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Brunton Park (ATT 5,941) 6th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Sutton

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Notts County Notts Co

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Notts Co 3

J Hughes (13)
F Zoko (og 32)
L Hughes (45+3)

County crush poor Carlisle

Last Updated: 06/08/11 6:02pm

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Hughes: Got on County scoresheet

Hughes: Got on County scoresheet

Notts County got their League One season off to a dream start as a dominant first-half effort set up a 3-0 win at Carlisle.

The Cumbrians started slowly and it was no surprise to see the visitors building the pressure early on. After 13 minutes, they opened the scoring in controversial fashion.

Lee Hughes appeared to foul Peter Murphy in the build-up but, when the referee waved play on, Jeff Hughes swept the ball home from the left, leaving the home fans jeering in disapproval.

After half an hour, and with Carlisle no closer to threatening, the Magpies doubled their lead. A Matty Robson foul gave County a free-kick and Alan Sheehan's delivery was headed by Francois Zoko past his own goalkeeper.

Frank Simek was forced off injured before Notts County's third, Lee Hughes intercepting a loose pass before rounding Adam Collin and sliding home.

The divisive striker was substituted after another ugly foul earned him a yellow card but Carlisle could not get back into the game, despite the introduction of Rory Loy and Andy Welsh from the bench in the second period. Welsh, installed on the wing after replacing Paul Thirlwell, looked lively but County cantered towards the final whistle.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12