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We take a closer look at this weekend's opponent

9 March 2018

With four wins on the spin, United will be looking to continue their push towards the play-off places as they travel to face Exeter City.

A hard-fought victory over Grimsby last weekend saw the Blues move to within three points of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places with ten games left to play. 

But they’ll face a stern test of their promotion credentials this weekend as they face promotion-chasing Exeter City.

We put the Grecians under the spotlight ahead of our visit to St James’ Park: 

Play-Off Contenders Again? 

After narrowly missing out on promotion via the play-offs last season, Exeter began this season strongly and went eight games unbeaten at the start of the League Two campaign - a run of form which saw Paul Tisdale handed a long-awaited Manager of the Month prize for August. 

And they have managed to sustain that form through the season, meaning the Grecians currently sit sixth in Sky Bet League Two, and look set to be play-off contenders once again this season. 

Exeter have lost just one of their last four games – to fellow promotion rivals Mansfield Town – and look set to push upwards as the season progresses. 

Watch highlights of the play-off semi-final first leg here:

Watch highlights of the play-off semi-final second leg here:

Food for Thought for Tisdale 

Manager Paul Tisdale could have some selection dilemmas this weekend, with several players having recovered from recent injuries. 

While Kane Wilson will miss the game with the Cumbrians after picking up two yellow cards in their last outing, Exeter will be able to welcome back some experienced heads. 

Manager Paul Tisdale told the Grecians’ official website: “I don’t think we have been stronger in terms of the depth of the squad. All the players are back from injury. I am certainly not going to get too pleased about that because things can change literally in an instant.” 

What Does History Tell Us? 

The two sides have met regularly since the 1980s, and more so in the 21st century, with not much to separate either teams’ record. 

From 59 meetings, Exeter have the slightly better record having claimed 24 victories compared to United’s 19, with 16 games ending in draws. 

Recent league form has favoured Carlisle, however, with the Cumbrians having lost just one of their last five league games against the Grecians (excluding the play-offs). 

Meetings between the two clubs have seen plenty of goals over recent years too, with 33 goals scored in the last nine fixtures. 

Watch highlights of the 3-2 league home win last season here:

It’s a Long Journey Home 

It’s a 694-mile round-trip from St James’ Park to Brunton Park, and it’s not traditionally been a happy journey home for the Cumbrians in recent years. 

Of the last six times the two clubs have met at St James’ Park, United have claimed only one victory – a 3-2 win on the final day of last season. 

Watch highlights of the 3-2 league away win last season here:

Keith Curle will be desperate to improve that record this weekend and make it five wins on the bounce. 

Ones to Watch 

+ Jordan Moore-Taylor - Exeter’s captain and a key part of their backline, Moore-Taylor came through the ranks at St. James’ Park before bursting onto the scene in the 2012/13 campaign with a string of impressive performances. Since then, the 23-year-old has gone from strength-to-strength with last season perhaps his best in a red and white shirt as he contributed five goals on the Grecians’ run to the play-off final, while also picking up the Away Travel Player of the Year award. 

+ Dean Moxey - An experienced head in Exeter’s fairly young team, Moxey rejoined his hometown club this summer having spent time at Derby, Crystal Palace and Bolton. He initially made his debut for the club in 2003 and helped City back into the Football League and then into League One before departing for Derby in 2009. Comfortable in either midfield or defence, Moxey’s know-how and higher-level experience will be vital for the Grecians this season. 

+ Jayden Stockley - Striker Stockley rejoined Exeter on transfer deadline day after enjoying a highly-successful loan spell at St James’ Park in 2016. During his temporary stay with the Grecians he netted 10 goals in only 21 appearances, and this form attracted the attention of Aberdeen who lured him north of the border. But after finding first team opportunities limited at Pittodrie he returned to join Tisdale’s men and will hope to recapture the form from his first spell at the club.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Exeter 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

10 March 2018

It was back on the road for United as they made the trip into the south west on Saturday afternoon.

Cumbrian play-off dreams remain well and truly alive as the Blues picked up a well deserved point from high-flying Exeter.

United had two early deliveries to deal with as the Grecians attacked from the off but Hill guided the first one away on the volley, and Bonham was there to grasp the second as Sweeney tried to find his strikers.

The Blues had an excellent attack of their own when Bennett flicked a huge ball forward into Devitt's path. The wide man carried the ball into the box and popped a low delivery across the face of goal. Stockton got a toe to it but he was under pressure and his shot spun away to safety.

