Cumbrians win eases worries
Last Updated: March 9, 2013 6:43pm
Sean O'Hanlon: Got on the scoresheet
Carlisle took a big step towards safety in npower League One with a 2-0 home win over promotion hopefuls Brentford.
The Cumbrians led through Sean O'Hanlon's header midway through the first half and made sure of a first win in seven games with a second-half strike by teenager Mark Beck, his sixth goal of the season.
Brentford had a definite edge in first-half possession, but failed to make the most of the chances they created and it was Carlisle who snatched the lead in the 22nd minute when Jon-Paul McGovern's free-kick was met by O'Hanlon, who beat goalkeeper Simon Moore with a looping header from 12 yards.
Carlisle almost added to their advantage soon after when Moore had to make a smart double save, initially to block Beck's header and then to get down at the feet of Matty Robson, who had followed up.
Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie proved equally alert at the other end, diving full-length to divert Adam Forshaw's 25-yard drive for a corner.
Bees went close again when central defender Liam Moore blasted a rasping right-footed shot over the crossbar from a dangerous position inside the area.
Bees' leading goalscorer Clayton Donaldson should have done better with a free header at the far post, but Carlisle caught the visitors napping in the 54th minute when Brad Potts stole possession and ran through the middle before feeding Beck, who converted from 12 yards.
Carlisle's defence held strong in the face of late Brentford pressure and James Berrett nearly capped a breakaway with a third near the end when Moore only just managed to keep out a piledriver.
npower League 1
Sat 9th Mar
Bournemth1 - 2Doncaster
Carlisle2 - 0Brentford
Colchester1 - 2Crewe
Crawley0 - 0Notts Co
Hartlepool0 - 0Yeovil
Portsmouth2 - 0Bury
Preston2 - 0Stevenage
Scunthorpe1 - 2Coventry
Sheff Utd0 - 0MK Dons
Shrewsbury0 - 2Leyton Or
Swindon2 - 2Walsall
Tranmere1 - 0Oldham
npower League 1
|11||Milton Keynes Dons||0||0|
|16||Preston North End||0||0|