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MATCH REPORT: Forest Green Rovers 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

16 March 2019

It was down the M5 once again for the Cumbrians this weekend as they travelled to the south west to face Forest Green Rovers.

The Blues were missing midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, who was with his partner as she gave birth to their first child, and Mike Jones was recalled to the starting line up to take his place.  

Gary Miller and Nathan Thomas also came into the eleven, with Gary Liddle and Stefan Scougall dropping to the bench. 

Both teams passed the ball well on the floor, despite the wind, and United created the first chance of the afternoon when Thomas stepped inside his man to cross low. Devitt got a touch as he arrived late but Ward watched the diverted shot all the way into his hands.

The away aside created another excellent opening inside the opening five minutes when Hope found Devitt with a neat lay-off. O'Hare broke through, and he took a looped pass well on his chest as he burst into the box. He was off-balance as he pulled the trigger and his attempt went well wide.

Carlisle camped forward and crosses from O'Hare and Thomas brought rushed clearances as the defence looked agitated and slow to react. Long range efforts from Jones and Devitt took deflections as the visitors looked for a way through, with the second of those shots dipping kindly for keeper Ward to grasp.

Rovers fashioned their first opening of the day when a corner delivery stayed low and eventually fell for Shephard to strike. He didn't look comfortable at all as he leaned back before scooping it over the bar.

A purposeful run from Miller from just inside his own half was matched by the same from Thomas as he he ran across the face of the 18-yard box, leaving two defenders stood still. A low crunching shot had power but Ward dropped quickly to make the save.

It was still United asking the questions and a superb defence splitting pass from Miller found Devitt making a move into the box. He took a touch before spinning to shoot but Mills did well to get his boot in the way.

Carlisle thought they'd done enough from the corner that followed when Grainger hung his delivery up in the wind. Hope took a step back at the far post to send it back where it had come from and Thomas reacted first to put his head on it. Ward was beaten, but it came down off the underside of the bar and Winchester gratefully hooked it away.

Thomas was excellent again moments later when he took a pass from Jones full on the chest. That left him with just Ward to beat but the keeper spread himself to make an excellent save.

It was impressive stuff from the Cumbrians and O'Hare was next to try to provide a supply route as he switched flanks to come at Mills from the right. It almost worked straight away as he popped a pass into the six-yard box for Hope to chase. Godwin-Malife got there first to sweep the ball clear.

The Carlisle pressure was made to count for nothing just past the half hour when the dangerous Reece Brown was allowed to run through midfield completely unattended. He had time on his side when the ball came his way and he was able to pick his spot, with his side's first shot on target of the day, with a thunderbolt which bulged the top corner of the net.

United looked for a response but Ward did well again as he palmed a shot on the turn from Slater into the ground. He was there again as Devitt tried to poke the pieces through to Hope, with the striker in acres of space.

Another fantastic chance went begging for Carlisle when O'Hare robbed possession from Gunning on the halfway line. Thomas was put clean through by a lovely pass, but Ward was off his line at the sprint to make a vital save. The ball was loose once again, but Ward did well as he threw out an arm to prevent O'Hare from finishing it off.

Devitt was a whisker away as he went for it from 23-yards following a well worked move in time added on for the half, but it was Rovers who had the advantage as the teams headed into the break.

Rovers were gifted a corner with just two minutes on the second half clock when a back pass from Jones caught a gust and skipped past Collin. A deep delivery whipped past the keeper and United were able to regroup.

But it was the hosts who got themselves in a real mix as Devitt and O'Hare made the ball their own in midfield, with two home players waiting for each other to take charge. A through ball appeared to be dealt with, but Thomas was on it like a flash as McGinely dithered, and he made no mistake as he slotted it past the stranded Lewis Ward to bag his first strike for the club.

Carlisle grew in stature and a quick throw from Grainger found Devitt with his back to goal, and he stayed patient before rolling it for Jones to strike. Ward had to jump to tip it over the bar.

Grainger had two shots blocked as he latched onto the corner, and Thomas forced the stopper into a full length diving save as he waited for the half clearance to come his way before unleashing an accurate volley.

Collin had to save a weak effort from Winchester as Rovers attacked sporadically, and Reid slashed one over as he tried to pick his side up as they once again battled to get themselves on top.

Another gilt-edged visiting effort went begging when a Devitt corner found its way through to Parkes. Just six-yards out he somehow managed to send his volley at a defender and he was left with his head in his hands as it was clattered away from the danger area.

A long period of stalemate saw Williams have the best of the half chances to make something happen, but his shot was charged down with Collin untroubled. A grasscutter from Slater tested Ward at the other end, with the keeper getting there just as it threatened to find its way across the line.

Carlisle were let off the hook late in the day when a 35-yard wind-assisted free kick from Williams smashed back off the post, but they went close themselves when a low punt from O'Hare was parried. Hope was first to the rebound but a touch from Rawson was enough to send that wide, and the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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Goals

Forest Green Rovers - Brown (31)

Carlisle United - Thomas (49)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Parkes (84)

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Teams

Forest Green Rovers - Ward, Shephard, Rawson, Winchester, Doidge, Brown, Gunning, McGinley, Godwin-Malife (Mondal 89), Mills, Reid (Williams 69). Subs – L Thomas, James, Grubb, Pearce, McCoulsky.

Carlisle United - Collin, Miller, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Jones, O'Hare, Devitt (Scougall 81), Hope (Simpson 90), N Thomas. Subs - Gray, Liddle, Kennedy, Grant, Branthwaite.

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Referee - Mr Graham Salisbury

Attendance - 2,381 (293 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Forest Green Rovers ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Forest Green

3 March 2019

Forest Green Rovers v Carlisle United, Saturday 16 March, kick off 3pm

Prices

Seating (covered)  Advanced price Matchday price
Adult £21 £22
Senior 65+ £16 £17
Under 21 £10 £11
Under 16 Free with an adult, senior or U21 £8
Under 11 Free with an adult, senior or U21 Free with an adult, senior or U21
Carer FOC FOC
Terracing (covered)  Advanced price Matchday price
Adult £19 £20
Senior 65+ £15 £16
Under 21 £9 £10
Under 16 Free with an adult, senior or U21 £7
Under 11 Free with an adult, senior or U21 Free with an adult, senior or U21
Carer FOC FOC

Wheelchair tickets are available at the age relevant price. If you are a Blue Badge holder or need a space close to the stadium for accessibility reasons, please contact FGR reception on 01453 834 860 to book a space in advance. There is a park and ride scheme available for this match of a cost of £3, please call the number above for more information.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Monday 4 March  10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 5 March  10 am – 5 pm 
Wednesday 6 March  10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 7 March  10 am – 5 pm
Friday 8 March 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 9 March  10 am – 2.30 pm + 4.45 pm – 5.15 pm
Sunday 10 March  Closed 
Monday 11 March  10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 12 March  10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 13 March  10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 14 March  10 am – 5 pm

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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 purchased over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 12 March

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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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