A lively second half from Northampton Town saw pick up the points as Keith Curle beat his old side Carlisle United 3-0.

After a scoreless opening period, Jack Bridge put Northampton in front in the opening minutes of the second half and he then grabbed a second just after the hour mark.

Bridge would then grab an assist as well as he set up Junior Morias for a third goal as the game moved into the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Northampton had entered the contest on a run of 1 win from 12 against a Carlisle side who have moved into the play-offs and arrived at the PTS Academy Stadium on the back of 6 straight wins under their joint caretaker manager.

A lively opening period saw both teams come close. Northampton’s best saw Andy Williams denied by Adam Collin in the visiting goal.

Carlisle pressed after that, with David Cornell forced into fine saves to keep out Hallam Hope, Jack Sowebry and Jamie Devitt. The last of which had the best effort, with his volley well blocked.

But the second half would begin very quickly for the Cobblers, as Bridge was first on to Shay Facey’s half-cleared cross and drilled in a first time finish.

Moments after Sam Hoskins was denied, Bridge would grab a second, with the Cobblers man pick up Sam Foley’s ball before finishing to double the home side’s lead.

Bridge would then grab an assist to make absolutely sure that Northampton would pick up a first win since beating Crawley in early December. His first-time pass teed up Morias, who duly beat Collin to make it 3-0 and secure Curle the points against his former club.