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MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon head north to Brunton Park

We take a look ahead to this weekend's home game

7 February 2020

United host automatic promotion chasing and table-topping Swindon Town this weekend in what is geared up to be an entertaining encounter.

Hallam HopeAn impressive 18 league victories, the best record in the division, puts Swindon in the driving seat as we head deeper into 2020.

A busy January saw a mix and match of results as the Robins picked up three wins, a draw and two defeats to keep things tight at the top. 

Last weekend saw a return to steady form as they beat promotion rivals Exeter City with first half goals from Eoin Doyle (this could be taken away if an own goal is given) and Hallam Hope. 

Bradford loanee Doyle smashed his way through the first half of the campaign with a massive 23-goal haul, and Swindon fans were delighted to learn that he was coming back to the club on a permanent short-term deal as part of the January transfer window dealings.

Former-Blue Jerry Yates also returned to the County Ground in January, for his second loan spell from Rotherham, looking to add to the 13 goals he notched during his first six months. And, of course, Hallam Hope moved south last month and made an immediate impact as he scored on his debut ... and he followed that up with another goal last weekend.

Swindon have won seven, drawn three and lost five of their 15 league away games this term, so they'll be a tough nut to crack come Saturday afternoon.


From the head coach ...

Chris BeechSpeaking ahead of the game, Chris Beech said: "I’d like to make special mention of the support we’ve had in recent weeks.

"It’s been nothing short of breathtaking. The last-minute equaliser again Mansfield, with the players heading straight to the crowd, was for me more rewarding than scoring four goals against Forest Green. We all want moments like that, everyone thrives off it.

"Our aim is to represent our fans like that every week and to make sure that the connection between the club and its supporters continues to grow stronger.

"With the visit of Swindon, it's another opportunity to test ourselves against a very strong team. They're where they are for a reason, with them being the division's real powerhouses, and that has come off the back of them having a great season.

"They have excellent attacking options all over the pitch, their manager has recruited well, including taking a familiar face from us in Hallam Hope.

"The game will be tough, but I’m curious to see where we’re at. If we have your backing and perform like we’ve done in the past then we could be in for a real treat."

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Carlisle wins


Swindon wins





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Highlights from previous meetings

It feels like an age since United were at the County Ground in August for what turned out to be a game crammed with goals and incidents. A nip and tuck first half brought little of note, but that changed after the break when Olufela Olomola gave the away side the lead. Jerry Yates, Zeki Fryers and Kaiyne Woolery flipped the game on its head as the Robins roared into the lead, and the afternoon got tougher for United when Canice Carroll was sent off late in the day. Mo Sagaf bagged his first for the club in time added on, but the home side held on to take the win.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Swindon Town 0 - 4 Carlisle United, Saturday 17 November 2018

Carlisle United 2 - 1 Swindon Town, Saturday 9 March 2019


Match officials

Graham SalisburyOur match official for this game is Mr Graham Salisbury. Graham has taken charge of 23 games so far this season and has shown 76 yellow cards and one red.

We last had him as the man in the middle for our Trophy group game at Morecambe in November. 

Prior to that he was the man with the whistle for our long trip to Forest Green in March 2019. Nathan Thomas bagged our goal in a 1-1 draw and Tom Parkes was the only name to be taken on the night. Teenager Jarrad Branthwaite scored his first ever senior goal, but Morecambe went on to win the tie by 3-1. There were no cards given on the night.

Back to 2018 and he was in charge for the 4-0 away victory at Swindon, just before Christmas. Ashley Nadesan, Regan Slater (2) and Jamie Devitt scored our goals and there were no United names taken on the day.

The first time we saw him in the 2018/19 season was on the opening day when we made the long trip south to face Exeter City. Nicky Law and Jonathan Forte put the Grecians two goals to the good with less than 30 minutes played, but Richie Bennett gave the Blues hope when he struck back just before the break. United battled away, but a late sucker punch from Tristan Abrahams kept the points in Exeter. Jamie Devitt was the only name taken on the day.

A regular referee of our games over the years [including the Wembley final against Southampton in 2010] still one of his busiest evenings with us was for the Checkatrade Trophy group game at Fleetwood last season. A total of 10 cards were shown - including a red for Harvey Rodgers - with Danny Grainger, Mark Ellis, Jamie Devitt, Gary Liddle, Tom Miller and Hallam Hope going in the book for the Blues.

Referee - Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Graeme Fyvie
Assistant Referee 2 - David Plowright
Fourth Official - Andrew Miller


Is that a fact?

The original Saxon settlement of Swindon sat in a defensible position atop a limestone hill.


It is referred to in the Domesday Book as Suindune, believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon words swine and dun meaning 'pig hill.' As time went on, it became known as 'Swine's Town' and subsequently, of course, Swindon.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 1 Swindon

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

8 February 2020

Carlisle welcomed table-topping Swindon Town to Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon as they returned to home soil for their latest league fixture.

