Carlisle’s winless run was extended to 12 League Two games as Harrogate snatched an unlikely victory.
Despite a four-match goal drought at Brunton Park in the league, the home side started promisingly and nearly opened the scoring inside eight minutes.
Aston Villa loanee Brad Young twice went close in quick succession, first redirecting an enticing Jordan Gibson cross onto the woodwork before heading over from close range soon after.
Luke Armstrong spurned a glorious chance to score an undeserved opener for the visitors when he directed a header straight at Mark Howard, but his blushes were saved soon after.
Inside one minute of added time, George Thomson shirked a weak Brennan Dickenson challenge before firing emphatically low into the far corner.
Despite the setback, the Cumbrians continued in the ascendancy after the restart with both Young and Zach Clough going agonisingly close to finding a leveller.
However, their wastefulness in front of goal was punished by the visitors again when Jack Diamond’s strike was parried into the path of Alex Pattison, who secured the victory.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 4DevineSubstituted forChartersat 85′minutes
- 8GuyBooked at 57mins
- 30YoungSubstituted forMampalaat 69′minutes
- 14AbrahamsSubstituted forFishburnat 68′minutes
- 6Toko Lema Dinzeyi
- 14SheronBooked at 41mins
- 6BurrellBooked at 90mins
- 4FalkinghamSubstituted forPowerat 82′minutes
- 18MuldoonSubstituted forKerryat 72′minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Harrogate Town 2.
Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Harrogate Town 2.
Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Lloyd Kerry.
Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Sam Fishburn (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town).
Zach Clough (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town).
Callum Guy (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Diamond (Harrogate Town).
Attempt saved. Corey Whelan (Carlisle United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rod McDonald with a headed pass.
Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Warren Burrell.
Attempt blocked. Sam Fishburn (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Zach Clough with a cross.
Rod McDonald (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Connor Hall (Harrogate Town).
Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Mark Howard.
Attempt saved. Luke Armstrong (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Luke Armstrong (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pattison.
Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Carlisle United).