Carlisle United 4 Tranmere 1

Manchester United teenager Tom Lawrence turned on the style with two wonder goals as Carlisle made it four home wins in a row

Action Images / John Rushworth Tranmere Rovers' Ryan Lowe (2nd R) scores his sides first goal
Tranmere Rovers' Ryan Lowe (2nd R) scores his sides first goal

Manchester United teenager Tom Lawrence turned on the style with two wonder goals as Carlisle made it four home wins in a row against a Tranmere side suffering on and off field woes in equal measures.

The writing was on the wall with just 38 seconds gone when Lawrence smashed an exquisite volley into the roof of the net - and the afternoon unravelled from there for the visitors as the clinical Cumbrians subjected them to their second heavy defeat in the space of two weeks.

Manager Graham Kavanagh said: “We are very pleased.

“The way we started was fantastic and everyone is telling me it was a wonder goal. I have no idea if that’s true or not because I was still coming down the tunnel.

“We then handled the conditions well and I told the lads before the game they had to win their battles across the middle of the pitch.

“We got the goal, the confidence levels were higher because of it and we created a lot of chances.

“I’m not surprised by either of the goals Tom scored because he has been doing it in training all week.

“There are things he still has to work on but he has great feet and he has stepped up to do the job we’re asking of him.”

Tranmere had their moments but a close-range finish from David Amoo, his eighth of the campaign, and a deflected effort from James Berrett ensured the late header from veteran Ryan Lowe was a consolation.

Lawrence said of his opener: “I picked the ball up deep and decided to carry it forward.

“By the time I got into the box I decided it was worth having a go. Fortunately it went in.

“They’re my first two senior goals so it’s good everyone enjoyed them as much as I did.

“The most pleasing thing is we got the three points and it has helped us to climb the table.”

The Cumbrians’ march away from the bottom four has been executed largely in front of low crowds.

Kavanagh added: “The only negative was the fact there weren’t too many people here to see it.”

CARLISLE UNITED: Amos, Ehmer (Potts 77), O’Hanlon, Meppen-Walter, Robson, Buaben, Thirlwell (Roddan 71), Berrett, Amoo, Miller, Lawrence (Morris 68). Subs (not used): Fleming, Noble, Beck, Guy.

Booked: Ehmer (38), Robson (73)

Goals: Lawrence (38 seconds, 66), Amoo (51), Berrett (75)

TRANMERE ROVERS: Fon Williams, Taylor, Power, Lowe, Atkinson (Rowe 60), McNulty, Koumas, Ridehalgh, Peterson, Akpa Akpro, Otsemobor. Subs (not used): Holmes, Horwood, Kirby, Stockton, Mooney.

Booked: Akpa Akpro (78)

Goal: Lowe (80)

Referee: Mr Andrew Madley Attendance: 3,793.

Premier League News

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer