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MATCH PREVIEW: United host Cheltenham on Tuesday night

We take a look ahead to the midweek fixture

11 February 2020

Carlisle host their second home game in the space of just four days on Tuesday night as Cheltenham Town head north.

And the Blues woke up on Monday morning knowing that it had been a close call through the night as rising river waters tested the flood defences to the maximum when the full effects of Storm Ciara struck the county. 

The training pitch and car parks took the main pressure, but the pitch came out of it relatively unscathed, if a little soggy, with the usual standing water at the Waterworks End to contend with.

On to the game and the Robins have had a solid first half to the season, and their victory over Morecambe 10 days ago saw them step up into the play-off places.

They were away at Scunthorpe on Saturday and a battling display from the home side under their new manager [Russ Wilcox] saw the Iron pick up a 1-0 victory.

Cheltenham remained in the top seven despite the defeat, and still have games in hand over those around them.

With a push to make sure they are involved come May, they captured the loan signing of striker Tom Nicholls from Bristol Rovers as the transfer window drew to a close, and he'll be expected to bolster what are already confident attacking options.

January confirmed their credentials as top seven contenders with just one defeat from their five league games (two draws and a two wins make up the other four fixtures).

The spread of goals has been impressive with Ryan Broom (7), Alex Addai (6), Conor Thomas (6), Luke Varney (4), Alfie May (4) and Gavin Reilly (4) all having weighed in at some point or other.

It'll be another good game between two sides who like to play football. 

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From the head coach ...

BeechSpeaking ahead of the game, Chris Beech said: "We’ll go into Tuesday’s game in a positive frame of mind. We’ll need the fans to be behind us again because it will be another tough game.

"They play three at the back, they use the full width and depth of the pitch, very similar to Plymouth. We’ll take nothing for granted, we'll prepare fully, because we know this is a good team that we're coming up against.

"They’ve got a good experienced operator up front with some good young energy around him, so we’ve got to make sure we get it right tactically, match them then surpass them and get the three points."

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Head2Head

  Carlisle wins Draws Cheltenham wins
League 10 8 7
FA Cup 0 0 2
Total 10 8 9

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Highlights from previous meetings

Cheltenham broke the Carlisle hoodoo when we went to Whaddon Road earlier this season as they registered a 2-0 victory, with the Blues having won all four of the previous meetings between the sides. Gavin Reilly and Luke Varney scored first half goals and United failed to recover, with the home side seeing out a comfortable win.

Carlisle United 2 - 0 Cheltenham Town, Saturday 19 January 2019

Cheltenham Town 0 - 1 Carlisle United, Saturday 18 August 2018

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Match officials

Andy HainesOur referee for this game is Mr Andy Haines. Andy has taken charge of 29 games so far this season showing 77 yellow cards and eight reds.

He was last at Brunton Park for our 1-0 home victory over FA Cup replay with Forest Green in December 2019. Aaron Hayden scored his first goal for the club - the only goal of the game - and Ryan Loft went in the book on the night.

He was also here for the 2-1 home win over Macclesfield in November 2019. Harry McKirdy and Ryan Loft scored the Carlisle goals and Mike Jones and Canice Carroll had their names taken on the day.

Prior to that he was here in March 2019 for our 2-2 draw with Cambridge. The U's went ahead with just three minutes on the clock, but goals from Jamie Devitt and Nathan Thomas gave the Blues the lead before the break. Former-United favourite Jabo Ibehre bagged midway through the second period to make it a share of the spoils on the day. Danny Grainger and Mike Jones received bookings during the game.

He was also with us just three months earlier for our Boxing Day meeting with Oldham. United ran riot with goals from Hope, Yates [2], Nadesan, Grainger and Liddle securing a thumping 6-0 victory. Kelvin Etuhu was the only Carlisle name taken on the night.

Earlier in the 2018/19 season he was up here for our Checkatrade Trophy group fixture against Morecambe. A tight game saw the Shrimps twice take the lead through goals from Oliver and Piggott. Glendon and Gillesphey pegged them back for the Blues, and that set it up for Jerry Yates to grab a late winner. There were no United names taken on the night.

We saw Mr Haines twice in season 2017/18, both at Brunton Park, starting with our opening day fixture against Swindon Town. Luke Joyce scored our only goal in a 2-1 defeat, and Mike Jones was the only Carlisle name to be written down.

Our second meeting had a much more pleasant outcome as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-2 in the FA Cup. Richie Bennett (2) and Hallam Hope gave us a three goal cushion but there was still time to bite the fingernails as Peter Clarke and Aaron Holloway bit back to make it a nervy ending to the game. There were no Carlisle bookings that afternoon.

Referee - Andy Haines
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Newhouse
Assistant Referee 2 - Conor Brown
Fourth Official - Edward Duckworth

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Is that a fact?

Until very recently it was thought that Cheltenham Town Football Club was founded in 1892. However, recent evidence points to the origins being five years earlier when Mr Albert Close White returned to his native Cheltenham from college in London to take up a teaching post.

While away on his studies Mr White discovered the game of association football and he is now credited with being the first person to introduce the sport to the town of Cheltenham. Trials were held at the East Glos Cricket Ground in 1887 and the club was born.

