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MATCH PREVIEW - All you need to know about Saturday's opponents

2 February 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - All you need to know about Saturday's opponents

2 February 2023

After three home fixtures in succession Town are back on the road this weekend when they head to Cumbria to take on in-form Carlisle United.

And there will likely be one or two new faces in the Town line-up thanks to the twin deadline day arrivals of Kazeem Olaigbe and Levi Sutton.


Our opponents

United come into the game on the back of a resounding 5-1 derby victory over Barrow this past midweek.
The victory, their fourth in succession and sixth in seven games, saw them move into the third place on 51 points and they now sit just six points off leaders Leyton Orient.

They have taken 29 points from their 14 home fixtures, being defeated just once all season at Brunton Park.

Earlier this season

There was an entertaining encounter at The Envirovent Stadium in early November when Owen Moxon's injury-time equaliser earned the visitors a 3-3 draw.

Town twice came from behind through goals from Luke Armstrong and Warren Burrell before Jaheim Headley's strike fifteen-minutes from time looked to have given Town victory.

The draw though did extend Town's unbeaten run against the Cumbrian side since gaining promotion to the EFL.

Ones to watch

Kristian Dennis is in red hot form having found the net a league best 17 times this season at a rate of 0.77 goals per 90. Dennis has also contributed four assists.

Owen Moxon also leads the division with 10 assists from midfield, having also scored four times this season. Fellow midfielder Jordan Gibson has tallied seven assists.

Jon Mellish and Jack Armer have been virtual ever presents in defence in front of big stopper Tomas Holy.
During the January window the club added veteran striker Joe Garner from Fleetwood Town as well as loanees Alfie McAlmont from Leeds and John-Kymani Gordon from Crystal Palace.

The man in charge

Paul Simpson was appointed as United's manager just under a year ago.

His win record in charge is a shade under 50% as he approaches 50 games in charge during this spell.

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.


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

Town's continue to have Stephen Dooley and Kyle Ferguson on the sidelines but elsewhere have a clean bill of health and new signings Kazeem Olaigbe and Levi Sutton will come into contention.

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