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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to the visit of Cheltenham

We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

17 January 2019

United will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend with new manager Steven Pressley in place as the Robins come to town.

Luke VarneyCheltenham currently sit five points above the drop zone and will be stung by last weekend's defeat at the hands of Tranmere Rovers. 

Luke Varney gave the home side the lead just before the break, but Norwood, Miller and Banks struck back in the second half to turn the game on its head and make sure that Rovers took the points home.

The Robins started the new year with an emphatic 4-1 away victory at Yeovil, but two defeats in their last two league games are a reminder that there is still work to do. 

The signs are there that better is to come though, with this weekend's visitors unbeaten in league competition all the way through December.

With seven goals to his name, Luke Varney is one to watch out for, as are Tyrone Barnett and Conor Thomas. Barnett has rattled up five goals and four assists, and Thomas has five goals and one assist.


Manager’s thoughts:

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, new boss Steven Pressley said: "As soon as I found out there was a possibility that I could get the job I started to look closely at our next opponents.

"Cheltenham are under the stewardship of a young manager who likes his side to play football. They're a team that has been difficult to beat and I have no doubt they'll give us a real test. 

"They look after the ball and they get at teams, but I know our players are feeling confident after last week's setback. They'll want to put things right here at home this weekend because, as anybody will tell you, you need positive results at your own ground if you're going to achieve anything.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the fans and I know they want success just as much as we do. They'll be behind us and it's up to us to produce the kind of football they can enjoy and that they'll want to keep coming to watch."

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Did You Know?

Andy Gray+ It was originally thought that the Robins were founded in 1892, but recent research suggests it was actually five years earlier.

+ Former Aston Villa and Wolves striker Andy Gray ended his career at Cheltenham in 1990, netting seven goals in 20 appearances at Whaddon Road.

+ In 2015 it emerged that supporter Bryan Jacob left Cheltenham’s Supporters’ Club £222,000 in his will - the Supporters’ Player of the Season Award is now named after him.


Head to Head:

The sides have met a total of 25 times over the years, with United edging their way in front in the stats stakes thanks to the victory at Whaddon Road earlier this season. 


Carlisle wins


Cheltenham wins





FA Cup








Our last meeting was our second away trip of this season's campaign. The Blues took the lead just before the break, when Richie Bennett swept a nod down from Ashley Nadesan into the back of the net. That proved to be enough in what was an otherwise tight encounter.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that, we met at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in March 2018, and the Robins came out of the blocks firing in what was an entertaining game.

The hosts were made to pay for a string of missed chances when Hallam Hope tumbled to the floor inside the box late in the game.

Jamie Devitt kept a cool head before stepping up to smash the spot kick into the waiting net right in front of the travelling fans.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The Blues had made easier work of it earlier in the season when an own goal from Harry Pell – a swipe into the top corner as he tried to clear a loose ball with just five minutes on the clock – was added to by Reggie Lambe and Tom Miller as United ran out as 3-0 winners.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle:

Carl BoyesonThe referee for this game is Mr Carl Boyeson. Carl has taken charge of 25 games so far this season showing 91 yellow cards and three reds.

We last met him just two months ago when he was the man in the middle for our home game against Forest Green. Ben Morris and Carl Winchester had given the visitors a two-goal cushion, but a late Jamie Devitt penalty turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as Rovers claimed their victory. Anthony Gerrard was the only Carlisle name taken on the day.

Think back a year and he was in charge of a game that turned into a thriller for all the wrong reasons when we made the trip to face Wycombe last February. A horrible first half saw the Blues go two goals behind as Matt Bloomfield and Luke O'Nien bagged quickfire goals either side of the half hour mark.

The tide changed at the start of the second half when O'Nien was sent off, and a penalty from Danny Grainger brought United right back into the game. Jamie Devitt and Cole Stockton turned the game on its head, and the visitors appeared to have secured the three points as the clock ticked in to time added on.

That was when the world fell apart for the Cumbrians as Marcus Bean and Paris Cowan-Hall pounced within seconds of each other to leave the away side pondering what might have been.

Referee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Wild
Fourth Official - Helen Byrne


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 0 Cheltenham

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

19 January 2019

The Blues were back at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon to play host to Cheltenham Town with new manager Steven Pressley in place in the dugout having taken up his post with the club on Wednesday afternoon.

The home side were without right back Gary Liddle, who picked up a knock in training in the lead up to the game, and Macaulay Gillesphey was also on the bench as Regan Slater and Gary Miller stepped into the starting eleven.

