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We take a closer look at this weekend's Emirates FA Cup round two opponents

1 December 2017

It’s back to FA Cup action for United this weekend as the Blues make the long trip to Gillingham.

A first-round victory over League One side Oldham set up the trip to the Gills for Keith Curle’s men and, with a potential glamour tie on the horizon in the third round, United will be keen to progress.

But standing in their way will be another side from the division above in Gillingham, who themselves will be keen to put together a cup run.

We put Steve Lovell’s men under the spotlight ahead of our visit to Priestfield:

Shaky Start

It’s been a tough start to the campaign for Gillingham, who had to wait until the middle of September to pick up their first league win of the season with the Gills having only won three times since.

But recent form has been much improved, and the Priestfield outfit enter this FA Cup tie off the back of a strong run of form which has seen them go seven games unbeaten in all competitions. Four of those games have also ended in wins.

Yet that impressive form hasn’t been enough to fully pull Gillingham away from trouble, with Lovell’s side still within the League One relegation zone - although they are level on points with the sides immediately above the drop zone.

That recent form will be enough to give Lovell confidence that his side can pull away, and another victory in the FA Cup will buoy them even further.

FA Cup Record

While United were knocking out Oldham, Gillingham were tackling non-league opposition in Leyton Orient.

And they progressed as goals from Josh Parker and Tom Eaves sealed a 2-1 win over the ten-man O’s.

That first round victory was already an improvement on last season when the Gills crashed out at the first hurdle following defeat to Brackley.

The non-league outfit held Gillingham to a 2-2 draw at Priestfield before triumphing 4-3 on their own patch.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides have met fairly regularly throughout history and it’s Gillingham who have the marginally better record.

Of the 48 times the pair have faced off, the Gills have claimed victory on 21 occasions with United triumphant in 17 games - 10 meetings have ended as draws.

The last time the two sides faced off was in Sky Bet League One back in 2013/14, when Gillingham ran out 2-1 winners at Brunton Park.

Carlisle’s last win over Gillingham came back in February 2010 as a brace from Ian Harte sealed victory for the Blues.

Over Twenty Years

It’s been over twenty years since United have claimed victory at Priestfield - a stat Keith Curle will be hoping to change this weekend.

The Blues’ last triumph at Gillingham came in the 1994/95 season when a goal from Dean Walling secured victory on New Years’ Eve.

Since then, United have picked up two draws and three defeats from their trips south.

Ones to Watch

+ Max Ehmer - A familiar face to United fans having spent time on loan at Brunton Park, the centre back joined Gillingham on a permanent basis in 2015. The powerful defender made his breakthrough at QPR and went on to play for Preston, Stevenage and Yeovil during several loan spells away from Loftus Road. But it was at Prreistfield where the German found his home, and Ehmer has gone on to make nearing 150 appearances for the Gills.

+ Josh Parker - Capable of playing as a wing-back, winger or a striker, the lively Parker started his career at Queen's Park Rangers and recently spent time with Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian SuperLiga. He initially joined Gillingham on trial at the start of 2017 before earning a longer-term deal. Used mainly up top this season, Parker has caused plenty of problems for oppositions defences and has four goals to his name already.

+ Lee Martin - An experienced winger who is currently the Gills’ captain, ex-Manchester United man Martin moved to Priestfield in 2016. He missed most of last season through injury but returned in February and put in some dynamic attacking displays on the left hand side. A regular this season, Martin has already netted twice while laying on plenty of other chances for his team mates.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Gillingham 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon Emirates FA Cup second round meeting with Gillingham

2 December 2017

United were in Kent on Saturday afternoon as they faced League One Gillingham in Emirates FA Cup second round action.

Two teams who have become very difficult to beat came head-to-head in an entertaining encounter, and it was no surprise to anyone as the game played its way to a draw and a replay at Brunton Park in ten days' time.

United kept the ball well from the kick off but Gillingham fashioned the first chance when a shot from Eaves ricocheted off Hill and fell nicely for Wagstaff. He had a snapshot blocked, and the ball spun behind for a corner when Clare snatched at the loose pieces to also find that Hill was in the way.

The delivery from that was cleared by Jones, but the hosts were awarded a free kick when Parkes tussled with Wilkinson just outside the box. It proved to be a big call as Luke O’Neill bent the 25-yard set piece over the wall and into the top corner.

