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MATCH PREVIEW: United host Mansfield on Saturday

It's the Stags up next for the Blues

15 August 2019

With United fresh from a superb performance against Championship side Barnsley on Tuesday night it's back to league action for the Blues as they host Mansfield Town this coming weekend.

The Stags have two draws from their league fixtures thus far but they are still one of the favourites with the pundits to be involved at the top end of League Two come the end of the season.

Andy CookThis weekend's visitors have had to show real resilience so far having gone two goals down in both of their opening league fixtures.

They found themselves chasing the game at Newport on season day one when Joss Labadie and Padraig Amond bagged in the first half, but Krystian Pearce and Danny Rose notched two goals in the space of just two minutes immediately after the restart to level things up. 

Jacob Mellis is serving the final match of his three-game suspension on Saturday, having been sent off for what appeared to be a stamp at Rodney Parade. He was joined in the bad books by Matt Preston, sent off late in the day during last weekend's visit of Morecambe to the One Call stadium, so he will also miss this game.

The Morecambe game saw the Stags start slowly again, with the Shrimps netting twice within the first 21 minutes, but another impressive recovery was sparked when Nicky Maynard pulled one back just before the break. The comeback was completed when Rose scored his second of the season deep into the second period.

A second meeting with Morecambe went to penalties in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, with another 2-2 draw the final outcome, before the Shrimps edged through to the next round courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.

Look out for striker Andy Cook and defender Hayden White - both former Blues are likely to play a part at the weekend. White played nine games during a two-month loan spell from Bolton back in 2014 and Cook, of course, burst through the youth ranks with United before exploding back into the professional game following a period in non-league football.


From the manager

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, Steven Pressley said: "Mansfield are a club with ambitions to step up to the next level as quickly as possible and they've put together a strong squad with that in mind.

"They will be pleased with the determination and attitude shown by the players so far, with them having had to battle hard to get draws from their first two league games, but they won't be pleased that they've allowed themselves to be put in a position where they've had to fight for a point rather than be pushing on for victories.

"I have no doubt they'll come here looking to put that right and we'll have to be aware of that. What we've seen is that when we play to our strengths, and when we keep the ball in good areas and make the right decisions, we are a very hard team to deal with.

"It's about us doing our jobs properly, and that's been stressed to the players. We can't have a situation where we play well one week only to be indifferent the next. We're constantly working hard to improve and hopefully this game will be another example of that.

"We saw on Tuesday night just how effective our approach can be. Barnsley made changes, but that was a very strong side and our players matched them for effort and quality, and the result came off the back of that. It goes without saying that we want to give our fans more of the same."



  Carlisle wins Draws Mansfield wins
League 28 16 30
Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 30 17 31


Highlights from previous meetings

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Mansfield Town - Saturday 5 January 2019


Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Carlisle United - Saturday 1 September 2018


Match officials

Carl BoyesonReferee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 -
Mark Cunliffe
Assistant Referee 2 -
Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official -
Adam Herczeg

Our match referee this weekend is Carl Boyeson. Carl has taken charge of one game so far this season showing three yellow cards.

A regular for Carlisle United fixtures, we saw him on three occasions last season. He was the man in the middle for our 3-0 away defeat at Stevenage in April - a day which also saw Gary Miller and Tom Parkes go in the book.

Prior to that he was our match referee in January when he took charge of the home game against Cheltenham. Early second half goals from Jamie Devitt and Hallam Hope bagged us the victory, and there were no United names taken on the day.

Also last season he officiated for our home game against Forest Green in November. 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 to be logged.

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 it well and truly 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. 


Is that a fact?

The Domesday Book compiled in 1086 has the settlement recorded as Mammesfeld whereas in later market-petition documents of 1227 the spelling had changed to Maunnesfeld.


By the time Richard II signed a warrant in November 1377 granting the right for tenants to hold a four-day fair every year, the spelling had changed again to Mannesfeld.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 2 Stags

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

17 August 2019

United's second home game of the season was against another of the division's fancied sides as the Stags of Mansfield came to town.

Midfielder Canice Carroll missed out having picked up a three-match suspension following his sending off at Swindon last week, but striker Hallam Hope was back in the fray having declared himself available again for the midweek trip to Oakwell.

The Blues had another new face within their ranks, highly-rated Newcastle United striker Elias Sorensen, with some real selection problems for the manager ahead of kick off. 

With his team having played so well on Tuesday night manager Steven Pressley went with the same starting eleven, with Sorensen drafted onto the bench in place of Aaron Hayden.

An early free kick from MacDonald had the away strikers interested but a firm connection was lacking and the ball skipped through to Adam Collin.

