Match ends, Stevenage 3, Carlisle United 1.
Second-half goals from Luke Norris and Arthur Read proved the difference as Stevenage saw off 10-man Carlisle 3-1 at the Lamex Stadium.
After a relatively even start, things took a turn for the worse for the visitors just past the 15-minute mark when Rod McDonald was sent off for pulling down Elliott List when through on goal.
Stevenage soon took advantage with Tom Pett's creative finish from a corner kick, flicking the ball up to himself before volleying home on the turn.
From there the game was mostly one-way traffic but the visitors got the next goal, Brennan Dickenson with a neat turn on the edge of the box before unleashing a curling effort that got a slight deflection past the outstretched arm of Jamie Cumming.
The home side were able to pull away though, first through Norris' fierce shot from the edge of the box on the hour mark.
Read then ended any comeback hopes with a neat finish from Elliot Osborne's through ball 19 minutes from time.
Report supplied by PA Media
- 8OsborneSubstituted forAitchisonat 86'minutes
- 40LinesBooked at 64mins
- 2TannerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forChartersat 78'minutes
- 13McDonaldBooked at 18mins
- 17ArmerSubstituted forAndertonat 78'minutes
- 7RileySubstituted forAlessandraat 77'minutes
- 8GuyBooked at 45mins
- 12MellishSubstituted forPatrickat 52'minutes
- 20ToureSubstituted forHaydenat 22'minutes
- Brett Huxtable
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Carlisle United 1.
Offside, Stevenage. Luther Wildin tries a through ball, but Arthur Read is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Arthur Read (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Nick Anderton (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Hayden with a headed pass.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Luther Wildin.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Ben Coker.
Attempt blocked. Omari Patrick (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Alessandra.
Foul by Jack Aitchison (Stevenage).
Aaron Hayden (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Coker.
Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Aitchison replaces Elliot Osborne.
Foul by Luke Norris (Stevenage).
Rhys Bennett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.
Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott List.
Attempt missed. Elliot Osborne (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Arthur Read.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Nick Anderton replaces Jack Armer.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Taylor Charters replaces George Tanner.