It was a bright start to the encounter as teenager Liam McCarron found plenty of purchase on the right flank, and the passing was crisp as the midfield five got forward effectively to keep the Robins busy. 

Grainger, Etuhu and Sowerby all had efforts from distance which whipped over the target at the Waterworks End, and Cheltenham also had good moments as they tried to get early balls into the box. 

Collin had to tip over from a Hussey shot, as he wound his way into the area before letting fly, and Flinders had to do the same at the other end when Devitt drilled a powerful effort from distance.

The Blues had half chances from the resulting corner when a poor clearance landed at the feet of Gary Miller. His shot was blocked, and the reaction from Gerrard was quickly smothered as he tried to make something of the loose ball. 

Carlisle continued to use a patient, probing style of approach and that allowed Hope to cut inside and find a way into a dangerous position. He dropped a shoulder as he went for a dipping, considered shot, and Flinders was relieved to see it drop the wrong side of the upright.

Hope then hit post just as an offside flag went up following another well-worked attacking move, but things became tight as the teams started to cancel each other out through what was a tense spell of the game. 

A good run from McCarron saw him latch onto the ball behind the back four just before the break, and a rolled pass to Slater brought a teaser of a delivery. Alcock got a touch, and Hope was disappointed to see his header, from a very tight angle, fall into the side netting as he tried to guide it at the waiting target.

United enjoyed some good possession at the start of the second half and they got their reward with another superb build up down the right wing. Devitt, McCarron and Slater were involved and it was an exchange of passes between Devitt and Slater which took the latter into a very promising position. His cross took a deflection, but Devitt controlled it, with his back to goal, before stepping away from his man. His shot on the spin left Flinders with no chance as it found its way across the line via the inside of the post, taking him to nine goals for the season.

Cheltenham tried to respond immediately as Barnett found a yard outside the area. Collin dived low to tip it wide of the target.

But it was Carlisle who celebrated again as Jamie Devitt took advantage of hesitancy in midfield to rob possession. He came away with the ball, and his pass for Hope was inch perfect as the forward raced into the area. Flinders raced off his line but he could do nothing as Hope kept his cool before popping a calm shot into the bottom corner.

Varney gave Carlisle a scare when he worked room for a shot from just 12 yards out as Cheltenham threw bodies forward. Collin seemed comfortable as it zipped over his bar.

The afternoon got even better for the hosts when a mix-up in defence gave Devitt a sniff at picking up possession. He didn’t disappoint as he came away from his cheeky challenge with the ball at his feet and Hope raced into space with just one thing in mind. The pass was perfect, and the forward took his tally to nine for the season with the calmest of finishes as he dinked it past the advancing keeper.

The home side were dangerous again when captain Danny Grainger sparked a move from deep inside his own half when he went past his man tight by the touchline. Four passes later he was on the end of a dinked pass from Devitt with just Flinders to beat. He was on his wrong foot and he spun away in despair as his volley somehow crept past the post.

Striker Hallam Hope was next to be wasteful when he was put clean through once again by Devitt. It was a tighter angle but there were sighs of frustration as his shot dragged away from the nets.

Cheltenham broke and two blocked efforts left the ball spinning free with an invitation to shoot. Substitute Jacob Maddox hit it well from the edge of the area but Collin was equal to it with a two-handed save.

It was a good spell for the away side and Collin had to be on his mark again when Broom thundered a volley through bodies. The keeper parried it and Gerrard did the rest as he swept it away. 

Substitute George Glendon almost enjoyed a fantastic introduction to the game when a reverse pass from Jones left him with a clear sight. He caught his shot well but the keeper was well positioned to beat it away. 

United saw the game through, to claim the three points for their new boss, but they were somehow denied the icing on the cake of a third goal when a run from Hope left Slater with a close range shot. He appeared to have done everything right until his cruncher was blocked on the line.



Carlisle United - Devitt (49), Hope (56)



Cheltenham Town - Alcock (35)



Carlisle United - Collin, Miller (Glendon 81), Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, McCarron (Jones 75), Slater, Devitt (Simpson 83), Etuhu, Sowerby, Hope. Subs - Gray, Kennedy, Gillesphey, Egan.

Cheltenham Town - Flinders, Hussey, Tozer, Thomas, Broom, Waters (Maddox 65), Raglan, Clements, Barnett, Alcock (Dawson 86), Varney (Addai 65). Subs - Lovett, Mullins, Forster, Pring.


Referee - Mr Carl Boyeson

Attendance - 4,458 (110 away fans)

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