Carlisle 1-0 Crewe: Ashley Nadesan secures hosts' third win in three
Last Updated: 25/08/18 8:16pm
Carlisle made it three wins in a row beating Crewe 1-0 thanks to a second half Ashley Nadesan goal.
Alex gave a much improved showing after their 6-0 mid-week humbling, but were unable to find a way through a solid Carlisle defence.
Carlisle posed an early threat through Hallam Hope who, following a slick passing move, fired just over from 20 yards.
However Crewe looked resolute at the back after their mid-week hiding and Callum Ainley's 22nd minute corner, from the left, presented Perry Ng with a free header 10 yards from goal. However the full-back skewed his effort wide of the right hand post.
When Jordan Bowery got free on the left, Carlisle goalkeeper Joe Fryer stuck out a leg to prevent the Alex forward from scoring and it was Crewe who finished the first period looking the more likely to break the deadlock.
A sickening collision early in the second halt resulted in a lengthy hold up before Fryer and Crewe skipper Paul Green were both stretchered off with leg injuries.
Substitute goalkeeper Adam Collin was straight in the action making a fine double save from Ryan Wintle's shot and Bowery's follow up header.
Carlisle grabbed a 69th minute lead when Nadesan, on loan from Fleetwood, seized on a Richie Bennett header to hold off Michael Raynes's challenge and slip the ball past Ben Garratt.
Raynes just missed with a header and Carlisle held out under late pressure after eight minutes of added time.