Good hold up play from Loft brought Thomas in from wide at the other end but he couldn't find space for the shot as Benning closed the gap.

A forward run from Elliott followed and it was Thomas who asked for it once again as he moved away from his man. A shot from distance came in but it lacked power and Logan gathered it up.

United stayed forward and Loft did well to regain possession as he nipped in to steal it from Sweeney. A reverse pass sent McKirdy through but White recovered quickly to block the shot.

More good work from Elliott released Thomas again, and he jinked into space before letting one fly. A deflection took the sting out of it, and Logan dropped smartly to complete the save.

It was all about Carlisle and lovely control from McKirdy 22-yards out saw him take it into his stride. He had just one thing in mind as he skipped forward but Logan dived long to parry the fierce strike away.

The corner delivery was a whisker away from being finished off by Knight-Percival, and Jones was unlucky to see his drive from the edge of the box hit a body and spin away to safety.

Mansfield attacked in numbers on the quarter hour and they thought they'd done enough as a low cross skipped across the face of goal. Maynard threw himself at it but it was an inch in front of his toe.

Danny Rose had to be watched closely when he stole a yard as the Stags came again, but an excellent block from Knight-Percival allowed Collin to take his time as he took the ball into his arms.

The Blues crafted a real chance on 26 minutes as they carved their way through the static Mansfield defence. Bridge and Elliott were involved, and an inch perfect cross from Thomas found McKirdy arriving late on the penalty spot. He tried to guide his volley at the target but he couldn't keep it down and it flew over the bar.

Mansfield took the lead against the run of play moments later when a floated cross dipped late at the back stick. Danny Rose thundered through the packed box and he left Collin with no chance as he rifled a bullet of a volley into the top corner.

The game became scrappy as the visitors slowed things down, and a curler from Thomas just before the break was the culmination of a rare attack following the goal.

United tried to pass their way into the box as they moved the ball from right to left, with Thomas, Bridge and Jones at the heart of it, but the overlap from Iredale brought a touch from an outstretched leg as he tried to feed it into the mix.

The Blues were given a real mountain to climb in time added on for the half when the referee stunned everybody as he brought play to a standstill on the half way line, when he appeared to try to explain that the ball had hit his boot as Gordon tried to clip it through the lines.

He eventually dropped it at the feet of a Mansfield man and 20 seconds later it was in the back of the Carlisle net as a half clearance from a huge punt forward was smashed into the bottom corner by Nicky Maynard.

Mansfield kept a tight shape after the break and Logan was untroubled by a shot from Thomas which bent behind as he angled a run in from the right. McDonald volleyed wide at the other end as the game struggled to find any kind of rhythm.

Sorensen came on for McKirdy with 35 minutes left to play, to make his debut, but the next action was at the Waterworks End as Mansfield's Rose tried to make a cross from MacDonald count. Webster shadowed the run and nodded it behind before the forward could strike.

A pass from Elliott to Thomas gave hope that United were about to create something but the final ball for Loft had just too much on it. The striker got there on the slide but he couldn't apply any power.

Set pieces came and went for the hosts, with Thomas finding the wall and a deep corner cleared before Knight-Percival could head it, and a whipped delivery from Bridge had to be nodded over his own bar by Sweeney as Sorensen ran in. Jones poked a half clearance from that one over the target as it came at him through bodies.

A tussle between Webster and White in the Warwick Road End penalty area briefly raised temperatures, but a yellow for each player was a reasonable outcome.

United had plenty of the ball in the Mansfield half through the closing minutes, but they couldn't make an impression and the Stags were able to see it through to claim their first win of the campaign.



Mansfield Town - Rose (29), Maynard (45)



Carlisle United - Webster (79)

Mansfield Town - Sweeney (67), White (79), Tomlinson (88)



Carlisle United - Carlisle United - Collin (gk)(c), Elliott, Webster, Knight-Percival, Iredale, Scougall (Olomola 71), Jones, Bridge, Thomas (Hope 79), Loft, McKirdy (Sorensen 55). Subs - Gray (gk), Mellish, Branthwaite, Sagaf.

Mansfield Town - Logan, White, Benning, Pearce, Bishop (Khan 90), MacDonald (Smith 86), Maynard (Hamilton 71), Tomlinson, Sweeney, Gordon, Rose. Subs - Stone (gk), Clarke, Sterling-James, Law.


Match officials

Carl BoyesonReferee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 -
Mark Cunliffe
Assistant Referee 2 -
Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official -
Adam Herczeg


Attendance - 4,576 (292 away fans)

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