Boss Chris Beech made two changes to the starting eleven from last weekend's away game at Mansfield with Callum Guy and Harry McKirdy in for Jack Bridge and the injured Josh Kayode.

United started well, with set pieces from Thomas and Watt testing the defence, and defender Byron Webster found himself with an unexpected chance when a half clearance fell on his boot 25-yards out. He connected with a crisp volley but it sailed over the bar.

Huge kicks from Collin had Benda concerned as the away keeper was left to judge the flight and bounce, and he also had the sun in his eyes as he looked towards the Warwick Road End and the bright cloud cover. His centre backs converged on both occasions to help him out.

But it was Swindon who took the lead when a corner hung on the wind before swirling into the box. Edmonds-Green threw a hopeful boot at it, and the luck went his way as it rebounded back off a blue shirt right in front of him. He instinctively volleyed it, and Thomas did what he could to try to stop it from crossing the line. The home wide man was frustrated to see the ball drop down and into the bottom corner.

Carlisle had defending to do on 23 minutes when a near post header from another whipped corner from Doughty rose high into the air. Doyle let fly with a rasper, which Thomas blocked, but the loose ball was picked up by Jaiyesimi who dropped a shoulder and went past his man. Collin did well to stretch his leg and make a save with his boot as the low attempt flew through bodies.

United sprung into life and a raking, crossfield pass was taken on the chest by Alessandra inside the area. He was winding up for the shot but Benda was out quickly to hook it to safety.

Midfielder Mike Jones was next to have a go when he was left in acres of space on the edge of the box. He turned quickly and shot on the spin but the stopper got in the way.

Even better came from the away keeper when Thomas surged through the middle third before picking out McKirdy, who controlled excellently with his instep as he pulled wide of his marker. A blistering toe poke was on target but a firm hand parried it away.

It was a good spell for the Blues and Callum Guy ghosted past two to make room for an 18-yard drive. It had power, but it was always heading wide.

A 22-yard free kick from Watt hit the wall and fizzed behind for a corner, and a good passing move eventually brought an inswinging cross from Thomas, which Benda was happy to watch as it angled by.

Winger Harry McKirdy had to leave the pitch on the stroke of half time as he failed to shrug off the after-effects of an earlier challenge, and he was replaced by new arrival Omari Patrick, who made his senior debut for the club.

Former-Blue Hallam Hope had half a sight in time added on for the period when Doyle delivered a low cross into the area. The forward had his back to goal and the attempted drag back bounced off his boot for Hayden to clear.

Swindon captain Michael Doughty clipped a 25-yard wind assisted free kick over the bar at the start of the second half, but the weather started to have a real impact on the quality on show as the wind pick up its ferocity.

Kicking into the wind tunnel made life hard for the Blues, but they fashioned a chance just past the hour when Guy overlapped and crossed early. Alessandra was ready to strike but Grant got in the way before he could find his touch.

A duo of corners followed and the hosts got back on level terms when Aaron Hayden made a Thomas dipper his own. Benda could do nothing as a precise header hit the underside of the bar and bulged the back of the net.

And the Blues were almost in front when a throw from Alessandra was flicked by Hayden. Benda saw it late but he got down in time to scoop it up.

Up at the other end and a back heel from Jaiyesimi found Muskwe on the move. The substitute wrapped his boot round a shot but Collin had closed the gap and he was able to palm it wide.

A run from Jerry Yates on 75 minutes took him past two and his pull back to Doyle invited a strike. It was a thunderbolt and Collin did well to tip it over the bar.

Carlisle were close again when Gethin Jones sent a beauty of a cross into the mix. Guy launched himself at it but solid defending meant the moment was gone.

The sides slugged it out through the closing stages, and United almost got their winner when Thomas ran from his own half before sending it low. Blue shirts were in support but it was Hunt who got in the way.

A spill from Benda from a Thomas corner had the crowd interested in time added on, but Swindon saw it clear just in the nick of time.

There was more appreciative applause from the home crowd when the final whistle blew as the unbeaten run extended to five games, and as another committed display was recognised.



Carlisle United - Hayden (62)

Swindon Town - Edmonds-Green (11)



Carlisle United - Collin (gk)(c), G Jones, Webster, Hayden, Anderton, Thomas, M Jones, Guy (Charters 84), Watt, McKirdy (Patrick 45), Alessandra (Bridge 78). Subs - Gray, Iredale, Loft, Hunt.

Swindon Town - Benda (gk), Fryers, Yates, Doughty (c), Hunt, Jaiyesimi (Isgrove 90), Doyle (Woolery 90), Caddis, Grant, Edmonds-Green, Hope (Muskwe 65). Subs - McCormick (gk), Broadbent, Palmer, Lyden.


Match officials

Referee - Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Graeme Fyvie
Assistant Referee 2 - David Plowright
Fourth Official - Andrew Miller


Attendance - 4,620 (531 away fans)

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