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07 December 2019 Venue Globe Arena Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: The short hop to the Globe Arena at the weekend

Over 1,000 United fans set to make the journey

4 December 2019

As ever, tickets have been selling fast for the trip to the Globe Arena with a bumper away support guaranteed on Saturday afternoon.

Derek AdamsIt's been tough going for the Shrimps so far this season, with long-serving manager Jim Bentley having parted ways following 17 years with the club as both a player and the man in the hotseat.

Derek Adams took charge of his first home game against Carlisle in the Trophy just a few weeks ago, but just one win in five home league outings leaves him under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead. 

There were encouraging signs at Crawley when the new manager lifted his first league point, but it was back down to earth with a bump a fortnight ago when high-flying Crewe smashed five goals with no reply into the back of the net.

Our defeat at Morecambe last month serves as a reminder that positions in the table mean little when it comes to the 90 minutes, but United's new boss will be looking for three points from his first league game at the helm.

There are plenty of familiar faces plying their trade by the seaside, with Shaun Miller, Cole Stockton and John O'Sullivan all in the squad, and Stockton and Miller have five goals between them as they look to do their bit to get things going.

Lewis Alessandra is the other player to watch - he has five goals and two assists to his name.


From the head coach ...

Chris BeechSpeaking ahead of the game, Chris Beech said: "This is what we would call a derby game, I suppose, and I'm looking forward to having some tremendous support behind us.

"Having heard the noise on Saturday at Forest Green I don't think anything will surprise me with these fans. As I've said before, we want to represent them in the way they expect and I want us to be performing to high standards every time we go out there.

"What we have to bear in mind is that they are a side who have some good players and they aren't just going to lie down for anybody. We’re going to have to work really hard against them.

"They’ve got four or five players I’ve worked with at Rochdale and, from having seen the characters they are, I know they'll be really up for the match. 

"We saw some good things from our players at the weekend, but that's only the start. I'm going to keep pushing and demanding because I know we can be better. Hopefully we'll see more signs of that at Morecambe."

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Did You Know?

+ Morecambe FC was formed on 7 May 1920 following a meeting at the local West View Hotel.

Christie Park

+ Mr JB Christie bequeathed the old ground - Christie Park - to the club in 1927.

+ Morecambe were promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history after winning the Conference play-off final, beating Exeter City 2-1, on 20 May 2007, in front of over 40,000 fans.


Head to Head

These two sides have met on a total of 20 occasions and the draw is by far and away the most common outcome between these local rivals with half of the clashes ending up that way.

  Carlisle wins Draws Morecambe wins
Cup 2 3 1
League 4 6 2
FA Cup 1 1 0
Total 7 10 3

Our first meeting this season was for the group game last month. History was made on the night when Jarrad Branthwaite become the club's youngest ever goalscorer but Andrew Tutte, Aaron Wildig and Luke Conlan struck back in the last half hour to take the points for the hosts.

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United were first-footers on New Year's Day at the Globe in January when goals from Jamie Devitt and Jack Sowerby secured a strong 2-0 away victory. 

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The Shrimps were last at Brunton Park in October 2018 and they took a grip on the game before the half hour mark, with goals from AJ Leitch-Smith and Vadaine Oliver providing a two-goal cushion. United never recovered and the game ended 2-0 in favour of the visitors.

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Morecambe twice took the lead in our Checkatrade Trophy group game at the start of September that same year but stunning goals from George Glendon and Macaulay Gillesphey took us into the break all-square. Then a first goal for the club for Jerry Yates, with 15 minutes left to play, proved to be the match winner as the Blues closed ranks to claim their points.

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The sides met on three occasions during the 2017/18 campaign, with both league games running out as 1-1 draws.

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Man in the middle

Darren HandleyOur official for this fixture is Mr Darren Handley. Darren has been in charge of 16 games so far this season and has shown 64 yellow cards and six reds. 

He was last in charge of a Carlisle game back in October when we beat Blackpool 2-1 in the Trophy group game here at Brunton Park.

Ryan Loft and Canice Carroll got us the goals that won the tie, and Canice went in the book alongside Jon Mellish on the night.

Referee - Darren Handley
Assistant Referee 1 - Danny Gratton
Assistant Referee 2 - Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official - Benjamin Speedie


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Morecambe 1 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

7 December 2019

Head coach Chris Beech took charge of his first League Two fixture with the Blues in front of over one thousand members of the travelling Blue Army.

