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MATCH PREVIEW: The Shrimps at Brunton Park this weekend

We take a look ahead to the Saturday home fixture

20 February 2020

Carlisle play Morecambe for a third time this season on Saturday as new boss Derek Adams brings his side to Brunton Park.

Derek AdamsResults from January and February have been much more encouraging for this weekend's visitors, following the arrival of experienced manager Adams, and the haul of three wins and three draws through that period has helped to create an eight-point gap between the Shrimps and that dreaded bottom spot.

Conceding goals has been the biggest issue for our local rivals - they have the highest goals against tally of 56 in the division - but aside from a 4-1 away reverse at Northampton, things have certainly tightened up over the course of the last few months.

There are familiar faces in both camps, with Lewis Alessandra - who made the switch to Cumbria in January - still leading the goal tally for Morecambe alongside former Carlisle man Cole Stockton. The pair have five goals each.

Also within the ranks at the Globe Arena are John O'Sullivan and Shaun Miller. They have three strikes and two strikes respectively, and A-Jay Leitch-Smith and Steve Old are worth keeping an eye on as they weigh in with four goals-a-piece. 

We'll be marking the passing of football legend Harry Gregg ahead of kick off on Saturday - rest in peace Harry.


From the head coach ...

Chris BeechSpeaking ahead of the game, Chris Beech said: "The away game at Morecambe was my first league fixture and it was fantastic to see the place packed with Carlisle fans.

"The supporters have been magnificent anyway, following us home and away in all kinds of weather conditions, and I know this is a game they look forward to.

"Derek Adams will bring a Morecambe side which was overhauled during January with a number of fresh faces.

"Like ourselves Derek and his side have been battling for points, which makes this encounter all the more exciting.

"I want us to drive strongly into the closing phases of the season. When I walked through the door we had a five-point gap from the bottom place.

"We’re now at thirteen points, affording us a little daylight, but make no mistake we’re still in the battle as far as I’m concerned.

"There have been some subtle changes to the squad, and to how we set up, and these have needed to be gradual and measured, given the circumstances, but I’m confident and enthused that we’re heading in the right direction together."

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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 21 occasions over the years, and the draw is by far and away the most common outcome between these local rivals, with just over half of the clashes ending up that way.

  Carlisle wins Draws Morecambe wins
Cup 2 3 1
League 4 7 2
FA Cup 1 1 0
Total 7 11 3

The December 2019 league meeting at the Globe was, rather unsurprisingly, a 1-1 draw. Hallam Hope put the away side in front just two minutes after the break but former-Blue John O'Sullivan squared things up just three minutes later.

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Our first meeting this season was for the group game in November 2019. 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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United were first-footers on New Year's Day at the Globe in January 2019 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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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

Peter WrightOur official for this fixture is Mr Peter Wright. Mr Wright has taken charge of 25 games so far this season and has shown 76 yellow cards and three reds.

We met up with him back in August 2019 when he was the man in the middle for our Carabao Cup game against Rochdale. Goals from Morley and Done in the first half left the Blues with a big job, but we lost 2-1 despite a decent spot kick finish from Jack Bridge. There were no Carlisle names taken on the night.

He made the step up from the national league for the 2018/19 season and we met him for the first time when he officiated our 1-0 away victory over Cheltenham in August 2018. Richie Bennett bagged the only goal of the game, just before the break, and Anthony Gerrard and Kelvin Etuhu had their names taken on the day.

His first visit to Brunton Park was for our 3-2 home defeat against MK Dons in March 2019. Stefan Scougall and Hallam Hope scored for the Blues and there were no Carlisle players booked that afternoon.

Referee - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Anthony Moore
Assistant Referee 2 - Barry Gordon
Fourth Official - Andrew Kitchen


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 2 Morecambe

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

22 February 2020

It was a local derby for the Blues on Saturday afternoon as Morecambe made the short trip north to Brunton Park.

Just one defeat in seven league outings took United into the game in confident mood and Chris Beech stuck with the same starting eleven that had performed so well at Crawley last weekend.

Storm conditions greeted the teams once again ahead of kick off, and United chose to have the gusts at their backs as they kicked towards the Waterworks End in the first half.

Both teams took time to find their bearings as almost every pass was affected, and an early corner for Morecambe summed things up as it swirled this way and that as it dropped out of the air. Collin punched it and Anderton helped it on its way.

Wide man Nathan Thomas used the conditions to his advantage on eight minutes when he stood over a free kick wide on the right. His left-footed effort bent round the wall but Mafoumbi had it in his sights and he gathered it in.

