Notts County drummed up a rare win on Tuesday night, beating Carlisle United 3-1 to keep their dimming hopes of avoiding what would be an historic relegation from the Football League.
However, the Magpies didn’t manage to get through the game without making an almighty cock-up, with goalkeeper Ryan Schofield falling foul of a devious cloak-and-dagger ruse from Carlisle striker Hallam Hope to concede in the 76th minute.
By channelling the spirits of Dion Dublin and Gary Crosby, Hope pulled the score back to 2-1 with about quarter-of-an-hour left to play.
Thankfully, and quite out of character as far as this season is concerned, County seized back their two-goal advantage in stoppage time when Lewis Alessandra scored their third of the night.
Neil Ardley’s side are still entrenched in the League Two zone o’ doom, but not quite as entrenched as they were before kick-off.