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MATCH PREVIEW: Local derby for the Blues this weekend

It's the short trip to Barrow on Saturday

9 April 2021

When these sides met at Brunton Park in October, it was the first coming together in the league for some 56 years.


And there was all sorts going on at the top of Division Four in April 1964 - in fact, things were so tight that five teams, Carlisle amongst them, were neck-and-neck for the right to take one of the four promotion spots, with the title also still up for grabs.

Things were a little bit more academic at the other end. A system of re-election was still in place, but the Bluebirds were doing everything they could to avoid bottom spot.

In the end Carlisle held their nerve, finishing second behind Gilingham despite having recorded a whopping 113 league goals.

Unfortunately a run of poor results, particularly at home, meant that Barrow did indeed pick up the dreaded wooden spoon.


Carlisle wins


Barrow wins





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Goals from Joe Livingstone (2) and Jonny Evans (2) eased United to a 4-1 win in that encounter, despite a fine finish from Tommy Thompson in reply.


United did their local rivals a favour last Saturday with a comfortable 2-0 away win that kept the Shrimpers at arm's length at the foot of the table, with the Bluebirds having secured a thrilling 2-1 victory over Newport on Good Friday.

That result made it three wins from five games for Barrow, a run which eased fears that a relegation battle was looming.

Easter Monday brought a long trip to Essex to face Colchester, who had also found themselves dragged into the bottom of the table reckoning after a poor showing in 2021.

And it was another game of high drama as Tom Beadling bagged a late equaliser to leave Barrow with a healthy seven-point gap to the bottom two places.

That aside, it's been a season of turmoil for Barrow who parted company with Michael Jolley - who had been in the hotseat for just two months - towards the end of February following a run of four straight defeats.

He had taken over from David Dunn who had won just two of his 22 games in charge prior to his December departure, having joined the club in the summer.

Rob Kelly was appointed as caretaker until the end of the season.

New arrivals in January included defenders Tom Davies and Neal Eardley, winger Dan Bramall and midfielder Ollie Banks, who all put pen to paper early in the transfer window.

Jamie Devitt and defender Bobby Thomas also arrived as the month ticked on, and versatile midfielder Dion Donohue also came through the door. Striker Mikael Ndjoli and midfielder Mace Goodridge appeared to have completed the deals to done when they came on-loan from Bournemouth and Burnley respectively on deadline day.

But the end of March brought another arrival, when exprienced striker Calvin Andrew - without a club since leaving Rochdale last June - agreed a short-term deal for the remainder of the campaign.

Everyone at the club wishes Lewis Hardcastle all the very best - the talented 22-year-old was diagnosed with a heart condition after feeling ill during the game against Salford, and he subsequently announced his retirement due to health reasons. A fund raised to help the young midfielder surged past £10,000 in just 72 hours, a magnificent effort from all concerned.

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We're going with Scott Quigley.

Having shaken off a frustrating injury he's back and firing on all cylinders, with 11 goals from his 33 appearances in all competitions this season.

He's mobile, he leads the line well and he has a keen eye for goal.


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That historic first meeting in 56 years went the way of Carlisle as Jon Mellish gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes on the clock. Aaron Hayden was given his marching orders early in the second half, but the 10-men held on to claim the win.

Watch the highlights from that game here: 


Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Richard Woodward
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Stonier
Fourth Official - Steven Copeland
Observer - Mark Haywood

Seb StockbridgeOur referee for this game is Mr Seb Stockbridge.

He has taken charge of 27 games this season showing 87 yellow cards and four reds. 

Mr Stockbridge was in Carlisle in November 2020 for the 3-2 win over Newport. Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish (2) scored the goals and Rod McDonald was the only Carlisle name noted.

And he was a late replacement in February 2021 for our 1-0 away defeat at Harrogate. The game just about survived a serious downpour, and George Tanner was the solitary booking on the night.

We had him for our 0-0 draw with Cambridge in November 2019 where Canice Carroll and Ryan Loft had their names entered into the bookings charts.

He was with us again in the 2019/20 season for our September 4-2 home loss at the hands of the Wolves under-21 side. Hallam Hope and Ryan Loft scored our goals and Canice Carroll received a yellow card.

The last time he was here prior to that was for our 2-0 home defeat against Morecambe in October 2018. There were no names taken on the afternoon but the game was lost by half time.

He was also with us in August 2018 for our 1-0 home victory over Crewe. Ashley Nadesan scored the winning goal, with 20 minutes left to play, and there were no United names taken on the day.

We saw him on three occasions during season 2017/18 – Danny Grainger [who also scored], Mike Jones, Mark Ellis and Jamie Devitt were all carded in our 1-1 draw with Luton in April.

Gary Liddle’s name was the only one written down as Kelvin Etuhu and John O’Sullivan scored the goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Chesterfield in February.

And Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy were the goal scorers as United stayed trouble free in their 2-0 Checkatrade victory over Morecambe.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Barrow 2 - 2 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

10 April 2021

United's starting eleven was unchanged for a fourth consecutive game off the back of a run of three consecutive victories in League Two.

Midfielder Danny Devine was back from a knee injury, which had ruled him out since the middle of December, with the bench otherwise unchanged.

United had an early corner when a Riley throw was nodded behind by Nthle. Guy delivered, and it was a beauty, and it was met on the full by Jack Armer. His header had immense power and it thundered into the back of the net.

