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Around League Two

12 March 2020

With the 2019/20 season now in it's penultimate month, the stakes are getting higher at both the top and the bottom of the table. Here are some of the stories which have dominated the week's headlines -

Carlisle Record Comfortable Victory Over Newport County 

Carlisle United put on a dominant performance on Tuesday evening, as they won 2 - 0 at home to Newport County. 

The Cumbrians were ahead after just five minutes when former Wrexham player Omari Patrick headed home from a corner. 

They doubled their lead on 33 minutes, when Josh Kayode converted a penalty after Jack Bridge was brought down by Dale Gorman. 

Things went from bad to worse for the Exiles before half-time when defender Ryan Inniss was given a straight red card after a late tackle on Kayode. 

The visitors struggled to respond in the second-half and the result now means that they’ve lost their last six away matches in League Two. 

Manager Michael Flynn said: "It was a sloppy start. After five minutes, all the hard work, the preparation, is put on the backburner.” 

"We're trying every single thing to turn around our away form and it's really frustrating because that’s what has killing us,” he added. 


Bonner Given Cambridge Job Permanently 

Mark Bonner has been announced by Cambridge United as their new permanent head coach and has signed a contract which lasts till the end of next season. 

The 34-year-old won four of his seven matches in charge as caretaker boss following the departure of Colin Calderwood in late January. 

He’s also been assistant boss, first–team coach and academy manager of The U’s, who are now looking for Bonner’s deputy. 

Owner Paul Barry said: He is Cambridge United through and through and has genuinely earned this opportunity over the years.” 

While Chairman Shaun Grady said: Mark was our unanimous choice as head coach and someone we genuinely believe we can build the future of this football club around." 


Taylor Tells Players To Step Up 

Exeter City have been told by their manager to improve their performances after slipping out of the top three as they chase promotion from League Two. 

"I don't want us to be nearly men, I want us to get over the line" said 38-year-old boss Matt Taylor. 

The Grecians are winless in four and are now three points behind arch-rivals Plymouth Argyle in the league standings. 

"There's a line in front of you, step forward as you have to get over it” he added. "The biggest pressure is probably playing and staying in the team. 

"The moment someone takes a backward step away from the real action then I'll have to change it. 

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