18 April 2023

Connor Evans pounces late to earn Stockport a draw at Carlisle

18 April 2023

Promotion rivals Carlisle and Stockport played out a 2-2 draw that leaves both outside the League Two top three.

But County left it late to salvage a vital point through substitute Connor Evans after Paul Simpson’s hosts produced a stirring second-half fightback.

Jon Mellish cancelled out Myles Hippolyte’s 31st-minute opener for Dave Challinor’s side, eight minutes into the second period.

Tomas Holy kept Carlisle in the game with a fine save from Isaac Olaofe before Owen Moxon, whose corner was converted by Mellish, netted with a superb strike after 83 minutes.

The home cheers were still ringing round Brunton Park when Evans headed in his 86th-minute equaliser and with three games to play, the sides are locked on 72 points, four points outside the top three and only three points from eighth.

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