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Match Preview - We welcome Carlisle this midweek as we return to EFL action

7 November 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview - We welcome Carlisle this midweek as we return to EFL action

7 November 2022

Fresh from their FA Cup triumph this past weekend Town are back in league action on Tuesday evening when they entertain Carlisle United in a re-arranged League Two fixture.

And Simon Weaver's side will be hunting for all three points that will see them steal a march on the sides closest to them in the table.

Our opponents

Carlisle come into the game occupying the seventh and final playoff position. They have amassed 27 points to date, built on the back of a strong defence that has seen them concede at a rate of just a goal a game.

On the road they have taken 11 points from eight games, although have been defeated in their past two away league outings.

United also come into tomorrow on the back of an FA Cup victory, having defeated Tranmere 2-1 on Saturday.

Previous meetings

Town came away with a 100% record against Carlisle last season. They posted two wins over the Cumbrian side on the road with George Thomson and Alex Pattison finding the target in a 2-0 league win in late November, before an early Luke Armstrong strike sealed Town's progression in the Papa John's Trophy in early January.

At home a Jack Diamond brace and a strike from Rory McArdle sealed a 3-0 win in late April.

In Town's debut campaign they triumphed 1-0 at home thanks to a Josh March strike before earning a 1-1 draw on the road on the final day of the 2020/21 season.

The man in charge

Paul Simpson was appointed in February earlier this year, replacing Keith Millen who in turn had taken over from Chris Beech part way through the season.

The club had struggled for the most part and were amongst the sides threatened by relegation before Simpson steered them to safety late in the season.

He previously had a spell at Brunton Park almost 20 years ago, also managing Preston, Shrewsbury and Stockport as well as coaching stints at Newcastle United and the England youth set-up.

Before embarking on a managerial career Simpson had a notable playing career, most prominently for Manchester City, Oxford and Derby.

Ones to watch

Kristian Dennis has started the season on fire, netting nine goals in 15 games. He may well be partnered by youngster Jack Stretton, on loan from Derby County, who has netted twice in recent games, or Ryan Edmondson.

Both Jordan Gibson and summer recruit Owen Moxon have been instrumental in Carlisle's attacking play this season, assisting on six and five assists respectively.

19 year-old Fin Back, on loan from Nottingham Forest, has settled well into the defence but they will be without the suspended Jon Mellish. Another youngster, Jack Armer, has also played every minute so far.


Carlisle were officially formed in 1904 and have featured mainly in Third Division during their 117 year existence. The 1973-74 season saw the Cumbrians promoted to the First Division for the first time but they'd only stay there for a year before relegation. 

Successive relegations in the 80s then saw Carlisle drop to the Fourth Division and it's where they stayed until winning the league as champions in 1995. The club then yoyoed in out of the third and fourth division until in 2004, their 76 year stay in the Football League came to end.

It was, however, a brief end as the club returned the following the season and then won the League Two title the year after. Carlisle would continue to be a League One club for the next eight seasons, winning the Football League Trophy in 2011 before relegation to League Two in the 2013/14 season.

Team news

Simon Weaver continues to be without Will Smith, Max Wright, Dior Angus and Stephen Dooley, with all continuing their efforts to get back in contention for selection, though George Thomson is edging closer to a return.

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