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We take a closer look at Saturday's opponents

13 April 2018

After a long trip to Swindon last weekend, the Blues make the far shorter journey to Morecambe on Saturday afternoon as they look to get back to winning ways.

With the Blues just four points off the play-off places with four games remaining in Sky Bet League Two, Keith Curle will be hoping his side can close that gap this weekend. 

Morecambe, meanwhile, are not yet mathematically safe and will be looking to put further distance between themselves and the bottom two.

We put Jim Bentley’s men under the spotlight ahead of our visit to the Globe Arena: 

Just About Safe 

With the season nearing its end, the Shrimps look as if they have done enough to stave off relegation. 

While mathematically Bentley’s side could still go down, a seven-point gap between them and second-bottom Barnet suggests that Morecambe will likely be safe. 

Some eye-catching results in February and March – including wins over promotion-chasing duo Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers – have helped to put distance between the North West outfit and the bottom two. 

Bentley will no doubt be desperate to ensure that survival is ensured mathematically sooner rather than later, though. 

Winless in Five 

It’s been a case of steady but unspectacular in the last few outings for Morecambe, with the Shrimps having failed to register a victory in their last five outings. 

On the other side of the coin, however, Bentley’s side have lost just once in the same period as they came undone against Cheltenham Town. 

Morecambe will now be hoping to turn the draws picked up in that period into wins, and if they can do that then they will shoot up the table. 

What Does History Tell Us? 

The two sides only met for the first time in 2004 but from their meetings since it’s Carlisle who have the better record. 

Of the 16 times the pair have faced off, the Blues have claimed victory in six of them with Morecambe triumphant only once - a 3-2 success at Brunton Park in 2015. 

Interestingly, nine of our meetings have ended in draws. Could we see a similar result this week? 

Our league meeting this season was one of those draws, as Kelvin Etuhu’s strike was cancelled out by Steven Old as Morecambe took a point back to the Globe Arena. 

Watch highlights from this season's home game below:

We also met the Shrimps in August 2017 as strikes from Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy secured a 2-0 win in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Watch highlights from that game below:

Strong Record on the Road 

Interestingly, all of Carlisle’s wins over Morecambe have come away from home - with the Blues yet to register a win against the Shrimps at Brunton Park. 

United have drawn four times against the North West side on home soil having lost once, but have yet to take three points from Morecambe in Cumbria.

Away from home, however, the Blues have picked up five wins from their nine trips to Morecambe and have yet to lose to the Shrimps away from home – a record Curle will undoubtedly be keen to continue this weekend. 

Ones to Watch 

+ Garry Thompson - An experienced attacker, Thompson returned to the club where he began his career during the summer. He spent the last two years at Wycombe and proved his worth as a real threat in League Two. The winger has also represented Bradford, Notts County and Scunthorpe in a career spanning almost two decades. Comfortable providing assists and scoring himself, Thompson will undoubtedly be a key member of the Morecambe side this season. 

+ Aaron Wildig - The former Shrewsbury Town midfielder moved to the Globe Arena in 2015 having previously spent time on loan with the Shrimps. A box-to-box midfielder, Wildig will look to drive Morecambe forward and has been a pivotal part of their squad since his arrival. Expect him to see plenty of the ball and make vital contributions at both ends of the pitch. 

+ Kevin Ellison - With over 500 career appearances, Ellison adds some much needed experience to what is a relatively young Morecambe squad. Happy playing in any attacking position, whether centrally or out wide, Ellison is still contributing goals aplenty at the age of 38. He’s netted 69 times since joining the Shrimps in 2011 and will be keen to increase that tally this season.

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MATCH REPORT: Morecambe 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

14 April 2018

United's second away trip in a fortnight was the short journey to the Globe Arena to face 'local' rivals Morecambe.

They extended their good run to just one defeat in eleven games, but it ultimately became a frustrating afternoon as they failed to turn territorial dominance into three points.

The near 2,000-strong travelling Blue Army created a fantastic atmosphere but a tense opening ten minutes on the field brought just a wayward shot from Brown, which sailed over the bar, with little else to report.

Brown was involved again on 14 minutes when he was unceremoniously chopped to the floor by Conlan as he tried to run into the box. Former-Morecambe man Jamie Devitt took charge of the free kick and he left Roche with no chance as he drilled a wonderful thunderbolt into the back of the net via the underside of the bar.

