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17 November 2017

Following a stunning win against Yeovil last weekend, Keith Curle’s men are in league action once again as they travel to face Grimsby Town.

Grimsby lost out in their last outing, so will be keen to bounce back on home soil when the Cumbrians come to town.

With little to separate the sides in Sky Bet League Two, it could prove a pivotal fixture as both clubs look to move up the table.

We put The Mariners under the spotlight ahead of our visit to the Blundell Park:

Last Week a Blip?

While Grimsby were on the end of defeat in their last league game - beaten 2-0 by Exeter City - they were in a good vein of form before that.

Slade’s side had gone seven league games unbeaten prior to their trip to Devon, although five of those games had been draws.

And those stalemates have caught up with the Mariners who sit in 15th place - level on points with Carlisle and only four points off the play-offs.

The seaside outfit will be hoping that last defeat was merely a blip and if they can hit the ground running once again against United then they could surge up the table.

Striking Changes a Possibility

Grimsby skipper Nathan Clarke has urged his side to get on the front foot when the Blues visit - so could his manager be tempted to change his attacking selections?

Ex-Newcastle United man JJ Hooper put forward his case for a start on Saturday with a brace for the Mariners’ reserves in a 5-0 win over Burton Albion.

His strike partner on the afternoon, Harry Cardwell, also netted in the comprehensive win as both attempt to force their way into Slade’s thoughts.

Could Grimsby be tempted to try something different? The experienced Scott Vernon will be keen to retain his striking berth while former Fleetwood front man Jamille Matt will also be in Slade’s thoughts.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides have met regularly in recent years - and it’s Grimsby who have the better of the meetings.

Of the 42 times the pair have faced off, the Mariners have claimed victory in 22 of them with Carlisle triumphant on only nine occasions.

Recent form certainly favours Grimbsy, too, with the Black and Whites having claimed two victories from the last four meetings in all competitions - the other two ending in draws.

Last season saw two United take a point from Blundell Park, however, as the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Watch highlights from our last visit to Blundell Park here:

Mixed Record at the Seaside

While United’s recent trips to Grimsby have been fairly successful, it hasn’t always been the case.

Before the draw last season, the Blues won their previous league visit to Blundell Park courtesy of a Zigor Aranalde brace in January 2006.

But prior to that, United had gone over 50 years without a win on the Mariners’ home soil with the last triumph coming in the 1952/53 campaign.

Curle will be hoping he doesn’t have to wait quite that long to claim another victory in Grimsby.

Ones to Watch

+ James McKeown - Having consistently been one of the best goalkeepers in the National League during Grimsby’s time in non-league, McKeown has stepped up into the Football League with no problems and has established himself as a fine stopper. Commanding in the area and with good distribution, the keeper is a real asset to this Grimsby side.

+ James Berrett - A familiar face to United fans having spent four years at Brunton Park, Berrett joined the Mariners in 2016 having left York City. The box-to-box midfielder has matured with age and continues to prove effective at both ends of the pitch with some timely interventions in the defensive third and plenty of attacking contributions too. A leader within the Grimsby side, Berrett will need to be watched carefully or he could return to haunt his former employers.

+ Martyn Woolford - Grimsby turned a few heads with their signing of Woolford over the summer, with the winger having departed Championship outfit Sheffield United following their promotion. Having netted almost 60 career goals, Woolford offers a real attacking threat and has plenty of experience of playing at a much higher level. Lively in and around the penalty area, United will need to pay attention to his creativity come Saturday.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Grimsby 0 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away day

18 November 2017

United were at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon as they went up against Grimsby Town in their latest League Two fixture.

United made just one change as Kelvin Etuhu came in to replace the injured Nicky Adams on the left wing.

And they put in a near-perfect away display to take the points courtesy of a first goal for the club for experienced defender Clint Hill.

Hesitant defending from Summerfield gave United a corner from nothing early in the game but that was easily cleared as the cross from Grainger evaded Etuhu.

Lambe was then fouled on the edge of the box as he tried to skip through, with Carlisle looking very bright, and McKeown had to get down smartly as Jones went for the near post from the resulting free kick. 

Carlisle came again with lovely control from Lambe which allowed him to feed Grainger on the overlap. His delivery whipped across the face of the target but it was just in front of Bennett as he slid in to try to get the touch.

Good work from Jaiyesimi at the other end took him past his man and into the area. He spotted Vernon in space but Bonham did well to make the save as he went full length on the dive. Jaiyesimi was onto the loose ball but the flag was up for offside as he hit the bar.

