Date: 19th January 2006 at 11:59am
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In damp and thoroughly miserable conditions, Carlisle United played some of their best football of the season to totally destroy any hope that the home side had of back to back league victories. The Blues faithful were again out in force and sang their hearts out from the terracing as their heroes quite simply took Boston United apart on the pitch.
No one expected the rout that it was, at half time a solitary and well worked Karl Hawley strike separated the two sides, 1-0 being the scoreline. However, there was always the feeling that more goals were to come.
In truth, Boston never troubled the Blues defence throughout the first half.
In the second half, the show truly belonged to Carlisle United and in particular to Michael Bridges who scored an exceptional hat-trick to put the game beyond doubt. Karl Hawley added a fifth in injury time to inflict Boston United’s heaviest home league defeat since joniing the football league.
United now sit in second position in the league, with a plus 20 goal margin and are one point behind leaders Wycombe Wanerers. They are also 11 points clear of seventh place in the league, now giving themselves a real chance of a play off place. They have however played one more game than some of their rivals.