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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to this weekend's away game

Mansfield Town are next up for the Blues

30 August 2018

The Stags have very much been League Two’s draw specialists through the first month of the season with four consecutive stalemates taking their points total tally to seven, when added to their opening day home victory over Newport County.

Unbeaten in the league, they come in to this weekend’s fixture fresh off a very good midweek display, despite the end result, against West Brom in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

They finished just outside the play-off places last term, with 72 points and an eighth spot berth, and have made no secret of the fact that they are looking for an improvement this time round. They currently sit in mid table, poised and ready to kick on.


Hard to beat

Tyler WalkerTyler Walker and Otis Khan have four and three goals respectively, with Khan weighing in with three assists through what has been a very productive start to his campaign. 

The Stags have conceded more than once in a game on just one occasion, and have proved to be very difficult to break down.


Manager’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: “They’re a good team and they have some good players. They’re very attack-minded, they want to get forward, and they’re unbeaten for a reason, even though they’ve drawn a few games.John Sheridan

“I know Dave Flitcroft well, he’s a good manager, and his teams always play good football. He knows me as well, he knows what I’m about, so he will be expecting us to compete and to try to get at them.

“We’re going there buoyant and we’re going to try to win it. I want the lads to believe in themselves and, with the good run of form, I want them going there thinking they’re going to get something.

“I want the supporters going down there thinking we’re going to win as well, and I want to get that into everyone involved with the club.”

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Comments from Stags boss David Flitcroft ...

"They [Carlisle] have made a great start. John Sheridan is a born winner and he’s taken that into his management.

"He had a tough job at Fleetwood and he’s gone to Carlisle and started working on what he’s doing there.David Flitcroft

“It’ll be a tough game. Our performances, and certainly what we’ve done this season [has been good]. 

"I’m really looking forward after a string of away games to play in front of our home supporters again.

"We just have to make sure we are better in the final third and more ruthless and clinical in that last third. That’s the bit that’s missing." 


Did You Know?

Stags+ After becoming Mansfield Town in 1910, the club originally played in red and white and later black and white before changing to their now recognised yellow.

+ The Stags became the first British team to go unbeaten in a 23-game season during the 1950/51 campaign, but finished second in the league.

+ The club has won only one cup in their history - the Football League Trophy in 1987. It came after a penalty shootout victory over Bristol City.


Head to Head

The clubs have met a total of 76 times in all competitions with a fairly even split along the way. United have won 29 of the encounters with Mansfield edging with 30 to their win tally.


Carlisle wins


Mansfield wins









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Last season saw these two teams slug out a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park, in September, with Hallam Hope bagging an early goal with just 15 minutes on the clock. The Stags rallied after the break and Calum Butcher got the goal that eventually led to a share of the points just before the hour mark.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

A poor first half for the Blues at Field Mill on New Year’s Day saw them trail by two goals at the break, courtesy of finishes from Kane Hemmings and Rhys Bennett, but Carlisle thought they’d given themselves hope when Jamie Devitt bit back from the penalty spot. Any signs of a resurgence were stamped out when Hemmings scored his second of the day with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle:

Darren DrysdaleThe referee for this game is Mr Darren Drysdale. Darren has taken charge of five games so far this season and has shown 18 yellow cards and one red.

We met him twice last season – coincidentally for this very fixture on New Year’s Day. See above for the highlights and details of that fixture. John O’Sullivan and Richie Bennett were the United names that went in the book that afternoon.

He was also the man in the middle for our trip to face Notts County a month later, in February. Jamie Devitt scored a late consolation, but a first half brace from Jon Stead had already done the damage. No Carlisle names were taken on the day.

Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Wayne Grunnill
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official - Matthew Jones


Ticket information:

At time of going to press, United have sold 216 away tickets for this fixture.

Tickets are available on the day, but there is a £2 increase in price.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Stags 1 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

1 September 2018

United were at the One Call Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face unbeaten Mansfield Town in their latest League Two fixture.

The game started at a frantic pace as both sides looked to get forward at every opportunity. A low cross from MacDonald had to be ushered away by Yates, as he dropped deep into a wing back role, and Sweeney had to clear at the other end as Hope lurked.

Tyler Walker showed that he has an eye for goal with just five minutes on the clock when he shielded the ball 22-yards from the target. He went for an early low shot and Collin had to dive low to his left to prevent it from creeping in.

A long kick from the United stopper was flicked on by Bennett and Hope raced past his man to try to get a touch. Olejnik stayed alert and gathered it into his chest before the striker could set himself.

Determined work from Etuhu earned the Blues their first corner of the game on the quarter hour, but it was a flat delivery from Devitt and the Stags dealt with it easily. United stayed forward and a through ball from Parkes sent Bennett on a run down the left flank. He crossed low but it was too close to Olejnik.

