Carlton gets Carlisle boost
Under-fire striker Danny Carlton scored his first goal in a year for Carlisle on Saturday.
Last Updated: 13/07/08 6:27pm
Under-fire striker Danny Carlton has double cause for celebration after scoring for Carlisle and being reassured of his future.
The striker last scored for the Cumbrians in a friendly at Morecambe shortly after his transfer from Christie Park last July.
But he then failed to net in six starts and 29 substitute appearances in the league and cup last term.
But he finally got on the scoresheet again on Saturday, when he headed United's third goal in their 4-0 friendly win at Kendal.
In an added bonus, Carlisle boss John Ward has given the striker his full backing.
Ward told the News & Star: "People have been talking about Danny going somewhere else, but I don't want him anywhere but here.
"I've told him to get on with it - we've got six weeks of pre-season, and it's his chance to get some goals and get around the first team.
"He's a willing runner, a hard worker and his goal will have done him the world of good."
Ward added: "The team did very well last season and it was tough for Danny to break into it.
"But I want him to get some confidence that he can be around the first team. There's no reason why he can't."
Scott Dobie scored twice and Luke Joyce also found the net in the victory over Kendal in their first pre-season workout.
Ben Williams and Josh Gowling were handed their debuts in the game and Ward was pleased with his side's efforts.
He said: "When you are a new player your first game is a big thing, but they've done very well.
"We looked in good condition considering it's the end of our first week and I'm happy with how we played."