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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Mark Ellis (14')
  • Padraig Amond (38')

Newport hold Carlisle to draw in Keith Curle's last game as manager

Carlisle were unable to hand manager Keith Curle a win to mark his final game in charge of the Cumbrians as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newport.
Curle announced last month he was leaving the club after three-and-a-half years at the helm.
Newport fought back after conceding an early Mark Ellis goal to equalise with Padriag Amond's 15th goal of the season.
However, with both sides outside of the play-off picture, the result was largely academic.
Carlisle dictated the pace from the outset, with Richie Bennett providing an early test for County goalkeeper Joe Day.
A goal looked to be coming and it was duly supplied in the 14th minute by home defender Ellis, who found space in the penalty area to firmly head home Danny Grainger's corner from the left.
Bennett was again on target with a low first-time effort which was dealt with by Day and Newport central defender Mark O'Brien was just off target with a glancing header as the visitors began to gain a foothold in the match.
Newport drew level in the 38th minute when Amond got on the end of Robbie Willmott's cross from the right to plant a header just inside the right-hand post, with Jack Bonham in goal unable to react.
Jamie Devitt almost restored Carlisle's lead two minutes after the break with a 25-yard free-kick that rattled the post with Day at full struggling to get across his line.
The woodwork came to County's aid again in the 59th minute when Clint Hill met a ball from the right to send his header past Day, only to see it come back off the bar.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +19 43
2 Lincoln City 20 +18 41
3 Colchester United 21 +15 38
4 Bury 21 +19 36
5 Mansfield Town 20 +15 35
6 Newport County 21 -2 35
7 Tranmere Rovers 21 +6 34
8 Forest Green Rovers 21 +9 33
9 Exeter City 21 +6 31
10 Stevenage 21 0 31
11 Swindon Town 21 -4 30
12 Oldham Athletic 21 +7 29
13 Carlisle United 21 -2 27
14 Northampton Town 21 -2 26
15 Port Vale 21 -3 26
16 Crawley Town 20 -4 26
17 Crewe Alexandra 21 -5 25
18 Grimsby Town 21 -9 22
19 Morecambe 21 -13 22
20 Yeovil Town 19 0 21
21 Cheltenham Town 20 -11 20
22 Cambridge United 21 -16 19
23 Notts County 21 -21 16
24 Macclesfield Town 21 -22 13