Former Shrimps striker Lewis Alessandra was a whisker away from registering on the scoresheet when he dropped a shoulder and let fly from 24-yards. It took a deflection off Old and all Mafoumbi could do was wait to see where it ended up. To his relief it edged wide of the upright.

The deep corner that followed from Watt caused real problems at the back stick as it bounced high off the surface inside the six-yard box. Hayden got his chest to it but it spooned up and Mafoumbi was in the right place to pluck it out of the sky.

Morecambe countered with a quick break which saw Stockton feed the ball forward to Mendes-Gomes. He moved the ball on before shooting through bodies, but Collin was able to make a comfortable save.

A deflected effort from Wildig earned another corner for the away side, and Phillips was left to ask his team mates what had gone wrong as he popped a wicked delivery into the mix. All it needed was a touch, but it somehow evaded everybody.

But the visitors took the lead with their next attack as Stockton showed good control on the edge of the box. He spun after trapping the ball with his instep, and he found the bottom corner despite a strong touch from the keeper.

The lead was doubled six minutes later when a corner from Phillips hung in the wind. Collin punched it under pressure, and the keeper reacted quickly to save as Stockton tried to stab the loose ball goalwards. The ricochet off Collin sat up nicely for Wildig to volley and he kept his eye on it well to find the top corner of the nets.

Mafoumbi had to push a corner from Thomas over his bar as it threatened to loop over the line, with Carlisle looking to get a foothold in the game, and a real scramble from a long Alessandra throw eventually saw Hayden cut it back for Patrick to have a go. Old got himself in the way before contact could be made.

Excellent control from Thomas gave him the chance to shoot with 10 minutes to go to half time, and Mafoumbi had his heart in his mouth as he spilled it on the floor. Alessandra was racing in but the keeper recovered in time to scoop it up.

Mafoumbi showed a bit of indecision with another drive from Alessandra, but his cushioned punch worked out well as it took the sting out of the shot.

And United were right back in it on the stroke of half time when Webster swept a 40-yard crossfield pass to Patrick. The forward shifted his position and celebrated his goal as it thumped against the inside of the post before finding the back of the net.

The second half took a while to get going, with possession lost by both teams in the difficult conditions, but an inswinging free kick from Cranston found Old on the move. It hit him on the chest, as he saw it late, and Collin waited to take it into his hands.

United were close to finding their way through from a well worked free kick of their own when Watt prodded it short for Jones to touch. Patrick lined up a shot but it was blocked by Lavelle and the Shrimps were able to clear.

Carlisle enjoyed a good spell just after the hour and they were back on terms on 65 minutes when Aaron Hayden was left all alone as Watt curled a corner at the penalty spot. The central defender is dangerous in the air, as we all know, and he left Mafoumbi with no chance as he guided his free header into the corner of the target.

Home tails were up and McKirdy flicked a cross at the back stick as Patrick and Mellish lurked. The stopper was beaten as Patrick's connection squirmed past him, but two defenders converged to close things down.

Patrick was close again when he took advantage of a slip from Slew as he completely lost control of the ball inside the box. The shot had venom but Mafoumbi had his angles covered. 

But Morecambe reminded the home side that there was still work to do when a snapshot from the edge of the area came low at Collin. The keeper parried it and Mellish reacted quickly to stab it behind to safety.

A winding run from O'Sullivan brought a toe poke that Collin claimed easily late in the day, but defensive doors were shut and United had to settle for a share of the spoils from their energetic comeback.



Carlisle United - Patrick (45), Hayden (65)

Morecambe - Stockton (18), Wildig (24)



Carlisle United - Watt (50), Anderton (58), Webster (90)

Morecambe - Cranston (85)



Carlisle United - Collin (gk)(c), G Jones, Webster, Hayden, Anderton, Thomas (McKirdy 49), M Jones (Bridge 77), Watt, Mellish, Alessandra, Patrick (Olomola 87). Subs - Gray (gk), Iredale, Charters, Hunt.

Morecambe - Mafoumbi, Old, Stockton, Wildig, Lavelle (c), Mendes-Gomes (Kenyon 81), Slew (O'Sullivan 81), Cooney, Phillips, Diagouraga, Cranston. Subs - Halstead (gk), Leitch-Smith, Brewitt, Mbulu.


Match officials

Referee - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Anthony Moore
Assistant Referee 2 - Barry Gordon
Fourth Official - Andrew Kitchen


Attendance - 4,679 (562 away fans)

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