A rampant Carlisle United display meant that United continued their three game winning spell, racking up seven goals in the process. Three first-half goals from the captain, Nick Anderton, Josh Kayode and Lewis Alessandra killed the game off early on. Substitute Joe Riley added a fourth on the 73rd minute to push Carlisle into the automatic promotion spots.
The Cumbrians felt on top of the world, after navigating tricky tests against Bradford and Salford in the previous two fixtures. Stevenage were on the opposite scale with only one win in their last 18 games, but these are the type of statistics that terrify Carlisle fans at the best of times.
Once again the Blues would be roared on by 2000 passionate Cumbrians, hoping for a ferocious start. An early penalty shout came on the third minute, when playmaker, Lewis Alessandra latched on to a ball over the top and was bundled over by Vancooten. Nothing was given.
United broke the deadlock in the eighth minute through a Nick Anderton thunderbolt of a free-kick. 25 or so yards out Callum Guy laid off the left-back, who hammered a low shot which was spilt into his net by Chelsea loanee, Jamie Cumming.
The Cumbrians were relentless and scored again when Josh Kayode bulleted a header past Jamie Cumming in the Stevenage goal. Guy racked up another assist, this time with a lovely cross into the six-yard box which Kayode powered home to make Carlisle very comfortable.
Carlisle threatened again on the 29th minute after a Josh Kayode long-throw dropped to Lewis Alessandra, but he could only fire his volley into the Waterworks End.
Lewis Alessandra then really went for the kill on the 33rd minute, he again made himself a nuisance up front after an Anderton clearance and found himself racing through on goal. Marshalled by Prosser, he drove on into the box and fired low into the right-hand corner to seal United’s third in quick succession.
There was one more opportunity for United before the end of half through winger, Omari Patrick. The ball fell to the former Bradford City man, but he could only pull his snapshot wide of the mark. Carlisle United went into the break three-nil up.
The Cumbrians started the second half brightly led by in-form George Tanner, who worked his way down the right to cross, but Kayode could only head the ball into the side netting. Light relief for a battered and bruised Stevenage side.
Anderton almost doubled his tally for the season after a he got his head to a Kayode long throw, but he could only direct his header straight at the Stevenage stopper.
United added a fourth through an absolute belter of a volley from former Manchester United prospect, Joe Riley. Another long throw from Kayode was flicked on by Aaron Hayden the ball then fell to Riley, who thundered a volley into the roof of the net.
Just as Stevenage kicked off for a fifth time things soon went from bad to worse, central defender, Luke Prosser seemed to take a heavy touch from a simple pass back to him and lunged into the tackle to reprive the error. Unfortunately for him, he caught United midfielder Jon Mellish and was shortly shown a second yellow by referee Robert Lewis.
Defender, Rhys Bennett who is a man in prolific form had a chance on the 78th minute when a Callum Guy corner dropped to him in the box however the athletic striker could only slice a half volley wide with his left foot.
The exciting Frenchman Gime Toure came on to try and add to United’s goal difference. He came very close to doing so when he met a hanging cross from Guy but could only direct it into the side netting.
The hunt for Stevenage’s first away win of the season continues which leaves them second from bottom in the table they face a tough trip to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night. Carlisle United are flying and are up to third in the table; United could bring the gap at the top of the table down to one point if things go their way on Tuesday night when they face Mansfield Town at home.
Man of the match: Lewis Alessandra