for Carlisle in the reserves league is Rochdale again, this time at home, in a 7pm kick-off on Wednesday night at Brunton Park.

Rochdale line-up :

Lloyd Rigby, Andy Lee, George Bowyer, Lee Crooks, Nathan D'Laryea, Kallum Higginbotham (Dennis Sherriff 62), John Doolan, Chris Basham (Tom Farrell 63), Joe Thompson, Adam Le Fondre (Ben Wharton 60), Will Buckley.

Unused substitutes :

Steve Collins (GK) and Simon Williams.

United line-up :

Chris Howarth, Paul Arnison, Zigor Aranalde, Darren Campion, Dan Wordsworth, Neale McDermott, Luke Joyce, Chris Lumsdon, Jeff Smith, Danny Carlton, Gary Madine (Stephen Hindmarch 65).

Unused substitutes :

Grant Carson (GK), Shaun Vipond, Tom Aldred and Matt Duffy.

Results in the division this week, all Wednesday :

Accrington Stanley 0-5 Manchester City (2pm)
Bury 2-3 Wrexham (2pm)
Chester 0-4 Blackpool (2pm)
Preston North End 3-0 Burnley (7pm)
Rochdale 0-3 Carlisle (2pm)
Tranmere 0-0 Morecambe (7pm)

Fixtures in the division next week, all Wednesday :

Blackpool v Burnley (7pm)
Carlisle United v Rochdale (7pm)
Chester v Accrington Stanley (2pm)
Manchester City v Wrexham (7pm)
Tranmere v Bury (7pm)

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