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07 September 2019 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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MATCH PREVIEW: It's home to Exeter this weekend

Another busy month kicks off right here at Brunton Park

6 September 2019

Four wins and two draws from their first six games has left Exeter City top of the pile as they enjoy the type of form every team looks for at the start of every season.

Ryan BowmanThe unbeaten run has seen them pick up their quartet of victories by winning by the odd goal, but that has also demonstrated a real desire to see games through, both home and away.

The draws came in the middle of the month, at home to Swindon and away to Oldham, and their last two outings have seen them put Morecambe and Mansfield to the sword. 

Some familiar faces head back to Brunton Park this weekend, with striker Ryan Bowman and defender Tom Parkes both expected to feature in the match day 18, and Bowman will definitely be one to watch with two goals to his name already this season.

The lively Nicky Law is another with a brace of strikes on his tally sheet, complemented by two assists as he continues to be a thorn in the side for League Two teams up and down the country.

It's now six meetings between these sides since the Blues recorded a victory, but it's a game which tends to bring goals and goalmouth excitement, with playing football the right way very much the order of the day.

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From the manager

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the game, Steven Pressley said: "I think we say the same thing every week because there are no easy games at this level.

"It doesn't matter wheteher you're coming up against a team at the top of the table or one at the other end, it still comes down to the fine margins we talk about.

"Exeter have found a level of stability in recent seasons and they've recruited well, and that has given them something to build on. They're a team full of confidence and they can approach games in different ways, so it's important that we start positively and look to impose our style of play on them.

"We've seen how good we can be when we all do our jobs, and that's why I know we have nothing to fear in this division. The players know they'll have to work hard against a team that will look to move the ball quickly, but we also know we have a style of play which can cause problems for them as well.

"It's another good game for us to look forward to and I hope the fans conitnue to support us in the way they have been, because they've shown that they've appreciated the effort and commitment they've seen so far. Hopefully the results we all want to see will follow on from that."

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Head2Head

  Carlisle wins Draws Exeter wins
League 19 17 24
Cup 0 1 1
Total 19 18 25

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Highlights from previous meetings

The last meeting between these two sides was in February this year, when a bright start here at Brunton Park from the Grecians brought a stunning goal from Nicky Law. His initial effort from a free kick struck the wall, but he reacted smartly to volley the rebound into the bottom corner. Carlisle pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and they eventually got the reward they deserved when Devitt smashed an unstoppable set piece into the top corner.

The first game of last season took us to Exeter for an encounter which was played out in blistering heat. Early goals for the hosts from Nicky Law and Jonathan Forte set the Blues on the back foot, but Richie Bennett glanced a header into the net before the break to keep the Cumbrians in the hunt. There were chances to level it in the second period but Tristan Abrahams scored late in the day to make sure Exeter took the points.

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Prior to that we were in Exeter once again towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign. It was a 1-1- draw, and Ashley Nadesan scored the Carlisle goal in what was a very keenly fought game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Match officials

Jeremy SimpsonReferee - Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1 - Geoffrey Liddle
Assistant Referee 2 - David Avent
Fourth Official - Peter Gooch

It's been a while since we last saw Mr Simpson and, in fact, we have to go all the way back to our away game with Accrington in February 2016 to find the last time he was the man in the middle for one of our games.

The night started in the worst possible way for the Blues when Jabo Ibehre was sent off with just 34 seconds on the clock (the card was rescinded later that week). The ten men dug deep on the day, and they even took the lead in the first half when Hallam Hope struck from close range. Terry Gornell got the equaliser after the break, but that was after Stanley were also reduced to ten men when Adam Buxton was given his marching orders. 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 3 Grecians

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

7 September 2019

It was back to Brunton Park for the Blues this weekend as they faced table-topping Exeter City in their latest League Two fixture.

The Grecians were unbeaten in the league through the opening month of the campaign and they came into the contest holding the upper hand over the Blues, with the hosts not having registered a victory in any of the previous six meetings between the teams.

Midfielder Stefan Scougall was still missing as he continued to recover from his hamstring injury, and forward Hallam Hope was absent on international duty with Barbados.

Striker Olufela Olomola returned to the starting line-up, with Mo Sagaf getting the nod to take up the attacking left hand berth of the forward line.

An early Exeter attack down the right wing saw Collins overlap into space, and that gave him the room he needed to get a decent ball into the area. Taylor lurked on the edge of the box as the half clearance came his way, but his volley took two deflections before it was eventually hooked to safety. 

A whipped cross from Sparkes flew across the face of goal as the Grecians stayed on the front foot, and Nicky Law screwed a miscued effort into the Warwick Road End when he let fly from distance.

The away side looked confident, and a ball over the top caught United flat-footed as Lee Martin strode clear. His volley had power and Collin did well to parry it away.

