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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: United face Northampton this weekend

A look ahead to this weekend's game

11 January 2019

The Blues take their six-game winning streak to Northampton this weekend as they look to cement their place in the division's promotion mix.

Andy WilliamsThere'll be plenty of familiar faces with former-boss Keith Curle and coaches Colin West and Dan Watson now in place at Sixfields.

Striker Kevin van Veen, who scored against Carlisle in August, has moved back to Scunthorpe at the start of this transfer window, and there's expected to be more movement, both in and out, as the new manager seeks to make his mark.

Last Saturday saw the Cobblers miss out on a point, as Forest Green snatched a late winner, and that brought an end to a run of five games unbeaten in the league. Four of those games, incidentally, were stalemates as Northampton established themselves as a team which is now very hard to beat.

With van Veen gone for an undisclosed fee, Andy Williams and Matt Crooks remain the players to watch in a side which likes to get the ball down and attack. 

Click HERE for full ticket and parking information at the Sixfields Stadium. 

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Manager’s thoughts ...

Paul MurraySpeaking ahead of the game, joint caretaker boss Paul Murray said: "There's obviously added interest with Keith having been with us last season, and with our manager situation as it is now.

"To be honest, that's outside the club, and it doesn't really affect us. We have a job to do and we'll be going down there to do just that.

"Confidence is high at the moment, but we know that Keith has got his team galvanised and playing really well. They're very hard to beat, and we know they'll be looking to turn draws into wins so that they can get on with climbing the table.

"As usual we'll respect the opposition, but we'll go there looking to play our game as well. We've seen what we can achieve when we all do our jobs and we all want to keep this run going for as long as we possibly can.

"We've got ourselves into a great position, but we've achieved nothing yet. We know there's a lot of work still to do."

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Did You Know?

+ The Cobblers signed Walter Tull, the league’s first ever black outfield player – and, incidentally, the first ever black officer in the British Army – from Spurs in October 1911. He became a club legend, complete with his own statue, but sadly died at the second battle of the Somme during World War 1.

+ The club’s lowest ever league attendance was at the old County Ground for a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Chester City during the 1984/85 season. 945 fans turned out to watch the game – the only time a league crowd ever dropped below 1,000.

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+ The first ever game at the new Sixfields Stadium venue was a 1-1 draw with Barnet on Saturday 15 October 1994. The fixture was played out in front of a capacity crowd.

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Head to Head

The sides have met a total of 41 times over the years, with Northampton slightly edging it in terms of victories.

 

Carlisle wins

Draws

Northampton wins

League

12

14

15

Total

12

14

15

Our last meeting was at the start of this season when the teams played out a 2-2 draw. Jamie Devitt gave the Blues the lead with a stunning strike on the half hour, but Kevin van Veen pulled things level just before the break. Matt Crooks put the visitors ahead midway through the second half, but the lead lasted just 60 seconds as Hallam Hope struck back in the very next attack.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Man in the middle:

Lee SwabeyThe referee for this game is Mr Lee Swabey. Lee has taken charge of 16 games so far this season showing 53 yellow cards and two reds.

We last saw him for our Emirates FA Cup first round game away at Crewe Alexandra in November, where Jamie Devitt got a deflected 90th minute goal to put us through to the second round. 

Anthony Gerrard, Jamie Devitt, Richie Bennett and Jerry Yates were the United names taken on the day. 

Referee - Lee Swabey
Assistant Referee 1 - Carl Fitch-Jackson
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Graham
Fourth Official - Steven Plane

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Cobblers 3 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

12 January 2019

United were at Sixfields on Saturday afternoon to face hard-to-beat Northampton Town in their second away game of the New Year.

Teenager Liam McCarron made his first ever league start as he came in for Ashley Nadesan, who had returned to parent club Fleetwood Town at the end of his half season loan spell earlier in the week.

The Blues were looking to equal a club record of seven consecutive league victories, but it was the home side who attacked first with a run of two quickfire corners. Liddle and Parkes were at the heart of the defending for those, and a wayward volley from Andy Williams brought a close to the early spell of pressure.

United repsonded with a slick move from a Grainger throw which saw Devitt find Sowerby in space. He slid the ball past the back line for Hope to chase, but Cornell was off his line quickly to gather it up.

Northampton were denied the lead by excellent defending from Gerrard when Hoskins cut inside Gillesphey tight by the byline. The reverse ball into the area was met on the full by Williams but Gerrard somehow got there to make the block. Williams tried to recover the loose ball but blue shirts were back to deal with the danger.

Carlisle were awarded a free kick on the right hand angle of the area as they got forward in numbers and Cornell had to watch closely as a dipping effort from Grainger came at him as it beat the wall.

Bridge was a whisker away with a rifled set piece from distance at the other end, but Collin seemed comfortable as he dived long to watch the ball go wide. 