Carlisle got forward from the restart and Bennett did well to nod a high ball forward into the path of Kelvin Etuhu. The midfielder set himself for the volley and was unfortunate to see a clean strike fly just past the post.

Blues defender Gary Liddle then took matters into his own hands when he surged out of his own half to turn defence into attack. He had options but it opened up in front of him and he was disappointed to see his low shot curl away from the target.

The Gills looked happy to play on the break and a neat touch from Eaves caught United on the hop as Wilkinson was allowed to run clear. His first shot was blocked but he was quick to return the bouncing ball via the uneven ground and Bonham did well to readjust and tip it over the bar.

Carlisle got the reward for their enterprising approach when Parkes got forward to fizz a thumping pass at Lambe. The winger returned the favour and Mark Byrne was undone as he stuck a leg out and chopped the marauding defender to the floor. Danny Grainger stepped up and he made no mistake as he found the bottom corner with his spot kick.

More excellent United play saw Jones send Grainger on the overlap on the left flank. Lambe reacted first with a touch with his toe from the cross but his shot was well blocked as Ehmer lunged across to get in the way.

The teams started to spar with each other through a tight phase of the game, with chances suddenly difficult to come by, but a lovely ball from O’Neill moments before the break had to be dealt with by Liddle as it flashed across the face of goal.

A poor shot from Wagstaff summed up what had been a flat half from the home side when he dragged a long-range effort into the advertising hoardings in time added on.

Wagstaff was the first man to have a go after the break when he let fly from distance from a half clearance from Jones. Bonham watched it all the way and gathered it into his hands. The Gills came again when O'Neill flighted a free kick beyond the back line. Ehmer hooked it back but Hill was there to head it behind.

The Blues then survived huge appeals for a penalty when Wagstaff fell to the floor under pressure from Jones and Grainger. The officials looked at each other but settled for a corner decision.

Eaves twisted and turned but shot wide in what was a good spell for the hosts, and Ogilvie leaned back on a volley when an excellent Liddle header had just stopped Eaves from finishing things off from very close range.

Bennett thumped a speculative attempt well wide at the other end, and a winding run from Wilkinson brought a shot from a tight angle as the game remained in the balance.

James Brown suddenly found himself with half a sight of the target when his cross was charged down by Zakuani. He had just a moment to think and his punt bent away from the watchful Tomas Holy.

Defences edged on top and that forced Reggie Lambe to try to take things into his own hands when Bennett slid the ball inside from out wide. The shot had power but it was always too high.

A ball over the top took Etuhu through but he was pushed wide and the save was easy for Holy to make. 

The sides closed each other down effectively through the tense closing minutes, and it ended all-square with it all to do again when the replay date comes around.



Gillingham - O'Neill (5)

Carlisle United - Grainger (18 pen)



Gillingham - Clare (40)



Gillingham - Holy, O'Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Wagstaff, Hessenthaler, Eaves (Parker 73), Wilkinson, Ogilvie, Clare (Martin 46), Byrne. Subs - Nelson, Nugent, Oldaker, Simpson, Cundle.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Grainger (T Miller 71), Etuhu, Joyce, Jones, Lambe (Hope 88), Bennett (O'Sullivan 82). Subs - George, Devitt, Cosgrove, S Miller.


Referee - Andy Woolmer

Attendance - 3,178 (321 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Gillingham FA Cup ticket information

Ticket information for the Emirates FA Cup game at Gillingham

20 November 2017

Gillingham v Carlisle United, Saturday 2 December, kick off 3pm


Adult £15
Senior (65+) £10
Under 18 £10
Under 12  £5

Tickets are available on the day of the game from cash only turnstiles and do not increase in price. 

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Mon 20 Nov 10am – 5pm
Tue 21 Nov 10am – 5pm 
Wed 22 Nov 10am – 5pm
Thu 23 Nov 10am – 5pm
Fri 24 Nov 10am – 5pm
Sat 25 Nov 10am – 2.30pm
Sat 25 Nov 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 26 Nov Closed 
Mon 27 Nov 10am – 5pm
Tue 28 Nov 10am – 5pm
Wed 29 Nov 10am – 5pm
Thu 30 Nov 10am – 5pm

Disabled fans pay the relevant price class and are entitled to a carer free of charge, as long as they are in receipt of the higher rate of DLA or enhanced level of PIP.


Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Foods 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. All credit cards used will incur a £1 surcharge. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017.
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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