Carlisle United v ECFC 09.02.80
Carlisle United 4-1 ECFC
CARLISLE were in no mood to toy with one-time promotion hopefuls Exeter. It brought them some fine rewards-four first-half goals and the third biggest winning margin of the season. With Exeter hardly getting a look-in Carlisle started their goal rush after only 12 minutes. Jim Hamilton ran on to a tremendous through ball from George McVitie and hit a low drive from 25 yards which Exeter keeper Ian Main could only watch as it sailed into the net. That hectic period ended with another goal when Hamilton was perfectly placed to head in Steve Hoolickin's cross following a superb crossfield ball from Phil Bonnyman. But in the 37th minute Main's biggest mistake of the game led to McVitie tapping in No. 3 after the keeper dropped the ball. And on the stroke of half- time he chipped a fine shot over the defence and into the top of the net.
Match Summary in the Newcastle Journal
Exeter hit by Carlisle blitz
ON-SONG Carlisle outclassed an off-form Exeter side with a four-goal blitz in the first half. Manager Bob Moncur said: "After a first half like that the second could only be an anti-climax." And his words came true when the visitors grabbed a consolation goal in the 73rd minute. Moncur added: "We were never in danger of losing but we just started to get tired and complacent." Campaigners Jim Hamil. ton and George McVitie both turned in fine perfor mances and both capped their displays with a place on the score sheet. Hamilton grabbed the first two and McVitie the third while young Tynesider Peter Beardsley added the fourth with a cheeky lob over the goalkeeper's head. Moncur need not have made any comment on his side's performance because a bitter Exeter manager Brian Godfrey did it all for him. He blasted his side. "We were terrible. It was a path- etic game. It was hard to judge Carlisle-because we were so bad.
"We did so little. Carlisle didn't show what they are capable of." Those two valuable points shot Carlisle several places up the table and with four games in hand on the leaders they have little cause to worry about their lowly league position. Moncur yesterday denied rumours that he has been approached by Scottish First Division side Hearts. The former Scotland international described the rumours as pure speculation.