07 October 2023

Jordan Gibson grabs hat-trick as Carlisle beat Bolton

07 October 2023

Jordan Gibson scored a hat-trick as Carlisle came from behind to beat Bolton 3-1 in Sky Bet League One.

The Cumbrians fell behind after 28 minutes when Jon Mellish turned the ball into his own net from Josh Dacres-Cogley’s cross.

Paul Simpson’s side, without an away victory in the third tier for nine years, responded well to the setback.

Joe Garner’s 35th-minute penalty, awarded for Kyle Dempsey’s foul on Sean Maguire, was saved by Nathan Baxter.

So, when referee Sebastian Stockbridge adjudged Eoin Toal to have handled in the box nine minutes later, Gibson took on spot-kick duties to fire United level.

Roared on by 4,407 fans in a crowd of 23,187, Maguire and Carlisle were twice denied by Baxter saves.

But Gibson, who scored Carlisle’s equaliser in a midweek draw with Peterborough, fired the visitors in front 20 minutes from time.

With Bolton pressing for a stoppage-time equaliser and Baxter stranded upfield, Gibson then broke away to complete his treble.

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