The visitors came again as Hope surged out of the packed midfield with the ball at his feet, and he won a free kick as he was upended 23-yards from goal. The opportunity was spurned as the set piece from Devitt flew over the waiting heads.

Hope came again with a direct run down the left flank and he had Pym worried as he unleashed a curler from the right hand angle of the area. The keeper reacted late and was relieved to see it skip off the surface and bounce past the post.

It was a good start from the Blues and Hill put a header from another Devitt corner right at Pym when he jumped highest to make contact. Joyce picked up a booking for a late tackle on Boateng, but the referee completely missed a nasty challenge from Tillson which left Jones writhing in agony on the floor.

Things calmed down and the football returned with a snapshot on the spin from Stockton which touched a thigh and went behind for a corner. Pym was off his line to grab the deep Devitt delivery.

It took the Grecians 38 minutes to really trouble the United back line, and that came when Liddle miscontrolled on the bumpy pitch as he tried to wrong foot Stockley. He pulled the forward back and picked up a yellow card for his efforts. The free kick was inch perfect but Parkes managed to get there before Troy Brown.

Three corners followed, and the third was made to count when a half clearance was nodded back into the mix. Moxey initially appeared to be offside, but he ignored the appeals and swept the loose ball home on the volley.

United were on the front-foot again from the restart but they couldn't make good from their attacking positions as they faltered going into the final third. 

Exeter bided their time and they broke through with a pass from Boateng which Taylor took in his stride. Bonham had to dive low to make the save as a driven shot came at him.

The Cumbrians missed an excellent chance of their own when they Bennett went on a run down the left wing. He used Nadesan to create an overlap, and then asked for the ball to feed it onwards to Devitt. The midfielder tried to guide his shot in from 19-yards but it whisked just past the upright.

Carlisle got the goal they deserved on 64 minutes when the Grecian defence got itself into a muddle. Substitute Ashley Nadesan was put clean through and he made no mistake with an excellent finish into the top corner.

Devitt tested Pym moments after the goal, with a dipping free kick from the edge of the box, but the keeper was well placed to pluck it from beneath his bar. Bennett then protected a pass from Parkes, but he scuffed his shot as he turned his man and went for glory.

Taylor wasn't too far away for Exeter when he tried his luck from distance at it opened up for him at the other end. His punt had power but it was always too high.

Both teams went for it through the closing stages - a deflected Hope shot sat up kindly for Pym when he was found by Twardek, and a punch from Bonham stopped a home free kick from mounting to much - and it was Carlisle who finished the stronger.

Hope forced a parry from Pym when he cut inside, and Lambe had two follow-ups blocked as he tried to finish things off. The same player then headed over from the resulting corner.

Bonham had a late save to make from Taylor, but that was that as the combatants shared the spoils.



Exeter City - Moxey (42)

Carlisle United - Nadesan (64)



Carlisle United - Joyce (20), Liddle (40)



Exeter City - Pym, Sweeney, Tillson, Harley, Holmes (Edwards 33), Stockley, Moore-Taylor (Woodman 8), Moxey, Taylor, Brown, Boateng. Subs - Jones, James, Archibald-Henville, Simpson, Jay.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Liddle, Ellis, Hill, Parkes, Devitt, Jones, Joyce (Lambe 64), Hope, Stockton (Nadesan 57), Bennett (Twardek 76). Subs - Gray, Grainger, Brown, O'Sullivan.


Referee - John Busby

Attendance - 3,488 (201 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Exeter City

Ticket information for the trip to Exeter

25 February 2018

United are at Exeter in March for what will be another tough League Two fixture.

Dates of sale for this fixture are as follows:

Date Time
Monday 26 February  10am to 5pm
Tuesday 27 February  10am to 5pm 
Wednesday 28 February  10am to 5pm
Thursday 1 March  10am to 5pm
Friday 2 March  10am to 5pm
Saturday 3 March  10am to 2.30pm  
Saturday 3 March 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Sunday 4 March  Closed 
Monday 5 March  10am to 5pm
Tuesday 6 March  10am to 5pm
Wednesday 7 March  10am to 5pm
Thursday 8 March  10am to 5pm
Friday 9 March  10am to 5pm


Adult £22
Senior (over 64) £19
Student £19
U18 £9.50

Students require a valid NUS / matriculation card. 

Tickets are available on the day, but there will be a £1 price increase per ticket. 

For Wheelchair tickets please ring 01392 411243 (option 2 or 3). 

Ambulant disabled fans are charged the appropriate age-related price. and an assistant receives a free ticket.


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 6 March 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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