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23 October 2018 Venue Sincil Bank Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: It's back to Sincil Bank on Tuesday night

We take a look ahead to the midweek trip to Lincoln

22 October 2018

It'll be a tough test for the Blues in midweek as they travel to face tab

John AkindeThe Imps are into double figures with victories already, and have the set the piece with their attacking style of football.

A 1-0 home defeat to Crawley has been their only loss at Sincil Bank so far in league action, with Tranmere Rovers inflciting the only away defeat with a similar scoreline at the beginning of this month.

Potent going forward, they've registered three or more goals on five occasions, with their most impressive result thus far coming ten days ago, when they knocked six past Port Vale at Vale Park.

Lee Frecklington, Matt Green, Shay McCartan and Jason Shackell all have three goals each, but John Akinde will be the man to watch with five goals and three assists to his name already.


Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the midweek trip, manager John Sheridan said: "Lincoln are top of the table because they've been the most consistent side, and that's the important thing in this division.

"They get the ball forward and they get men in support quickly, and it's a very effective style of play. They'll be confident, because they're at home, but we know we have players who can cause them problems.

"It'll be a good game because we want to bounce back straight away from the disappointment of Saturday's performance and result. We know we have to keep picking up points if we want to be involved at the top end, and these are the games where you have to go and perfrom.

"I've said before that I want our players to believe in themselves, because I certainly do. We've seen a number of times that we're very hard to deal with once we get going, and if we play to our strengths as a team we feel we can get a result against anyone.

"We're going there to give our fans something to cheer about, and we'll achieve that by doing things properly. As I say, Saturday wasn't acceptable, so we I'm looking for a response."

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Did You Know?

+ Lincoln hold the record for dropping out of the Football League the most times, having been demoted or relegated on five occasions - in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011.

+ The Imps reached the Division Three play-offs in five successive seasons between 2002 and 2007, without earning any promotions - a record for the number of successive attempts without winning a final.

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+ Under the old two points for a win system, Lincoln racked up 74 points in the 1975/76 season, which is a record high.


Head to Head

These sides have met on a total of 69 occasions over the years, with the Imps on top in terms of a return on victories. The most recent meetings have been difficult for the Blues, with only one win in the last six outings - a 1-0 home success in 2006.

  Carlisle wins Draws Lincoln wins
League 20 13 33
FA Cup 2 0 1
Total 22 13 34

Tuesday's hosts won both games last season, as they settled well having come back into the Football League ranks, with a 4-1 home victory in the corresponding fixture early in the piece last term. Alex Woodyard, Matt Rhead (2) and Billy Knott got the goals for the home side, with Reggie Lambe registering our reply. Tom Parkes was sent off to rub more salt into the wounds with just over half an hour left to play.

Watch the goals from that game here ...

The result went against Carlisle again in April when a second half goal from Matt Green was enough to take the points back to Sincil Bank. There were more woes for the Blues when Mike Jones received his marching orders in time added on.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...


Man in the middle

Neil HairOur referee for this game is Mr Neil Hair.

Neil has taken charge of nine games so far this season and has shown 27 yellow cards and three reds. 

This is his first season in the Football League, and the first time he has taken charge of a fixture involving Carlisle United.

By far his most interesting fixture so far this season was his September trip to Home Park where an early Mark Cullen goal earned the Seasiders a good away victory.

However, things boiled over in time added on and when Blackpool's Marc Bola and Donervon Daniels were both given their marching orders.

Referee – Neil Hair
Assistant Referee 1 – Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee 2 – David Plowright
Fourth Official – Ian Dudley


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Lincoln 2 - 2 United

Report from the Tuesday night away game

23 October 2018

The Blues were on the road again on Tuesday as they faced high-flying Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

With Tom Parkes [hamstring] added to the injury list, United looked light at the back, and on the bench, as they went to the home of the league leaders with a vastly depleted squad.

Richie Bennett dropped back to play as a centre back to cover for the missing defenders, and Jack Sowerby filled in at right back as Gary Miller took a place on the bench. 

A run from McCartan had the home crowd interested early in the game as he took the ball past two challenges. He set himself but it was taken off his toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Carlisle responded with a good attack which saw Campbell slow things down deep inside the opposition half to allow Sowerby to get forward. One-touch passing followed, with Yates and Jones involved, but Etuhu was quickly closed down as he went for the volley.

The Blues came again moments later and they took the lead in style as Nadesan combined with Campbell on the edge of the centre circle. A lovely pass set Nadesan free, and he beat the offside trap to go one-on-one with Vickers. The keeper got a touch to the shot but he could do nothing to prevent it from going in as it spooned off his arm and into the back of the net.

United had to defend deliveries into the area as LIncoln sent men forward, but Gerrard, Bennett and Gillesphey coped with everything that came their way through a tense spell.

But the back line was undone on 13 minutes when O'Connor showed determination to first win the ball and then bully his way into a shooting position. He made no mistake as he rattled a thundering volley past Collin and into the bottom corner.

Home tails were up and a neat pass from Rhead eventually released Anderson inside the area. He shifted the ball with the outside of his boot but he could only find the side netting with his stinging drive.

