Saturday saw us make our way up to Brunton Park home of Carlisle United. I remember last seasons trip up there between Christmas and New Year and how cold it was that afternoon. This time round it was slightly warmer which helped us all sat in the stands.
The coach trip to Carlisle was a smooth one with no real traffic hold ups. The conversation as always turned to the game. As we approached the ground the squad is announced. It was good to see Ben Stephens and Nathan Cameron back in the starting eleven. Despite this, the midfield worried me a little as we were without Jak McCourt and Jay Harris who are both great players for us.
After paying our respects to the fallen heroes of our past, it was time for the game to start.
The ball went back and forth with half chances for both side although it did feel that more fell to the Silkmen.
Then finally in the 25th minute a goal came and it came to the Silkmen! The ball fell to Theo Archibald on the edge of the area where he struck the ball sweetly and sent it flying in to the top corner to hand us the lead.
Only moments later we were awarded a free kick just out side of the Carlisle area. This free kick resulted in a penalty when a member of the Carlisle wall was judged to have handled the ball.
Up stepped Joe Ironside but it was saved by the Carlisle 'keeper - stopping is from doubling our lead.
Minutes later McKirdy drew Carlisle level with a goal he knew very little about.
Macc kicked-off the second half with very little happening until the 63rd minute when once again up stepped Theo Archibald who saw his shot deflect of the crossbar. Ben Stephens followed this up and headed in to the back of the net but the flag had been raised for offside.
Devastatingly on the 82nd minute a wicked deflection fell to Carlisle who went on to score there second which was how the game finished.
Despite the defeat, I saw a team giving there all not only for each other but also for everyone in the stands.
See you all against Kingstonian.