A lobbed pass into the Carlisle box caused problems as a half clearance from Brown fell to Dembele. Bonham blocked a fierce shot at close range and Liddle did the same as Hooper tried a first-time toe poke through a ruck of bodies.

The Cumbrians created another good chance when Joyce put Brown into space on the right wing. His cross found Bennett but he couldn't guide his header at the target and the moment was gone.

A blocked long range shot from Brown left United light at the back, with the Blues committed forward, and the ricochet left Hooper with acres of space to run in to. He got his head down and made his way forward but his measured curler was always heading wide of the upright.

A drop of the shoulder from Lambe took him away from his man in a dangerous area and McKeown had to watch closely as it took a wicked deflection and dipped towards the roof of his net. 

There were chances at both ends in what was a very open game and Summerfield was next to go close when he took a pass from Mills in his stride. His 30-yarder had venom but it whipped into the stands.

The same player caused more of a test for Bonham with a 25-yard free kick which beat the wall and came low and straight through the crowd. The big stopper saw it late but he did well to get low and smother it.

Bonham was even better moments later when he somehow got across to claw a towering goal bound header from Collins from beneath his bar. And the action switched quickly to the other end as Bennett sudenly found himself eight yards out with just McKeown to beat. He tried to side foot it in but the keeper spread himself to make the save.

Carlisle broke through once again in time added on for the half with a ball over the top which Lambe controlled. It was a difficult chance but he was disappointed when he sent it into the side netting.

Grimsby fashioned the first opening after the break when Davies got wide to deliver. Hooper angled his run to meet it but his volley went well wide.

Jaiyesimi then bullied his way through two challenges to put himself into a shooting position but he couldn't quite shape his punt and it flew over the home stand roof.

It was a good spell for the hosts but they were almost undone when Jones and Brown wound their way down the right wing. A clipped cross brought a header from Hope which had to be tipped over the bar. 

United came again as they went short for the next set piece and another Jones delivery found Hill on the jump. The keeper scrambled across and was relieved to see it drop wide of the post.

Another half chance came when Etuhu got on the end of a huge free kick. His volley was nodded back across goal by Devitt but McKeown was there once again to claim it.

Carlisle were excellent on the break when Lambe surged from deep inside his own half to turn defence into attack. A lovely cross was guided behind, but the Blues stayed forward when the clearance fell to Joyce. He played it wide, and the cross from Liddle was perfect for Clint Hill to guide into the bottom corner as he found himself completely unmarked.

McKeown had more work to do as Grainger whisked a free kick at his near post, but he did just enough to turn it onto the woodwork and Davies helped it on its way.

Bonham saved from Mills late in the day as Grimsby attacked sporadically, and Mills miscued a volley from an excellent Davies pass as the Mariners tried to get themselves going.

But Carlisle closed ranks and saw the game through to a very successful conclusion.



Carlisle United - Hill (70)



Grimsby Town - McKeown, Mills, Clarke, Davies, Jaiyesimi (J Osborne 80), Collins, Rose, Summerfield, Vernon (Matt 74), Hooper (S Jones 65), Dembele. Subs - Killip, Kelly, K Osborne, Cardwell.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Grainger, Lambe, Joyce, M Jones, Etuhu (S Miller 90), Hope (Parkes 87), Bennett (Devitt 57). Subs - George, T Miller, Cosgrove, O'Sullivan.


Referee - Mr Rob Lewis

Attendance - 3,753 (218 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Grimsby Town

Blundell Park match ticket information

5 November 2017

Ticket prices and sales details for the Grimsby Town away game are detailed below:

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Mon 6 November  10am to 5pm
Tue 7 November  10am to 5pm 
Wed 8 November  10am to 5pm
Thu 9 November  10am to 5pm
Fri 10 November  10am to 5pm
Sat 11 November  10am to 2.30pm
Sat 11 November 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Sun 12 November  Closed 
Mon 13 November  10am to 5pm
Tue 14 November 10am to 5pm
Wed 15 November  10am to 5pm
Thu 16 November  10am to 5pm


Adult £18
Senior 65+ £11
Student with valid NUS card  £11
Young Adult 15-18 £11
Junior 14 and Under Accompanied £5
Junior 14 and under Unaccompanied  £7

All tickets (except for juniors) will increase by £2 on the match day.

Accompanied junior tickets can only be purchased from the Carlisle United ticket office either over the phone 08443 711 921 or in person at Brunton Park. Please see below for call charge details.

Disabled information:

Ambulant disabled supporters pay £18 with the carer ticket free of charge.

Wheelchair supporters must contact Grimsby Town FC on 01472 605 050 to purchase tickets which are priced at £18.


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. 
Post – send in a cheque for the correct amount, a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope.
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 14 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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