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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Cheltenham Town

We take a closer look at Good Friday's opponents

29 March 2018

With United’s unbeaten record now stretching to seven games, Keith Curle will be looking to maintain that run as the Blues travel to face Cheltenham Town on Good Friday.

United’s last two games have ended in draws meaning the Cumbrians will be keen to pick up three points to help sustain their play-off push. 

But they will be faced with a Cheltenham side who are going through a run of good form themselves and have picked up some eye-catching results in recent week. 

We put Gary Johnson’s side under the spotlight ahead of our trip to the LCI Rail Stadium: 

Comfortably in Mid-Table 

Having only avoided relegation by four points last season, it has been a far more successful campaign for Cheltenham this time around as they comfortably in 15th place – 14 points above the drop zone. 

While there have been sparks of brilliance from the Robins, they have struggled to find any consistency and it is only in the last few weeks that Johnson’s side have shown some steady form. 

Their fine attacking form – Cheltenham’s tally of 58 scored is the sixth highest in Sky Bet League Two – has been somewhat undone by a leaky defence that has shipped 57 goals. 

But nonetheless, the Robins will prove a tough test and will be keen to push up the table in the final weeks of the season. 

Battle of the Unbeaten Records 

Both teams will put their respective unbeaten records on the line weekend as two of the form sides in League Two meet. 

While the Blues have gone seven games unbeaten, Cheltenham themselves are on a five-game streak without defeat. 

That run has included some eye-catching results including triumphs over play-off chasing Crawley and Swindon and draws with high-flying Notts County and Luton. 

Such form means that both sides will be full of confidence heading into this clash, which could well lead to an intriguing encounter. 

United’s good record to continue? 

The Cumbrians have lost just once since 2008 against Cheltenham, and will be hoping that form can continue this Friday. 

United have picked up five wins from the last ten meetings between the two sides, with Cheltenham having won only two. 

There have been 21 league meetings of the two teams, with Carlisle claiming seven wins compared to the Robins’ six - while eight games have ended in draws. 

But it’s the Blues who have had the better of the recent meetings, though, and they’ll be hoping for a similar result this time around.

Our meeting earlier this season ended in a 3-0 win for United, thanks to goals from Reggie Lambe and Tom Miller as well as an own goal.

Watch the highlights from this season's 3-0 home win here: 

Over Ten Years … 

While Carlisle’s overall record against Cheltenham has been positive in recnet years, you have to go back over a decade to find the last time we beat the Robins on their own patch. 

That victory came in 2007 as Joe Garner’s strike wrapped up a 1-0 win for the Cumbrians, with the following four trips to Gloucstershire ending in two Cheltenham wins and two draws. 

Ones to Watch 

+ Harry Pell - The midfielder was a key figure in the Robins’ promotion from the National League in 2016 and continued his fine form in League Two last season. Comfortable centrally or on the right, Pell was wanted by Blackpool during the summer transfer window last year, but turned down the Seasiders. Always looking to chip in with an assist or goal, the 25-year-old will need to be watched carefully. 

+ Mohamed Eisa - Plucked from non-league by Johnson during the summer, Eisa had a good track record before stepping up to the Football League and immediately demonstrated his worth to the Robins with five goals in pre-season. He has continued that fine form in competitive fixtures, with the lively striker having netted 20 times this season. Eisa is a handful for any defence with his pace and deadly finishing proving a powerful combination. 

+ Brian Graham - Another summer addition, Graham moved to the LCI Rail Stadium from Hibernian and could partner Eisa up to. Having proven himself north of the border, the striker is now looking to make a name for himself in England. At 29-years-old, Graham offers some valuable experience having represented the likes of Dundee United and Ross County in the past. An old-school target man, Graham’s physical presence could prove the ideal accompaniment to Eisa’s sheer pace.

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MATCH REPORT: Cheltenham 0 - 1 United

Report from the Friday afternoon away game

30 March 2018

Carlisle kept themselves right in the hunt with a vital victory at Whaddon Road courtesy of a spot-kick finish from Jamie Devitt.

It's still all to play for as United head into their Monday home fixture with an eight game unbeaten run to protect against Lincoln, but they were made to work for their spoils against an eye-catching Cheltenham outfit.

The Blues went with a diamond formation, with Liddle sat in front of the back four and Devitt at the spearhead, and they set about the game in determined mood with some neat passing exchanges.

But it was the Robins who had the first chance of the day when Dawson skipped through midfield then crossed from wide on the left. Eisa took it under control at the back stick but his shot was half blocked by Hill and easy for Bonham to save.

Carlisle got forward quickly from the clearance and a delivery from Jones whipped just past Stockton. Cheltenham struggled to clear and Devitt was able to rob possession as Grimes hesitated. A good recovery tackle stopped the shot at source.

An inswinging free kick from deep from Brown had Hill interested as he jumped high with Moore, but it skimmed past both men as Bennett lurked in the shadows. The ball came awkwardly off the surface and Grimes was able to help it on its way.

Cheltenham enjoyed a good attacking spell as the game settled into a steady pace and they almost edged in front when Sellars went past Brown to cross low from the left flank. Dawson was onto it in a flash but he could only stab his close-range volley wide of the upright.

