Ryan Bowman then hit a powerful volley just inches wide in the closing stages of the first-half before Rochdale went 2-0 up through another poor goal from a Carlisle defensive perspective. The Blues did have a sniff of something when James Reid netted moments later to pull a goal back after a mistake by the Rochdale goalkeeper but a shot from just outside the United box made it 3-1 to the visitors who bounced back well after losing 4-0 at home to Wrexham earlier in the week.
As for Carlisle, well, we have another home game next week, this time against Oldham and Blues boss Eric Kinder will be looking for a much better showing than he got today. Kinder suggesting after the match that the lads may have underestimated their opponents after facing some, on paper, tougher sides in pre-season.
United line-up :
Mark Gillespie (Jon Ball 20), James Wood, Ben Richards-Everton, Steven Swinglehurst (Paddy O'Brien 60), Kieran Cahill, Ben McKenna, Matt Osmond, Phil Towler (James Reid 46), Sean Law, Liam Davison, Ryan Bowman.
Unused substitutes :
James Bonner and Mark Sloan.
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