Southend United 0-1 Carlisle United
(17′ mins): Blues appeared nervous from the off. Tom Clifford – arguably Southend’s most consistent performer this season – produced a superb saving tackle to deny Omari Patrick a run on goal as the Cumbrians started on the front foot.
George Tanner saw his goalbound header deflected behind, while Jack Armer caused the hosts issues from the flank. It came as little surprise when Offrande Zanzala drilled Carlisle into the lead – firing low beyond Oxley from twenty-five yards.