Lambe pens new deal as Carlisle move back into play-offs

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LONDON, Apr 29, CMC – Bermudian winger Reggie Lambe celebrated signing a new one-year deal with English League Two side Carlisle United by helping his Cumbrian outfit move back into the play-off zone with one match remaining by edging struggling Newport County 2-1 at Brunton Park on Saturday.
Mickey Demetriou’s stunning header put the visitors in front but goals from Jabo Ibehre and Nicky Adams in three second-half minutes helped Carlisle rise from 10th to sixth in the standings.
Carlisle’s promotion hopes now rest on how they fare at fellow play-off rivals Exeter, who are fifth, next Saturday.
Manager Keith Curle confirmed on Friday that 26-year-old Lambe, who has scored eight goals in 44 appearances in his first season at Carlisle, was one of three players to sign new contracts, with captain Danny Grainger, a left back, also signing a one-year deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2018.
Midfielder Luke Joyce, 29, and Lambe have both triggered existing appearance clauses that also keep them at the club for another season. Lambe signed his initial one-year deal last June after moving from Mansfield Town and has been a regular first-team player this season.
His earlier clubs included Canadian outfit Toronto FC, for whom he made 55 appearances.
“I think it’s always good news when players are committing their futures to the club,” Curle said. “It also shows that the club are prepared to invest in them because of the job they’ve been doing.
“Ever since I got to the club I’ve been talking about foundations, platforms and pillars and I think people like Luke Joyce and Danny Grainger have the characteristics I’m looking for to give us a level of consistency, professionalism and ability to help to provide the platform this football club needs.
“Reggie is the same because he is desperate for the team to do well and to be putting in performances which will help us to win games. These players have earned the respect of the coaching staff and of the fans.”
Carlisle spent the first half of the season in the top three but have fallen off lately.  However, Saturday’s victory gives them fresh hope of going up with Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth, who have all been promoted to League One.
Lambe’s fellow Bermudian, striker Nahki Wells, failed to add to his 10-goal tally for the season after coming on as a second-half substitute as his Championship club, Huddersfield Town, who have already clinched a place in the play-offs, lost 2-0 at 10-man Birmingham City and slipped to fifth in the table.
Another Bermudian striker, Rai Simons, has seen his relegated League One side Chesterfield slump to the bottom of the table. They end their season on Sunday with a visit to runaway league leaders Sheffield United.

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