Mansfield thought they'd opened the scoring midway through the half when Khan spotted Rose completely unmarked as he took a corner. The blistering header had Collin beaten but captain Gary Liddle was on the line to make a vital block.

United responded with a good break when they had numbers in support. Devitt pulled off his man to take a pass from Hope and his crunched delivery just needed a slight touch as it skipped across the face of the target. Bennett and Yates were just too far away to make it count.

It was suddenly end-to-end and a lofted ball from MacDonald found Preston with time on his hands as he lurked at the back stick. He couldn't find a touch and the ball bounced harmlessly behind.

Intricate play from the Cumbrians just ahead of the break saw Hope hold the ball up well before swapping short passes with Devitt on the edge of the box. A cross to the back post bent sharply from the midfielder and he was disappointed to see it come to rest on the roof of the net.

The hosts had a great chance to take the lead on the stroke of half time when Hamilton timed his run to go one-on-one with Collin inside the area. The keeper was excellent as he marked his first start of the campaign with a full length save. The ball spun free but Liddle was there once again to hook it to safety.

Preston then went close when he got on the end of an outswinging corner just nine yards out. He headed it into the ground and it bounced high and wide of the upright.

The second half took a while to get going but Carlisle were almost undone when a wayward pass from Glendon invited Mansfield to attack. Rose was suddenly in space but he rushed his shot and it bobbled wide. The same player was clean through seconds later but he couldn't wrap his boot round his volley and Collin did well to make another good save.

The pressure was made to tell when what looked like a harmless coming together of bodies between Yates and Hamilton saw referee Darren Drysdale point to spot. Walker sent his penalty kick low and down the middle to open the scoring.

A double substitution brought Nadesan and Sowerby into the fray and a flick from the former was picked up by Yates as he went on a run. He went for a shot but Olejnik was down sharply to make the save.

Gillesphey and Hope had good crosses cleared as United stayed forward, but there was still work to do at the other end as a deflected shot from MacDonald sailed over the bar. Khan stood over a 25-yard free kick given as that set piece was cleared, but he couldn't keep his effort down.

Davies beat the offside trap to surge into the area as Carlisle sent men forward in search of a response, leaving spaces at the back, but Gerrard was superb as he recovered to make a vital tackle. 

Substitute Adam Campbell almost made an immediate impression when he was found by Nadesan just inside the area, but a snapshot was blocked by Pearce as it headed at the bottom corner.

A second penalty appeal for the hosts was waved away when Davies came under pressure from Gerrard and Liddle, and Pearce headed over from the corner as he bundled through bodies to connect with his head.

Khan somehow found a way through a run of challenges with just under 10 minutes left to play but his toe poke hit the woodwork as he stretched to try to put it away. The rebound was on a plate for Hamilton but he took his eye off the ball and blazed it over the bar.

Collin saved low from a downward header from Sweeney as the clock ticked down, and a good run at the other end brought a delivery from Yates which bounced up in front of Hope. He got there, but it lacked power and Olejnik made a simple save.

A superb cross from Gerrard found Yates in acres of space in the last minute of the game but he missed the chance to earn his team a point as he put his header straight at Olejnik. The keeper spread his hands and pushed it over the bar.

Carlisle threw everyone forward in time added on but the ball pinged around the box and Mansfield bodies got in the way as they clung on to their hard earned points.



Mansfield Town - Walker (55)



Mansfield Town - Hamilton (90)



Mansfield Town - Olejnik, White, Preston, Pearce, Bishop, MacDonald, Khan (Butcher 90), Sweeney, Walker, Hamilton, Rose (Davies 62). Subs - Logan, Benning, Mellis, Atkinson, Gibbens.

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Etuhu, Glendon (Nadesan 59), Devitt (Sowerby 59), Hope, Bennett (Campbell 70). Subs - O'Reilly, Miller, Slater, Adewusi.


Referee - Mr Darren Drysdale

Attendance - 4,470 (373 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Mansfield Town ticket information

Ticket details for the September away game

19 August 2018

United travel to Mansfield for their first game of September.

Dates of sale:

Date Time
Monday 20 August  10am to 5pm
Tuesday 21 August  10am to 7.15pm  
Tuesday 21 August 9.30pm to 9.45pm
Wednesday 22 August 10am to 5pm
Thursday 23 August 10am to 5pm
Friday 24 August 10am to 5pm
Saturday 25 August 10am to 2.30pm
Saturday 25 August 4.45pm – 5.15pm
Sunday 26 August Closed 
Monday 27 August  Closed
Tuesday 28 August 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 29 August 10am to 5pm
Thursday 30 August  10am to 5pm


Adult £22
Senior (65+) £18
Young adult £16
Junior (7-17) £12
6 & under FoC

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day from cash only turnstiles, but there will be a £2 increase per age category. 

The admission price for disabled supporters is based upon their relevant age category. The carer is admitted free of charged.


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 Tuesday 28 August 2018.
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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