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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Carlisle United's Mark Beck has big future - Edmo

Mark Beck’s towering frame, neat first touch and composed link-up play could be vital to Workington Reds run-in, according to manager Darren Edmondson.

 The Carlisle United youngster showed his class during a 26-minute cameo in the 1-1 draw with Solihull Moors.

Signing work experience forms to keep him at Borough Park until the end of the season, 18-year-old Beck - a second year youth product at Carlisle - has a big role to play in Reds’ battle against the drop.

Edmondson said: “I was very impressed with the way Mark handled himself.

“It’s a physically demanding league where players don’t care if this is a kid’s first game. They play to win, but play hard too.

“Mark coped well against Solihull, who were very organised.

“His first touch is excellent, and he’s always looking to play in others.

“Mark might be young, but he’s clearly got some ability. His presence in the box will cause problems for defences in this league, just because of his height.

“He’s a big boy and someone who can play a big role in how we finish the season. I will have no problems playing Mark.”

Beck has scored 17 goals to his name in the Youth Alliance north west division and remains on immediate recall to Brunton Park if Greg Abbott needs the striker.

Edmondson said: “Hopefully Carlisle won’t need him back, because Mark will get minutes on the pitch with us.

“We have some vitally important games, which we must pick up points in, and Mark will learn a lot from his time with us.”


Reds slipped two places to 17th in the Blue Square Bet North after their relegation rivals picked up points last night.

Playing their game in hand over Darren Edmondson’s men, Hinckley United and Bishop’s Stortford produced stunning victories to leapfrog the Borough Park club.

Reds are precariously placed, hovering three places and just two points above Vauxhall Motors in the final relegation place.

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