United's second pre-season fixture of the summer was another local trip, with Kendal Town our hosts on Wednesday evening.

The majority of the squad was split between the first and the second half, as per last Friday night at Penrith, with keeper Tomas Holy and striker Kris Dennis featuring for 60 minutes.

Taylor Charters, Sam Fishburn and Omari Patrick continued to look after their respective pre-season knocks and niggles.

Kendal had the first opportunity to cause havoc with just one minute on the clock when Sailor was toppled tight by the corner flag. Wraighte was up to help with the delivery and it needed Dickenson with his head and Carr with a volley to tidy things up.

But it was suddenly all about Carlisle and Hilton forced the first save of the night when he spun sharply to shoot low. McClenaghan got down to palm it away.

Dickenson was over quickly to take the corner and he picked out Dennis at the front stick. The keeper got in the way of his flick, but Tobi Sho-Silva was there to sweep it into the net.

A second corner brought another accurate raker from Dickenson, and Dennis protected it with his back to goal. His snapshot was blocked, and Mellish was thwarted as he followed up on the loose pieces.

Forward Tobi Sho-Silva was on the move to meet a long ball forward and he controlled tightly before sliding Dennis into space. A lovely chip had the glovesman beaten but it landed on the roof of the net.

United were clearly up for it and an overlap from Gibson was complemented with a peach of a cross. Dennis threw himself at it but McClenaghan did well to spread himself and prevent what looked to be a certain net bulger.

The lead was doubled when Mellish hit the afterburners to break through the lines. Sho-Silva and Dickenson combined and Kristian Dennis was there to nod it in from close range.

It became three as United kept the pressure on when Hilton showed excellent control inside the area. He dropped a shoulder, moved away form his man and guided his shot past the dive from the keeper.

A high tempo was maintained and Gibson worked space before popping a beauty into the mix. Sho-Silva had followed the movement and that gave him the time he needed to force it over the line, on the slide.

Sonny Hilton doubled his account for the night moments later - and he had Dennis to thank after he'd plucked a difficult deep ball out of the ether. His fierce thunderbolt was fisted by McClenaghan but Hilton showed first to stab it into the empty target.

The lively Kris Dennis was everywhere, and he made an outswinger from Carr his own as he leaped to meet it. Good placement from the man with the gloves made the save an easy one.

Kendal found room to work in the opposition half just before the break when Lynch used pace to get into the box. His pull back begged to be struck, but it was a yard behind Yawson and the moment was gone.

A perfect pass from Guy started the second half as Edmondson pulled wide on the right. His first touch was sublime, and he set off with purpose into the box. His cross was blocked as he tired to find Bollado.

United had Armer and Dennis linking well and that outlet brought a dipper of a cross which was met on the full by Edmondson. His header was clawed over the bar by McClenaghan.

Trialist Jamie Devitt showed his range of passing with a precise crossfield slicer that set Edmondson on his way. He checked back and shot from 10-yards but the keeper was able to beat it away.

Wide man Lewis Bell demonstrated fleet of foot when he ghosted past two. Devitt took over with a clip of a cross, and there was a scramble as it pinged around inside the box. 

The corner brought more of the same, and it was eventually fed out to Devitt, who was just a whisker away with a rattler of a connection that grazed the bar.

Goal number six came after good endeavour from Edmondson and Nugent released Bollado. He showed great strength and composure as he muscled his marker out of the way before poking it away.

The woodwork got in the way when Edmondson nodded a guided pass from Armer onto the bar, after Devitt had found the left back with a great pass, and Devitt was then furious with himself when he did all the hard work before screwing a shot wide from the edge of the box.

The popular midfielder made amends almost immediately as he capitalised on tidy touches from Bollado. The pass from the second year scholar invited a finish, and it was crisp and accurate when it came.

A ricochet almost gifted Kendal a goal at the other end when Sailor broke clear, but Breeze was off his line quickly to make an excellent stop.

And that was punished at the other end when Devitt bagged his second with a powerful finish on the angle after he'd rolled his man. 

Bollado blazed over as the clock ticked down, when he tried to put his laces through a pass from Edmondson, and the striker was thwarted once more when he volleyed from a Devitt pass. McClenaghan was immense with an instinctive reaction.

And the game was wrapped up with a hat-trick from Devitt when he let fly from distance. It skipped off the surface and that was enough to take into the corner of the net.



Carlisle United - Sho-Silva (6, 28), Dennis (22), Hilton (26, 32), Bollado (72), Devitt (79, 83, 90)



Kendal Town - McClenaghan, Wraighte, Hankinson, Thomas, Grundy, Nightingale (c), Croskell-Robinson, Egan, Lynch, Sailor, Yawson. Subs - Wilcock (gk), Keito, Jessop, Mobbs, Basterfield, Redmayne, Backhouse, Ellis, Wilcock.

Kendal used multiple subs

Carlisle United (first 45) - Holy (Breeze 62), Barclay, Feeney (c), Mellish, Carr, Gibson, Moxon, Dickenson, Sho-Silva, Hilton, Dennis (Nugent 62).

Carlisle United (second 45) - Holy, Ellis, Whelan, Kilsby, Bell, Guy (c), Devitt, Armer, Dennis, Bollado, Edmondson.


Attendance - tbc

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