The visitors came again when Williams used trickery to jink his way past two challenges into the area. His cut back found Lee Martin on the penalty spot but Adam Collin was excellent once again as he spread himself to make a vital block with his boot.

United looked to have a say and Mo Sagaf, making his first leagus start for the club, moved into space with Olomola in support. The midfielder opted to shoot from distance and his deflected effort curled behind for a corner.

Wide man Nathan Thomas kept trying to find a killer ball as Carlisle upped their tempo, with some good deliveries from the right, but Ward patrolled his area well as he came out to tidy things up.

Carlisle had hearts in mouths when Williams used pace to go past two challenges and his low pass picked out Law, who had arrived late. He tried to poke it into the bottom corner from a tight angle but he got his bearings wrong and the effort dribbled away.

Sagaf created half a chance for Bridge, as the Cumbrians started to get into it more, with a neat touch that allowed him to make his choice. Bridge ran on but his shot from 23-yards was too close to Ward. 

The home goal lived a charmed life on 30 minutes when Jake Taylor started a move when he bounced a one-two off Williams halfway inisde the Carlisle half. A deep cross from the flying winger was nodded down by Law, and Taylor almost finished off the move he'd sparked when he sent a toe poke through legs. It rattled back off the base of the post and Knight-Percival was able to see it away.

The lively Mo Sagaf had two shots stopped at source in quick succession as he tried to get his team going again, but it was the away side who celebrated as Law nicked possession from Jones deep inside the Carlisle half. Williams took over, and his through ball found Lee Martin advancing at pace. He stroked a measured first time shot past Collin's dive and into the back of the net.

A 40-yarder from Sweeney wasn't too far away as it arrowed past Collin's upright just before the break, and Martin volleyed wide from a Sparkes cross with the home side struggling to keep hold of the ball.

But a burst from Olomola had the crowd on its feet as he sprinted to the goal line. His cut back fizzed into the box but it was cleared just before Thomas could finish it off. 

Manager Steven Pressley went for a change of approach for the second half, with McKirdy on for Carroll, and the blue shirts looked immediately more in tune as an Iredale cut back was picked up by Sagaf. He fed it to Jones, but a cruncher from the midfielder bent right at Ward.

More neat home passing ended with a Bridge shot that was blocked, but United pushed again with Jones heavily involved. He was chopped to the floor, and the training ground set piece routine came to an end as Sagaf's touch on the edge of the area was intercepted.

Exeter responded with good movement from a corner which saw Lee Martin spin his marker in the box. He played the percentage game with a hurried pass, but it fell nicely for Williams who was stationed dead central and just 12 yards out. He thought his volley was going in until Collin dived smartly to fingertip it round the post.

Williams was interested again when Law fed him into space out wide. He dropped a shoulder and came back inside, and Collin had to parry again as a snapshot came in. The ball was loose but Webster shielded it and the keeper was able to drag it into his chest.

Former-Blue Ryan Bowman had a shot on the sprint expertly saved by Collin, when he was put clean through by Lee Martin, but the home side were back on terms just past the hour when McKirdy went on a trademark run. His cross was volleyed by Thomas, and the ball spun up to find Olufela Olomola unmarked. He literally showed a cool head as he guided the ball into the top corner.

Bowman sent a close range header over the target as he missed the chance to reclaim an immediate lead, but it was a short reprieve as Law sent a corner into the box. Aaron Martin was completely unmarked and he had the relatively simple task of thundering his header past the stranded Adam Collin.

The points should have been sealed for the away side on 77 minutes when Williams skipped past Sagaf. Bowman connected with the cross at the back stick, and his touch appeared to put it on a plate for Lee Martin, who was just six-yards out. Keeper Adam Collin pulled off an unbelievable save to yet again keep his team in the hunt.

A scuffed volley from Olomola was easily saved by Ward as the clock ticked down, and salt was rubbed into the wounds in time added on when Nicky Law beat the offside trap to wrap up the victory with a well taken shot on the run.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Olomola (61)

Exeter City - L Martin (36), A Martin (67), Law (90)

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Bookings 

Carlisle United - McKirdy (71), Sagaf (73)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Collin (gk) (c), Elliott (Sorensen 87), Webster, Knight-Percival, Iredale, Bridge, Jones (Loft 75), Carroll (McKirdy 46), Thomas, Olomola, Sagaf. Subs - Gray (gk), Mellish, Charters, Branthwaite.

Exeter City - Ward (gk), Sweeney, A Martin, L Martin (Jay 90), Law, Williams, Bowman (Fisher 90), Moxey, Sparkes, Taylor (c), Collins (Parkes 68). Subs - Maxted (gk), Woodman, Ajose, Richardson.

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Referee - Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1 - Geoffrey Liddle
Assistant Referee 2 - David Avent
Fourth Official - Peter Gooch

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Attendance - 4,167 (198 away fans)

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