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Mellish back on Target; CARLISLE UTD 2 Dickenson 8, Mellish 60 SALFORD CITY 1 Morris 44.

Byline: IAN MURTAGH at Brunton Park

JON MELLISH is up and running for the campaign and now Carlisle will be hoping history can repeat itself.

The floodgates opened for defender-turned-midfielder Mellish (right) when he broke his duck last autumn, going on a run of 12 goals in 14 games.

After drawing a blank so far this season, he was back on the goals trail with a 60th-minute winner as the Cumbrians finally won at Brunton Park after six successive home draws.

Manager Chris Beech is not demanding a repeat of his 16-goal haul last year.

"Jon is so much more than a goalscoring midfielder for us," he said. "I was just as delighted with his block which saved a goal late on as the one he scored.

"He's already been involved in a few this season and his workrate and heart are invaluable to us."

Defeat was harsh on a Salford side who had dominated early on but found home goalkeeper Magnus Norman in sparkling form.

Brennan Dickenson also got off the mark for the season. with Carlisle's opener inside 10 minutes.

Only Norman's heroics had kept Carlisle's goal intact until Josh Morris's 44th-minute equaliser.

The home side were muchimproved after the break and regained the lead when Salford failed to clear Callum Guy's cross and Mellish raced into crash home.

Salford faded badly after going behind for the second time, leaving boss Gary Bowyer frustrated. "We should have been out of sight at halftime," he said.

"But in three or four of our games so far, the opposition keeper has had the game of his life."

CARLISLE UNITED: Norman 8; K Mellor 7, McDonald 6, Whelan 6, Armer 6; Riley 6, Guy 7, Mellish 7; Abraham 5 (Alessandra 74, 5), Clough 5 (Gibson 54, 7), Dickenson 7 (Mampala 82).

Unused Subs: Jensen, Charters, Feeney, Young. SALFORD CITY: Jeacock 6; Shephard 7 (Elliott 79), Ndaba 6, Turnbull 6, Touray 6 Lowe 6, Lund 7 (Willock 82); Asante 6 (Hunter 60, 5), McAleny 7, Morris 8; Henderson 7. Unused Subs: Torrance, D Mellor, Smith, Nmai.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Magnus Norman. Carlisle could not have won without his first half goalkeeping heroics. REFEREE: Martin Coy 7.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
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Date:Sep 5, 2021
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