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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 8,285) 9th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Carlisle United Carlisle

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Pirates slain by Carlton

Youngster inspires Cumbrians

Last Updated: 09/08/08 8:50pm

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Carlton: Match-winner

Carlton: Match-winner

Two goals from young striker Danny Carlton helped Carlisle banish last season's play-off blues with a dramatic 3-2 opening day victory at Bristol Rovers.

Rovers struck first when Rickie Lambert netted with a 15th-minute header from Craig Disley's cross, but Carlton equalised three minutes later, deftly nodding home a centre from Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

A sweet left-footed strike from the edge of the box by Bridge-Wilkinson put Carlisle ahead in first-half injury time and Carlton wrapped up the points with a clinical right-footed finish before Andy Williams grabbed a last-gasp consolation.

Simon Hackney hit a post for the visitors in the 39th minute with a curling effort from 25 yards, and John Ward's team were well worth the three points.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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