Salford 1 - 1 Carlisle: Resilient Cumbrians frustrate promotion chasers 
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Salford City missed the opportunity to climb into the league two automatic promotion places after a hard fought draw against Carlisle at Moor lane.

It was a game of few chances where neither side was able to fully take control of the game.

Salford largely dominated possession but were unable to break down a resilient Carlisle defence, with the points being shared come the final whistle. 

Story of the match

Both sides came into the game on the back of opposing runs of form, Salford having won their last two while Carlisle were still searching for their first points since January. 

And it was the Lancashire side who started the game the stronger, enjoying the majority of possession in the early stages of the game. 

Salford thought they had taken an early lead when Paul Coutts had the ball in the back of the net after smashing in a loose ball from a Richie Towell set piece in the fifth minute, before being disallowed following a foul in the box. 

It was the Cumbrians however who took the lead against the run of play in the eleventh minute when George Tanner drove home from the edge of the box following a dangerous Nick Anderton cross. 

Despite enjoying nearly 70% of the first half possession, the Ammies struggled to create any clear cut chances before the break, coming closest when an Ian Henderson header forced a brilliant reflex save out of Carlisle goalkeeper Paul Furman mid way through the half, before being judged offside. 

Both teams came out with greater attacking intent in the second period however, with blues defender Aaron Hayden having his header blocked on the line in the 50th minute after getting on the end of Brennan Dickenson corner. 

Richie Wellens side though began to take greater control of the game as the half went on, Jason Lowe coming close to an equaliser in the 52nd minute, missing great a 1 on 1 opportunity after being played through by Henderson. 

The Cumbrians eventually succumbed to the non-stop Salford pressure when Furman could only parry a close Thomas Asante shot into the path of James Wilson who poked home to equalise from six yards.

Despite both sides pushing for a late winner neither could carve out a clear chance, the shared points seeing Salford fall to fifth in the table while Carlisle remain in ninth.

Man of the Match - Ian Henderson 

In a game devoid of goal scoring opportunities Henderson proved the most dangerous threat on the pitch. 

His through balls  penetrated the Cumbrian defence numerous times throughout the match, most notably when he played a superb ball from the deep creating the chance for Asante which lead to Wilsons goal. 

The veteran striker came close to scoring himself in both the halves of the game, and was unlucky not to snatch all three points for his side when he miscued a shot from close range in the games dying moments.