Dawson used the space well once more moments later when he cut inside before finding Sellars on the overlap. He tried a shot on the run but Bonham was down well to deal with it.

A direct run from Morrell left him with options and he went for a defence splitting pass to send Eisa clean through. He was pushed wide but Bonham still had to palm it away as it flashed at his bottom corner.

More good work from Dawson saw him test Bonham again with a top corner bound attempt from out at an angle, but the keeper had covered his near post and he plucked it out of the air.

Carlisle were unlucky when Bennett earned them a corner with some tenacious work. Devitt sent it over, Hill nodded it down, but it hit a defender on the shin and was swept away quickly to safety.

A long range raking shot from Moore was of more concern to the United fans behind the goal than it was to their stopper, and the Blues worked their way forward well from the resulting goal kick.

Liddle was set up nicely by Brown for a cross, and a follow up from Joyce had to be headed behind before Devitt could connect. Another good delivery from him was deflected away from Ellis as he shaped to go for glory.

The flow of chances ceased in the run-up to the break with Hill doing well to stifle the best of them when Eisa was played through by Dawson. Good hold up play by Stockton in time added on for the half allowed him to roll his man and find Jones. The cross was dealt with as blue shirts flooded the area in hope of finding some loose scraps.

A shot from Winchester rattled into the side netting as Cheltenham came out for the second half looking to assert some authority, and Dawson brought a parry from Bonham when his scissor kick bounced just in front of the big keeper. It needed a scramble and a strong hand to get the ball completely under control.

Carlisle showed as a force when a touch from Bennett invited Devitt to stride forward. It opened up in front of him and his fierce shot bent late and smashed into the advertising hoardings. The same player put a free kick from almost the exact same spot into the same place when Stockton was dragged down by Moore.

A set piece at the other end almost paid dividend when Boyle beat Bonham to the dipping ball. His header looped high but fell onto the roof of the net. United broke and Devitt weaved his way into the area with Atangana snapping at his heels. He got the shot off but it was too close to the keeper.

Parkes slashed a first time effort wide when he was picked out by Devitt, and Hill had to block from Eisa as he tried to capitalise on a lofted headed clearance from the left back. 

Loud appeals for handball were waved away by the officials as Devitt felt he had the ball taken away from him by an arm, and even louder appeals were ignored as Bennett was wrestled to the floor having trapped it with his back to goal.

But they weren't to be ignored a third time when Nadesan touched Hope into space with a lovely pass. Boyle clumsily clashed with Hope and Devitt did the honours with a firmly struck spot kick.

The Cumbrians thought they'd doubled their lead when Devitt sparked another attack with a floated 40-yard pass to Nadesan. He fed it to Bennett, and the big striker beat his man with ease before shooting for the bottom corner. Flinders was relieved to see it come back off the inside of his post.

Carlisle started to boss things and Nadesan was disappointed with himself when he sliced a cross from Brown wide as he arrived late. Hope forced a fantastic save from the stopper in the next push forward when he went for a cracking shot as he came from deep. The fingertip touch was just enough to take it away.

There were skirmishes at both ends as the clock ticked down, and Hope had a one-on-one situation thwarted by Flinders, but it was United who took another step closer to the top seven as they managed the game out to its successful conclusion.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Devitt (74 pen)

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Bookings

Cheltenham Town - Sellars (24), Boyle (73)

Carlisle United - Devitt (29), Ellis (33), Bennett (45), Joyce (60)

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Teams

Cheltenham Town - Flinders, Grimes, Atangana, Dawson, Winchester, Boyle, Sellars (Graham 65), Eisa, Morrell, Moore (Pell 75), Chatzitheodoridis. Subs - Lovett, Cranston, Rodon, Onariase, Lloyd.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Parkes, Devitt (Lambe 90), Joyce (Hope 64), Jones, Stockton (Nadesan 64), Bennett. Subs - Gray, Grainger, O'Sullivan, Twardek.

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Referee - Mr Nicholas Kinseley

Attendance - 3,107 (309 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Cheltenham Town ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Cheltenham

11 March 2018

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United, Friday 30 March, kick off 3pm

Prices

Adult £21
Senior 65+ £15
Full time student with valid ID   £7
18 & under  £7
Wheelchair and carer  £15


Wheelchair supporters will pay £15 which includes admission with a carer.

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

Dates of sale

Date Time
Monday 12 March 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 13 March  10am – 5pm 
Wednesday 14 March  10am – 5pm
Thursday 15 March  10am – 5pm
Friday 16 March  10am – 5pm
Saturday 17 March  10am – 2.30pm 
Sat 17 March 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sunday 18 March  Closed 
Monday 19 March  10am – 5pm
Tuesday 20 March  10am – 5pm
Wednesday 21 March  10am – 5pm
Thursday 22 March  10am – 5pm
Friday 23 March  10am – 5pm
Saturday 24 March 10am - 2.30pm
Saturday 24 March  4.45pm – 5.15pm
Sunday 25 March  Closed 
Monday 26 March  10am – 5pm
Tuesday 27 March  10am – 5pm
Wednesday 28 March  10am –  5pm

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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 Monday 26 March 2018.
 
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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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