Taken from the Cheltenham Town official website.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 1 Cheltenham

Report from the Tuesday night home game

11 February 2020

United were back in home league action on Tuesday night as they faced Cheltenham Town at Brunton Park.

There was just one change to the starting eleven from Saturday with Omari Patrick in for the injured Harry McKirdy.

The weather conditions weren't the best, once again, with the after effects of Storm Ciara still blowing around the stadium.

United attacked the Waterworks End in the first half and they created the first chance when Mike Jones fed the ball towards Alessandra. It came off his heel as he raced towards the box, and that invited Thomas to put his boot through a low drive. It had direction but it was straight at Evans.

United played some good football on the floor with nine minutes on the clock with Gethin Jones and Lewis Alessandra at the heart of it. Omari Patrick kept the pressure on, and he won a corner with his tenacity tight by the flag. Watt delivered, then delivered again when the first one was put behind. Keeper Owen Evans punched the fierce dipper high, and it was hooked clear after Patrick had tried to keep it alive.

Cheltenham responded with a lightning quick break which saw Broom send May clean through with a slide rule pass. Collin closed the space down and made a vital block, and he followed that up by making sure the ball was prodded to safety. 

More danger came from the set piece delivery but Reid was on the stretch and his header went into the side netting.

United caused more mayhem at the other end when Thomas overlapped before clipping a cross to the near post. Alessandra challenged, and it ricocheted into space, but Raglan smashed it out of the box before a blue shirt could get a touch. 

Adam Collin had to dive low to make a two-handed save when Hussey was played into space with the game motoring along at a decent pace. He kept his effort low, and it had power as it headed towards the bottom corner.

The Robins took the lead on 26 minutes when a deep free kick was swung into the area. It evaded everybody until Reuben Reid arrived late at the back stick to smash it into the roof of the net from close range.

Carlisle looked for a response and another passage of neat play saw them probe at the edge of the area. Guy was upended, and that allowed Thomas to take charge of a 25-yard free kick. He went for power but it was high and Evans was able to watch it fly away.

A clever, lofted ball from Alessandra took Thomas behind the back line moments later, but his shot on the spin from close range was charged down by Raglan. 

The hosts huffed and puffed but Cheltenham slowed things down to take their lead into the half time break.

United were a whisker away from drawing level on 47 minutes when Omari Patrick showed strength and pace when he chased down a through ball. Evans was off his line, and the forward tried to lift it over the advancing stopper and into the net. He looked to have done the trick until the ball came to rest on the roof of the net.

Cheltenham went close themselves when May bounced a pass off Long as the pair made their way down the right flank. May suddenly had half a sight and his stinging volley had to be pushed behind by the leaping Adam Collin.

A 24-yard free kick from Watt was deflected behind by the wall as Carlisle came again, and the corner from the same man swirled its way past everybody as it caught in the wind.

More good stuff came from the hosts as Webster burst out of defence before sending the ball wide to Anderton. His delivery was headed goalwards by Patrick but it was slightly behind the big striker and Evans was able to gather it comfortably.

There was a scare at the other end when Long sent a wicked pass into the mix. Hayden did just enough to swipe it over his own bar.

The Robins survived loud shouts for a penalty when Thomas was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge, but the referee waved play on, rubbing salt into the wounds as he also pointed for a goal kick when the home crowd expected a corner.

United were left wondering how a free kick hadn't been given when Guy was scythed down inside the Cheltenham half. He was stretchered off, following a prolonged period of treatment, accompanied by a round of applause from the home fans.

Wind assisted corners tested the home defence after the game had restarted, but a strong punch from Collin and a block from Hayden prevented any further danger.

Carlisle also used their set piece situations to try to turn the screw and a punched clearance from Evans was recycled quickly by Watt. Thomas dropped a shoulder and fizzed the ball at the nets, but the glanced header from Loft whipped over the target.

Two near post crosses from Iredale were gobbled up by Evans as the Blues kept plugging away, and a shot on the run from Thomas had to be diverted wide by Tozer as it threatened to make a mark.

A teasing toe poke from Iredale spun inside the area and Patrick almost got the touch it needed as he was closed down by Evans and Hussey. It was frustrating stuff for the home side as the ball came back in again, and it was another visiting boot that got the connection before Patrick could get anything on it.

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Goals

Cheltenham Town - Reid (26)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - G Jones (47)

Cheltenham Town - Broom (30)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Collin (gk)(c), G Jones, Webster, Hayden, Anderton (Iredale 74), Thomas, M Jones (Olomola 87), Watt, Guy (Loft 74), Alessandra, Patrick. Subs - Gray (gk), Charters, Bridge, Hunt.

Cheltenham Town - Evans (gk), Long, Hussey, Tozer (c), Raglan, Reid (Varney 66), Broom, Sheaf (Ince 85), Boyle, Doyle-Hayes, May (Addai 74). Subs - Lovett (gk), Debayo, Greaves, Nichols.

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Match officials

Referee - Andy Haines
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Newhouse
Assistant Referee 2 - Conor Brown
Fourth Official - Edward Duckworth

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Attendance - 3,088 (84 away fans)

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