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Lambe plays part in Carlisle cup win

Reggie Lambe made an immediate impact on his first match back with Carlisle United after international duty with the Bermuda national team.

The Bermuda captain had an assist in the Cumbrians' 3-2 triumph over Oldham Athletic in the first round of the FA Cup at Brunton Park on Saturday.

Midfielder Lambe and his team-mates were firmly in the driver's seat at 3-0 up but conceded two late goals as the Latics staged a fightback that ultimately came up short as the hosts held on to advance to the next round of the oldest association football competition in the world.

“It was a tough match,” Lambe, who led Bermuda in a 3-2 home defeat against Barbados the previous week, told The Royal Gazette.v “We went ahead 3-0 but let them back in the game.

“But in the end we contained our lead and put ourselves in the draw for the next round.

“Good character from everyone to make sure we came away victorious.”

Richard Bennett opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a close-range header from a set piece before fellow forward Hallam Hope added a second in the 36th minute with a left-footed shot from outside of the box to give the hosts a 2-0 cushion at half-time.

The Cumbrians extended their lead right on the hour mark when Bennett grabbed his second goal after getting on the end of Lambe's cross following a delightful move that sliced the visitors apart.

However, the complexion of the match changed dramatically after Oldham defender Peter Clarke scored with a header and Aaron Holloway came off the bench to add a second to set up a nervy finish.

The game opened up towards the end with both teams creating chances, the best of which fell to Clarke who broke free on goal only to see what looked a certain equaliser saved by Carlisle goalkeeper Jack Bonham.

Meanwhile, Nahki Wells was not named in Burnley's squad for Saturday's Premier League clash at Southampton.

There had been enormous speculation that the Bermuda striker would feature in Sean Dyche's squad for the second straight match after getting another 90 minutes under his belt and scoring a hat-trick in Burnley Under-23's 4-0 Premier League Cup triumph over Colchester United on Thursday night.

However, this was not the case as Wells was overlooked after fellow striker Chris Wood returned to the squad from hamstring injury.

A late header from Sam Vokes, who came on as a 65th minute substitute for Wood, earned Burnley a 1-0 victory over the Saints at St Mary's.

Reggie Lambe set up Richard Bennett's second goal and Carlisle's third in their FA Cup first-round win over Oldham (Photograph courtesy of Carlisle United)

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Published November 05, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Updated November 05, 2017 at 12:27 pm)

Lambe plays part in Carlisle cup win

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