Carlisle 1-1 Newport: Keith Curle held in final game
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 05/05/18 5:47pm
Carlisle were unable to hand manager Keith Curle a win to mark his final game in charge of the Cumbrians as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Newport.
Curle announced last month he was leaving the club after three-and-a-half years at the helm.
Newport fought back after conceding an early Mark Ellis goal to equalise with Padriag Amond's 15th goal of the season.
However, with both sides outside of the play-off picture, the result was largely academic.
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Carlisle dictated the pace from the outset, with Richie Bennett providing an early test for County goalkeeper Joe Day.
A goal looked to be coming and it was duly supplied in the 14th minute by home defender Ellis, who found space in the penalty area to firmly head home Danny Grainger's corner from the left.
Bennett was again on target with a low first-time effort which was dealt with by Day and Newport central defender Mark O'Brien was just off target with a glancing header as the visitors began to gain a foothold in the match.
Newport drew level in the 38th minute when Amond got on the end of Robbie Willmott's cross from the right to plant a header just inside the right-hand post, with Jack Bonham in goal unable to react.
Jamie Devitt almost restored Carlisle's lead two minutes after the break with a 25-yard free-kick that rattled the post with Day at full struggling to get across his line.
The woodwork came to County's aid again in the 59th minute when Clint Hill met a ball from the right to send his header past Day, only to see it come back off the bar.