A direct run from McCarron earned his side a corner, as the action ebbed and flowed, but McWilliams cleaned that up at the near post as it curled low and fast.

Hope caused problems when he dropped a shoulder and cut inside two defenders. His shot had venom but it was deflected behind to safety.

There was plenty going on, and a great cross from Facey needed a near post runner, but Parkes got there first to make the clearance. The resulting corner was met by Andy Williams but he couldn't keep his header down.

Carlisle showed their ability to break with meaning on 25 minutes when a Northampton corner was charged down on the edge of their own area. McCarron took a touch and released Sowerby, and he carried it from defence to attack with Hope in support. He was closed down quickly and his shot, when it came, was right at the keeper.

Both sides were then presented with one-on-one opportunities within seconds of each other as the game remained wide open. The Cobblers went first when a huge ball forward was controlled by Andy Williams. He tried to pick his spot early, with a crisp shot from long range, but Collin jumped high to make an excellent two-handed save.

Carlisle moved the ball quickly from the rebound and Hope was suddenly in the clear at the other end. He drew the keeper off his line but was disappointed to see his toe poke bobble the wrong side of the upright.

The Cumbrians came again with more one-touch football just outside the opposition box and Devitt bided his time before rolling it across for Sowerby to shoot. It was an excellent connection but it fizzed past the post as the midfielder placed his head in his hands in frustration.

Cox popped a 25-yard free kick over the bar as the action refused to abate, and Sowerby and Hope crunched volleys at Cornell after good positions had been worked.

Devitt was denied a top corner finish moments before the break when a deep cross was nodded down by Grainger. A thundering volley caught the keeper on his heels but he did well to throw a hand up and beat it away. The follow up from Grainger was also net bound until Facey got himself in the way.

The home side had the lead just three minutes into the second half when Carlisle allowed a low cross from the right to bounce across their area. An initial connection was blocked, but the loose ball sat up nicely for Jack Bridge. He made no mistake with a thundering effort from just 10 yards out.

Home tails were up, and they stayed forward with Facey and Bridge trying to add to the tally, but solid blocks were the order of the day. And Carlisle had a good chance of their own when a Devitt free kick found its way to the back stick. Gerrard and Parkes battled, and the ball came off both and looped over the target.

A moment of skill from Hoskins sent him on a run just before the hour when he spun away from Parkes midway inside the Carlisle half. He bore down on goal and he thought he'd done enough until fingertips from Collin diverted it beyond the far post.

The home lead was doubled on 62 minutes when Bridge rounded off a very good move with a volley from a tight angle into the bottom corner.

New arrival Connor Simpson had his first chance in a blue shirt when Devitt curled a cross into the box. He threw himself at it to make the connection and his header whisked past the angle of post and bar.

It was over as a contest on 73 minutes when substitute Junior Morias was played through by another precise pass. Collin had no chance as the nippy forward slotted the ball through his legs.

Bennett headed over from another teasing Devitt delivery as United tried to get something from the game, and Simpson guided a volley over when Bennett cut the ball back for him to strike late in the day. 

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Goals

Northampton Town - Bridge (48, 62), Morias (73)

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Bookings

Northampton Town - McWilliams (55)

Carlisle United - Etuhu (32), Hope (77)

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Teams

Northampton Town - Cornell, Facey, Hoskins (Morias 63), Foley, A Williams (Powell 63), Cox (Buchanan 75), Pierre, McWilliams, Turnbull, Bridge, J Williams. Subs - Odoffin, Bowditch, Roberts, Coddington.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey (Bennett 74), Grainger, Sowerby, Devitt, Etuhu, McCarron (Simpson 63), Hope (Slater 90). Subs - Gray, Miller, Kennedy, Jones.

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Referee - Mr Lee Swabey

Attendance - 4,875 (484 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket and pricing information for Northampton

Away day match information

6 January 2019

United travel to face Northampton Town for their second away game of 2019.

Northampton Town v Carlisle United, Saturday 12 January, kick off 3pm

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Thursday 3 January 10am to 5pm
Friday 4 January 10am to 5pm
Saturday 5 January 10am to 2.30 pm
Saturday 5 January 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Sunday 6 January Closed 
Monday 7 January 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 8 January 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 9 January 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10 January 10am to 5pm

Prices:

  Advance Sale Match day price
Adult  £22 £24
Senior (+65)  £18 £20
Under 21  £18 £20
Under 18  £10 £12
Under 11  £9 £12
Under 7  FOC FOC
Carer FOC FOC

Ticket collections

Pre-paid ticket collections will be from the porta cabin situated outside the away end – cash only for buying tickets.

There is an away bar in the away end open from 1pm – away fans do not have access to our supporters bar. 

Parking

Disabled parking MUST be pre-booked on 01604 683777 at a cost of £4. 

Other parking is available in our car parks at £4 per car. 

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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 Wednesday 9 January 2019.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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