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Preview - A look at Carlisle United

15 February 2021

Match Previews

Preview - A look at Carlisle United

15 February 2021

It's third time lucky for Town on Tuesday evening as we welcome Carlisle United in a replay of the fixture that was abandoned over the Festive period, then postponed the following month.

It was to prove a frustrating evening after a positive start to the game with Connor Kirby's far-post header giving us a lead in the opening minute.

The first attempt to replay the fixture was thwarted in mid-January when a power cut in the surrounding area forced a postponement.

However, with weather conditions having improved all looks set for the game to finally be completed.

Recent form

The two sides are yet to face each other in League Two this season with the return trip to Brunton Park scheduled for the end of April.

Carlisle have been badly hit by both the weather and Covid cancellations in recent weeks and have played just three games in 2021 so far and like Town, were inactive at the weekend after the postponement of their home clash with Crawley.

Their most recent result was a 2-1 home defeat to Forest Green in early February, with the recent inactivity seeing them slip to eighth in the table, seven points off top spot, although they have a significant number of fixtures in hand on all of the sides currently above them.

The Man in Charge

Chris Beech is the man at the helm at Brunton Park, having been appointed in November 2019 to replace Stephen Pressley. Previously, Beech had been assistant to Keith Hill at Rochdale.

In a playing career spanning over a decade, he racked up over 250 appearances for Blackpool, Hartlepool, Huddersfield and Rochdale.

Ones to Watch

After an 18th placed finish last season, Beech sought to overhaul the playing squad.

The likes of youngsters George Tanner and Rhys Bennett have made immediate impacts, whilst loanee Josh Kayode has also impressed as well as Joe Riley and Gime Toure, who have also logged key minutes for Beech.

The club also brought in Offrande Zanzala, Morgan Feeney and Ethan Walker in the January window.

United have banged in 34 goals so far this season, with John Mellish hitting seven and Lewis Alessandra six, whilst Callum Guy has seven assists to his name.

As well as being prolific in the final third in most of the key metrics, our opponents are also proficient at the other end of the pitch and are averaging the fewest number of the shots (7.8 per game) throughout League Two so far this season.


The clubs' golden era was the decade from the mid-1960's to mid-1970's where they had established themselves in the second tier of English football.

A promotion to the old First Division was achieved for the 1974/75 season and they briefly topped the league after winning their opening three games.

However, the club would be relegated that season and they would slide into the old Fourth Division in 1985 after consecutive relegations.

They did escape relegation to the Conference on the final day of the 1998/98 season thanks to goalkeeper Jimmy Glass's famous late header, but the club did slip out of the league in 2005, although they secured an immediate return the following season.

Team News

Joe Cracknell and Mitchell Roberts remain on the sidelines through injury but Town welcome back Will Smith from suspension, as well as Dan Jones who has returned to full training following the groin injury that kept him out for over three months.

How To Follow

You can follow the action live for £10 with a Town streaming pass.


You can also check out our free digital programme for Tuesday night's fixture, which was published prior to January's postponed fixture.

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