A foul on Stockton followed, this time on the left hand side of the area, and it was Devitt once more who tried his luck. The ball flew through the wall and Roche had to parry as he spotted it late. Liddle sent it back into the mix and Stockton was disappointed as he headed it wide.

Morecambe looked to respond and McGurk pounced on an error in midfield and strode forward into space. His shot was stopped by Bonham on the dive but Thompson got his footwork wrong as he sent the loose ball behind to safety.

Carlisle continued to look the more dangerous and determined work from Jones allowed him to feed Grainger into a crossing position. His curler picked out Brown who, in turn, spotted Bennett in space. A header from the striker looked to be going in until the stopper somehow got his hand to it.

The Shrimps upped the pace of their approach play and Grainger had to block from Thompson when he went for it from a half-cleared corner. But the Cumbrians could do nothing when a delivery from the right wing from McGowan found Lang completely unmarked. He guided his header into the corner of the net.

The hosts came again with some neat play on the flanks and it opened up for Rose as he stepped inside with the ball at his feet. His shot was crisp but it was always too high. Deliveries came from both wings for the hosts through what was a good spell, but chances became few and far between ahead of the break as the sides started to cancel each other out.

Carlisle showed first after the break when Joyce picked out Stockton with a measured pass. The forward was forced wide and Roche was well placed to make the save when the low shot came in.

Stockton wasn't too far away when he headed a corner from Devitt just pst the post, and McGurk had the home crowd on its feet when he bent a run which took him over 40-yards of grass to get into the United box. He lost his footing as he shaped to shoot and Bonham gathered it up.

Carlisle started to dictate the pace and Roche was in action once more when Brown was played into a dangerous area by Joyce. The defender put his laces through the shot but the keeper got across to make his save.

A touch from Nadesan sent Devitt on a run from deep as United created the better of the second half chances, but his shot hit Winnard and rebounded clear of the box. 

The sides exchanged periods of forward movement, without quite managing to turn the screw, as the game once more moved into midfield. 

Carlisle were denied what looked to be a clear penalty when Nadesan was pulled to the floor by Roche as the pair challenged for a high ball, which bounced inside the box. The officials waved play on despite the vociferous and prolonged shouts from the visiting contingent.

Another good visiting chance went begging when Ellis put a half clearance back into the mix. Joyce helped it on its way but the shot from Jones ballooned high and very wide.

The pressure was almost exclusively United's heading into the final ten minutes but the frustration was summed up when Jones had two shots in the space of 60 seconds. His first screwed away via a deflection off one of his own players and the second bobbled agonisingly wide with Roche well beaten.

Bonham had to save from Lang when he broke through to try to nick the points in time added on, and Oliver was wasteful when he sent a free header high over the bar from close range just before the final whistle blew.



Morecambe - Devitt (14)

Carlisle United - Lang (29)



Morecambe - Conlan (13)

Carlisle United - Devitt (69)



Morecambe - Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Thompson (Oliver 76), Fleming, Conlan, Lavelle, Rose, McGurk (Wildig 62), Lang (Ellison 90). Subs - Nizic, Kenyon, Campbell, Wylde.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Grainger, Liddle, Parkes (Joyce 46), Jones, Devitt, Bennett, Ellis, Brown (Campbell-Ryce 70), Stockton (Nadesan 59), Hill. Subs - Gray, O'Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.


Referee - John Brooks

Attendance - 3,319 (1,851 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Morecambe

Ticket information for the April away game

11 April 2018

This is always a popular fixture – we recommend you purchase your tickets well in advance. It is expected that there will be very limited availability [if any] on the day of the game.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday to Friday (10am to 5pm) - the last day of ticket sales will be Friday 12 April 2018.

We are now ONLY selling GB Scaffolding Terracing tickets which are uncovered and alongside the pitch. 


Adult £16
Senior 65+ £13
Full time Student  £10
Young Adult 18-22 £10
Under 18 £5
*Under 11 FoC

*Each paying adult or concession is permitted to one under-11 ticket free of charge. Any additional children pay the under-18 rate.  

*Under-14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Disabled info: 

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair supporters pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 10 April 2018.
Bus Travel
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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