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Preview - It's take two against Carlisle United

11 January 2021

Match Previews

Preview - It's take two against Carlisle United

11 January 2021

It's take-two this Tuesday as we welcome Carlisle United in a replay of the fixture that was abandoned over the Festive period.

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.

How to Follow

You can follow all the action via Town streaming pass, which is priced at £10.

​Any supporters who purchased a streaming pass for the original abandoned fixture on Tuesday 29th December 2020 and did not request a refund should email prior to 5pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021 to watch the rearranged fixture without having to pay again.

Half Season Ticket Holders are entitled to watch all home EFL fixtures free of charge via our streaming service and should now have received their unique code to do so via email.

Watch Live

Our streaming service will continue to operate for the 2020/21 season and beyond, meaning you can continue to watch every one of our fixtures live for just £10 each.

Recent form

Carlisle were inactive last weekend with their home game against Leyton Orient a victim of the weather.

Their one game in 2021 so far saw them notch a 2-0 away win at Walsall, a victory that took them to the top of the table and they sit a point ahead of both Newport and Forest Green.

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 and Joe Riley and Gime Toure have logged key minutes for Beech.

The club also brought in Offrande Zanzala from Crewe Alexandra in the January window.

United have banged in 32 goals so far this season, with John Mellish hitting seven and Lewis Alessandra five, whilst Callum Guy has seven assists to his name.

As well as being prolific in the final third, our opponents are also proficient at the other end of the pitch and have conceded the fewest number of the shots 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

Dan Jones, Will Smith and Joe Cracknell remain on the sidelines through injury.

After a flurry of transfer activity Simon Weaver does have plenty of options at his disposal and all five of the players who arrived last week saw playing time on Saturday.


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