Head coach Chris Beech made three changes to last weekend's starting eleven with Jarrad Branthwaite, Hallam Hope and Jon Mellish stepping in for Canice Carroll, Olufela Olomola and Jack Iredale.

The game started with an excellent run from Thomas which saw him beat his man before delivering a cross into the box. It was just too high and the moment was gone.

Morecambe responded with a deep free kick which was picked up by Tanner as he pulled off his marker. A high, looping pass was nodded back by Old but the defence regrouped to send it away.

Another quickly taken home free kick shortly after saw Tanner release Wildig on the right flank. His cross took a deflection and Webster was able to volley it clear. 

Carlisle got forward well when Hope picked the ball up in the centre circle and expertly turned his man. Branthwaite took it forward and Halstead had to watch closely as the teenager's long-range shot spun up off the greasy surface.

United showed a good turn of pace midway through the half when Hope used Mike Jones to help create space for Gethin Jones. His low cross was half cleared, but Branthwaite was there to recover it once again. Mike Jones asked for it, with his back to goal, but his toe poke on the turn was straight at Halstead.

The Shrimps created the best opening of the half on 30 minutes when Stockton shielded a pass forward before picking out Alessandra on the edge of the area. Wildig came in support and he was suddenly clean through, with just Collin to beat. The shot was angling for the bottom corner but the keeper dived long to gather it in.

Slack defending from Morecambe gave Gethin Jones unexpected possession and he wasted no time in feeding it to Thomas. The wide man rode a challenge and went for the far corner but Halstead tipped it into the side netting.

Thomas tried again moments later when he beat two defenders as he made his way along the line of the 18-yard box. It opened up in front of him and he was disappointed as a rasping attempt flew high.

Old sent a free header from a Wildig corner over the bar just before the break, and the hosts earned themselves another corner in time added on when an O'Sullivan shot hit a defender and went behind. Collin was off his line to take that one in.

It took just two minutes of the second half for the away side to grab the lead and it came from a wonderful 40-yard through ball from Nathan Thomas, as he split the defence with a slide rule volley. Striker Hallam Hope did the rest as he shrugged off a defender and calmly popped a great finish into the back of the net in front of the travelling fans.

But the lead lasted just three minutes, albeit with an element of luck when the equaliser came. Alessandra did the hard work as he writhed his way into a crossing position, and a miscued shot from Wildig was heading well wide until former-Blue John O'Sullivan put his head on it to guide it into the waiting net.

A 23-yard free kick from Thomas had to be blocked by O'Sullivan as it went towards the Morecambe target, with Carlisle looking to get back in front, and the game became a battle for supremacy in the midfield areas as the sides worked hard to cancel each other out.

It was a goalmouth scramble on 69 minutes which almost broke the deadlock as Leitch-Smith somehow managed to find space to cross. A weak headed clearance fell to O'Sullivan and he was denied a second goal of the day by a brave block on the line.

United tried to unpick the lock on 75 minutes when Thomas and Gethin Jones linked up. A low cross brought a lunge from Loft but he couldn't get the vital touch.

Gethin Jones was almost the provider for Hope late in the day when he clipped a cross to the far post, but a timely header from Conlan put it away to safety.

Wildig wasted a good opportunity to net at the other end, when he put a header on the stretch the wrong side of the upright at close range, and Carlisle had hopes up with just one minute left on the clock when Thomas earned his side a corner. The referee put the dampers on that when he blew for a foul as the ball dropped out of the sky.

Carlisle were denied what was a stonewall penalty in time added on, when Gethin Jones was clearly felled, but the referee waved play on as he ignored the appeals and United had to settle for the draw.



Morecambe - O'Sullivan (50)

Carlisle United - Hope (47)



Morecambe - Alessandra (33), Conlan (57)

Carlisle United - Hope (28), Branthwaite (61)



Morecambe - Halstead (gk), Conlan, Kenyon (c), Old, O'Sullivan (Cranston 84), Alessandra, Stockton (Leitch-Smith 67), Sutton, Brewitt, Wildig (Miller 90), Tanner. Subs - Da Silva Mendes, Tutte, Ellison, Brownsword.

Carlisle United - Collin (gk), (c), Branthwaite, Hayden, Webster, G Jones, Scougall (Olomola 64), M Jones, Mellish, Thomas, Hope, Loft (Sorensen 85). Subs - Gray, Elliott, Carroll, Knight-Percival, Sagaf.


Match officials

Referee - Darren Handley
Assistant Referee 1 - Danny Gratton
Assistant Referee 2 - Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official - Benjamin Speedie


Attendance - 3,126 (1,251 away fans)

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