As a side note it was a first ever senior goal for the young emerging professional, with assist number 12 coming from the in-form midfielder from the corner quadrant.

Barrow tried to respond through Luke James, who got forward with the ball at his feet. He spread it to Brough, and his cross had to be punched clear by Farman. Guy helped to complete the clearance.

Another Riley throw was hooked away as it entered the box, but Patrick was waiting for it. His 22-yard volley was charged down and Brough stepped across to sweep it high and out of the box.

United came again when a long ball forward from Farman was controlled by Zanzala. Alessandra took it on, and he moved it quickly to Riley. The playmaker went for a shot but he dragged it wide.

Barrow were back on terms from their first meaningful attack when Banks floated a deep free kick into the area. It was cleared, but Brough kept it alive as he looped a header back into the mix. Quigley trapped it and his connection on the turn saw the ball fly into the bottom corner.

Carlisle pushed forward from the restart and Guy had a free kick from the angle charged down. Riley and Guy bounced the ball off Alessandra, which gave Armer room to cross. Zanzala tried to scissor kick it at the target but it fell well wide.

But it was the Bluebirds who went ahead when McDonald was closed down by Quigley halfway inside the away side's half. The striker raced away before cutting into the area. He rolled a pass at James as he found space, but it went behind him as it trundled on to where Brough was waiting. A touch on the toe opened things up and the former-Carlisle man made no mistake from close range.

A break from the back for the Blues saw Armer cut inside to ask for help from Riley. He found Tanner, and his cross was nodded on by Zanzala. Dixon was off his line but he allowed it to drop free.

There was controversy on 35 minutes when Alessandra spun the already booked Neal Eardley in a dangerous area. A rugby tackle followed, but the referee waved play on instead of dealing with the incident. Everybody expected a red card to be shown when the ball went out of play but the official turned away, as if nothing had happened.

A cross from Riley after his throw had been sent back to him looked to be set for Patrick, but he couldn't bring it in to his instep as he tried to volley.

The visitors were gifted a good chance on the stroke of half time when Brough miscued a pass, presenting Riley with the ball. He took a step into the box before aiming at the top corner, but he couldn't keep it down.

Jason Taylor replaced Barrow captain Neal Eardley for the second period - a recognition of the fact from the home management that he was lucky to still be on the pitch.

Carlisle were positive from the kick off and Patrick overlapped before pulling it back. It bobbled into the area but there was no orange shirt there to finish it off.

United were there again when Guy fed Armer in midfield. He popped it on, but it was quickly cleared, but only as far as Mellish. Alessandra suddenly had space and he went for a curler, but it caught on the wind and angled wide.

The away side had defending to do when Banks fizzed a free kick at Jones, but McDonald did enough to cut it out and see it off. And McDonald had to block again when Barry went long to find Quigley. The centre back put his leg out to stop the shot just as the striker surged into the 18-yard box.

Keeper Paul Farman was out swiflty to take the ball off Chris Taylor when he was played through by Quigley moments later, and it was good work from the big stopper who was the last line of defence.

The visitors thought they'd equalised on 72 minutes when Guy picked out Hayden with an excellent free kick. The big centre back found space and he tried to guide it into the near corner with a cushioned 10-yard header, with Dixon wrong-footed. It appeared to be going in but it crept agonisingly past the upright.

There was half an opening for James Jones at the other end when a clearance from a throw ricocheted wickedly. The Barrow man had the goal at his mercy but he miskicked the effort and it went into the stands.

Carlisle were awarded a penalty with just over ten minutes left to go when Zanzala got goal side of James Jones as he angled a run into the box. The forward went down, the ref blew his whistle, and Offrande Zanzala made it five goals in 10 games with a calmly taken strike from the spot.

Farman beat away a thunderbolt from James when he let fly through bodies with the game right in the balance, and United probed when they recovered possession with the ball being moved from left to right. Anderton feinted to cross, Toure took over, but his pull back evaded everybody.

There was a vital touch from the hand of Dixon late in the day when Toure gave the ball to Patrick out wide. The delivery looked perfect for Zanzala until the keeper intervened.

The orange shirts camped forward and Toure spread it for Alessandra to deliver. It fell to Patrick, but he saw it late and his close-range volley was right at Dixon.

It had been an intriguing battle, and neither side could find the decisive ending to the game with the bragging rights shared as the final whistle blew.



Barrow - Quigley (19), Brough (24)

Carlisle United - Armer (3), Zanzala (79 pen)



Barrow - Eardley (29), Quigley (73)

Carlisle United - Armer (30), Tanner (52), Mellish (66)



Barrow - Dixon, Brough, Quigley, Jones, Ntlhe, Barry, C Taylor (Beadling 80), Eardley (c) (J Taylor), Thomas, James, Banks (Andrew 81). Subs - Maloney (gk), Kay, Sea. 

Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner (Anderton 62), Hayden (c), McDonald, Armer (Devine 90), Riley (Toure 62), Guy, Mellish, Alessandra, Zanzala, Patrick. Subs - Norman (gk), Charters, Furman, Walker.


Match officials

Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Richard Woodward
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Stonier
Fourth Official - Steven Copeland
Observer - Mark Haywood


Attendance - BCD


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