Kelvin Etuhu survived loud appeals for handball when he stopped a cross from McCartan just inside the box. The referee waved play on as the crowd increased the decibel levels. 

Carlisle regained the lead when Gillesphey sent a massive clearance forward from his own half with his right boot. It skipped off the surface, but Nadesan was there in a flash as he used his pace to close things down and to put the defenders under pressure. Bostwick and Wharton were there, and they tried to guide it back to Vickers, but the touch was weak and Nadesan doubled his tally for the night - taking his season's total to seven - as he stretched out a toe to guide it past the advancing stopper and into the waiting net.

Lincoln saw plenty of the ball, without quite making any inroads, but they went close when Rhead got on the end of a dipping corner delivery. His header was going in until Gillesphey moved off his position on the post to head it to safety.

It was back to all-square just before the break when a free kick from wide was whipped into the box. It somehow got past everybody, and keeper Adam Collin was disappointed to see it nestle in his bottom corner as Andrade wheeled away to claim the goal.

United had a huge appeal for a penalty of their own turned down as Campbell tried to spin his man inisde the area just after the break. The assistant referee had a look but quickly turned away. 

The ball was fizzed across the box by Sowerby moments later, with Campbell a whisker away from getting on the end of it, and Yates also had a swipe as he tried to make something of it.

Lincoln countered and sub John Akinde showed skill to get past his man and cut the ball back. Campbell had tracked back to carry out defensive duties and he gratefully swept it to safety.

Collin had to go full length to save from Akinde when he was slid clear by Pett, and it was strong hands which prevented the ball from going in. Gillesphey completed the clearance before McCartan could pounce.

United continued to defend well as the Imps tried to increase the pressure, with Gillesphey and Bennett making good blocks at vital moments. 

And Lincoln had defending to do at the other end as Campbell found a yard before having a pop. It hit Toffolo before being hooked high and away from the danger area. United came again when Yates got his head down and angled a run in from the right flank. His shot was accurate but it was easy for Vickers to gather.

Both Etuhu and Jones were wasteful with shots from distance which rose over the bar, in what was a good spell for the Blues, and a scramble following a Gillesphey free kick had away fans on the edge of their seats as first Gerrard and then Campbell tried to make it count.

The hosts had little to show up front, but they continued to defend in depth as they had pinpoint corners from Jones to contend with. Wharton did particularly well to divert one such bullet over his own bar.

And the Blues thought they'd done enough when Campbell ghosted into space as Yates shielded the ball. The pass was made, and the ball drilled under Vickers and across the goal line, but there was nobody there to finish it off.

Lincoln showed late and they went within an inch of nicking it when Green twice lifted the ball over challenges with his toe end. It was there to be smashed in the net until Gerrard threw his boy at it to make an unbelievable clearance off the line. 

Green then scuffed a poor effort well wide as the clock ticked into the final minute, and United knew they'd more than earned their point from what was an excellent response to their disappointing weekend result.



Lincoln City - O'Connor (13), Andrade (44)

Carlisle United - Nadesan (6, 27)



Lincoln City - Vickers, O'Connor, Wharton, Pett, Rhead (Akinde 52), Andrade, Toffolo, Bostwick, McCartan (Green 74), Eardley (Wilson 32), Anderson. Subs - Slocombe, Gordon, Mensah.

Carlisle United - Collin, Gerrard, Jones, Gillesphey, Bennett, Slater, Campbell, Yates, Sowerby, Etuhu, Nadesan. Subs - Gray, Miller, Glendon, Adewusi, Egan, McCarron, Birch.


Referee - Mr Neil Hair

Attendance - 9,119 (146 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket information for the trip to Lincoln

Ticket information for the trip to Lincoln

7 October 2018

Lincoln City v Carlisle United, Tuesday 23 October, kick off 7.45pm


Adult £10
Senior (60+) £5
Young Adult (18-21) £5
Under 18 £5
Carer FOC

Ticket prices will not increase on the day. 

Tickets will either be for the Stacey West Stand or the Bridge McFarland Stand - stand allocation will depend on how many away tickets are sold. 

Click HERE to download Lincoln City's visiting supporters guide. 

Disabled info

Disabled supporters should have a medium/high level of Disability Living Allowance and any rate of PIP to qualify for a concession rate. Disabled carer tickets are only issued upon proof of a high rate of DLA or enhanced rate of PIP.

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant concession price with carer ticket free of charge.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Mon 8 Oct  10am – 5pm
Tue 9 Oct 10am – 5pm 
Wed 10 Oct 10am – 5pm
Thu 11 Oct 10am – 5pm
Fri 12 Oct 10am – 5pm
Sat 13 Oct 10am – 2.30pm 
Sat 13 Oct 4.45pm – 5.15pm
Sun 14 Oct Closed 
Mon 15 Oct 10am – 5pm
Tue 16 Oct 10am – 5pm
Wed 17 Oct 10am – 5pm
Thu 18 Oct 10am – 5pm
Fri 19 Oct 10am – 5pm 
Sat 20 Oct Closed
Sun 21 Oct Closed
Mon 22 Oct 10am – 12pm


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 Thursday 18 October 2018.
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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