Midfielder Taylor Charters made appearance number 15 for his hometown club on Saturday afternoon but there’s no doubt it’ll be the one he never forgets with it being his first ever league start for the Blues.
And what a game it turned out to be for the 19-year-old as he went close to scoring on a number of occasions, having provided the assist for Omari Patrick’s opening goal of the encounter.
Speaking about the debut after the game, manager Chris Beech said: “It was very pleasing, well done, Carlisle lads, come through the youth system, well done to everybody because of that.
“The traits and trends I’m trying to teach the young players about winning, competing, and there’s no question about it, Taylor will score goals at league level football, no question Josh Dixon will end up in his mid-20s if his attitude to win the ball back is strong, and to dominate games.
“Those are the traits you try and teach younger players, because it seems to get lost a bit in academy type football. Everybody wants to win, you have to be careful how you coach young players now, but you have to make sure there’s a reason why.
“Any successful individual has generally had some tough love on and in them in their upbringing, whether it’s Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton, constantly on the track in the go-kart as a young kid, boxers, and if we can try and stick to traits where we’re pushing them as individuals as far as possible, we’ll be helping them.
“It’s great to see Lewi Bell on the pitch, Taylor Charters on the pitch, Josh Dixon and Fish on the bench, it’s good to see and if anything it makes an older pro look over their shoulder and think about it, and that’s what we have to try and create.”
“It’s about constantly learning,” he continued. “Taylor stepped up, but he knows, and it’s good – he got his fingers burned at Sunderland because Joe Riley stepped up. Joe got a place in midfield from that game where Taylor didn’t because he struggled and came off.
“I did say at the time, people, to improve, have to go through these experiences. On our factory, our floor, I don’t want us to lose while we try and develop. I want us to hold onto wining and developing, try and mirror the two, that’s happened.
“Taylor’s been training harder, more aggressive, I’d noticed it. I told him he was going to play and he went yeah, no worries. He should have scored, not could have – if he wants to really do anything, go and score. In his contract it doesn’t say you are not allowed to hit the target.
“He deserved the positive comments he got after the game and I’m really pleased for him and his family. You can see in Taylor’s personality that he’s been brought up the right way.
"He listens to everything, he responds to the best of his ability to anything positive or negative that comes his way, and if he continues to work as hard he’ll score goals at Football League level and create a career for himself.
“I push players hard, some don’t like it, but successful players have usually been pushed at some stage. Taylor is a great example of that, he’s got his head down and worked very hard, then represented Cumbria and Carlisle like that on his debut in a 2-0 away win. I’m so pleased for the Charters’ family.”
“In all my youth departments at Bury, people like Dale Stephens, David Worrall, coming through those systems,” he explained. “Rochdale there was Scott Hogan, Will Buckley, Jamie Allen, Callum Camps, Andy Cannon.
“It’s what I try and do and if something’s left behind, brilliant. People can benefit from it. I want to make sure we and I do, and Carlisle fans do.
“Taylor played well and he’s also from Cumbria so that’s bound to get him the man of the match votes. He deserves it.”