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Cambridge Utd 5 Carlisle Utd 0

Carlisle United suffered a five-goal thrashing at the hands of Cambridge - piling pressure on manager Graham Kavanagh.

United were easily beaten after an appalling display at the Abbey Stadium.

Robbie Simpson and sub Jayden Stockley both scored twice after Issa Diallo's opener for last season's Conference play-off winners.

The dreadful outcome left fans calling for Kavanagh's head.

A dire 20-minute period at the end of the first half put Carlisle three down at the break.

Cambridge midfielder Diallo drilled home from 25 yards with their first attempt on goal in the 25th minute.

And he then turned provider eight minutes later as Simpson headed his cross over the stranded Mark Gillespie.

United's afternoon went from bad to worse just before half-time when Simpson then converted Tom Elliott's cross.

Carlisle were unable to find a way back and then went four down when Stockley headed home in the 82nd minute.

And the striker added to his tally by converting a free-kick delivery three minutes from time.

Cambridge could have had more goals, with Elliott going close and Simpson again testing Gillespie as the Blues were cut open.

United had actually enjoyed the better of the early stages, forcing a series of corners.

But Brad Potts, Jack Marriott and Antony Sweeney couldn't take advantage of their first opportunities.

And the Cumbrians failed to create anything of note after Cambridge got in front, with Kavanagh bringing on Stephen Elliott, Josh Gillies and Kyle Dempsey to no avail.

Tom Elliott and sub BJ Taylor had more chances to increase their advantage as the Blues were left in disarray.

Winger David Amoo returned to the Carlisle starting line-up and replaced Gary Dicker.

Dicker was among the subs, but there was yet another injury absentee for the Cumbrians, with Danny Kearns suffering a thigh problem in training.

United: Gillespie, Symington, O'Hanlon, Thirlwell, Grainger, Potts, Sweeney, Brough, Amoo, Marriott, Paynter. Subs: Hanford, Dicker, Gillies, Rigg, Dempsey, Elliott, Douglas.

Cambridge: Dunn, Lanzoni, Taylor, Coulson, Nelson, Champion, Diallo, Donaldson, Hughes, Simpson, Elliott. Subs: Norris, Tait, Chadwick, Stockley, Lennon, Hurst, Taylor.

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