It sounds like it was a good point for Carlisle United as they drew 1-1 at Colchester.

Before kick-off, I’m sure most Blues fans would have taken a point against their fellow League Two promotion rivals at the JobServe Community Stadium, with John McGreal’s men unbeaten in three league matches before Saturday’s encounter.

Carlisle didn’t win any of their league fixtures last month and took just two points, so I imagine they will be quite happy to see the back of February. Hopefully, Steven Pressley’s side have had their quiet spell for the season nice and early.

The Cumbrians have had a funny old season so far. In the first couple of months, especially in the league, they struggled to get results at home but their away form kept them in contention, really. Then, from November until January, United were pretty much in record-breaking form before a bit of a sticky spell with results again in the last month or so.

United’s January signings have now had a few weeks to settle in at Brunton Park. Loan frontman Mark Cullen probably needs the game time a bit more than the other new recruits as he tries to get back to full fitness, and it was good to hear he got 70 minutes in Essex, but the rest should be up to speed now.

With the likes of Stefan Scougall, you can see there is some quality there, so hopefully, the players can keep gelling together and string some results together.

John Akinde snatched a stoppage-time equaliser in Lincoln’s 1-1 draw at home to Exeter on Tuesday which keeps things very tight in and around the play-off places with just nine points separating Tranmere in ninth and Bury in second. Despite now being outside the top seven, United’s play-off hopes still very much remain in their own hands, though.

The Blues face another long journey this weekend when they travel to Newport County. County share their Rodney Parade with both the Dragons and Newport RFC, and it’s never a particularly good pitch there.

In my opinion, like last weekend, I think Carlisle will take any result which would then set them up nicely ahead of back-to-back home fixtures against Swindon and Notts County.

Michael Flynn’s team had a really good FA Cup run this term, which saw him play host to Premier League giants Man City, losing 4-1 last month.

But they are mid-table in the league and really need to put a run of results together if they want to get themselves into promotion contention after their 2-0 loss at MK Dons last Saturday.

Carlisle also played another friendly on Tuesday, travelling to Sunderland where they were beaten 3-0, with three trialists featuring. Although those three have been let go, Pressley is still keen to add to his squad if he can which is encouraging to see.

It has been a mixed week for Workington Reds.

After their victory at Marine, Lee Andrews’ troops fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League leaders Warrington on Tuesday night.

Hopefully, they can get them away from the relegation zone.

But it’s sad to see the west Cumbrians struggling - it was less than three years ago they were playing Salford in a play-off final.