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MATCH PREVIEW: Mansfield at home on Tuesday night

A second home game in the space of four days

14 December 2020

A blistering Saturday performance takes the Blues into their Tuesday night fixture against Mansfield Town on the crest of a wave.


Eight home wins from nine home league games is one heck of an exciting run, and the Cumbrians could make it four wins in a row if they get things right in this one.

On to the visitors, and the FA Cup third round draw could have been kinder after the Stags had been made to battle hard to see off the challenge of Dagenham & Redbridge in round two.

An extra time winner brought the anticipation of what might be with the big boys in the hat, but it's Cheltenham and Whaddon Road and the need to do it all again for the chance to perhaps pull one of the more glamorous outfits.


Despite a less than healthy looking current league position, Tuesday night's visitors have actually been extremely difficult to beat, with just five league losses against their name.

Turning draws into wins has been the issue, with just two victories balanced against 10 stalemates along the way.

Saturday was another example of that as they came away from Grimsby with another 1-1 share of the spoils.

Graham Coughlan was relieved of his duties at the end of October as the Stags struggled to find their feet at the start of the new campaign, and the experienced Nigel Clough was appointed a week later, bringing an almost immediate upturn in fortunes.

Always tipped to trouble the play-off places, it's widely expected that they will soon begin their march towards the top seven spots.

Keep an eye on the warm-up as former strength and conditioning coach Dave Waldie, now with Mansfield, takes on his match night duties.

who watch

Striker Andy Cook came through the youth ranks here at Brunton Park and he has a habit of scoring goals wherever he goes. He'll want to make an impact if he's involved.

But we can't ever really look any further than Nicky Maynard. A mobile, experienced and potent forward he's backed up up by some very good attack-minded team mates in all areas of the pitch.

It feels like he always scores against us - hopefully that comment has put a jinx on that!


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match highlights

A visit to Mansfield was on the cards just ahead of the Covid lockdown in February 2020. It turned into an exciting encounter as Nicky Maynard put the home side two goals to the good. Elliot Watt and Josh Kayode struck back late in the day to earn the Blues a hard-earned draw.

These teams met at the start of the 2019/20 season when the Stags came north to Brunton Park. It was a game where United struggled to get going and they were undone early in the game by a deep cross to the back post. Danny Rose arrived late to smash it into the net. The advantage was doubled on the stroke of half time, and that's how it stayed as the visitors went away with a 2-0 victory.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Mansfield Town - Saturday 5 January 2019

Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Carlisle United - Saturday 1 September 2018

match officials

Referee - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Barry Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 - Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official - Andy Haines

Peter WrightOur official for this fixture is Mr Peter Wright

Mr Wright has taken charge of 14 games so far this season and has shown 48 yellow cards and one red.

We last saw Peter at the beginning of the 2020/21 season when he was the man in the middle for our trip to Glanford Park. A first half goal sunk the Blues, but there were no Carlisle names taken on the day.

He was also the referee just before the lockdown when we hosted Morecambe at Brunton Park. Cole Stockton and Aaron Wildig gave the visitors a two-goal lead, Omari Patrick struck back in time added on for the first half to get the Blues back into the game. Aaron Hayden completed the comeback midway through the second period. There were four yellows on the day, with Byron Webster, Elliot Watt and Nick Anderton going in the book for the hosts.

Prior to that 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.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 0 Stags

Report from the Tuesday evening home game

15 December 2020

A second home game in the space of four days saw the Blues host Mansfield Town at Brunton Park on Tuesday night.

The home side were looking to make it four consecutive league wins and to continue their impressive run - a run which has taken them into the automatic promotion places at this early stage of the campaign. 

Joe Riley, fresh from scoring his first ever senior goal on Saturday, was back into the first eleven's line up with Jack Armer also drafted in to make his first league start for the club. Danny Devine and George Tanner were the injured duo replaced. 

The Stags were first to attack as they came at the Warwick Road End in numbers down the right flank. Lapslie won a corner but it was well defended and United cleared their lines.

A free kick was awarded tight by the touchline when Armer got too close to Bowery, but the Benning outswinger was dealt with by Guy at the front stick.

The visitors stayed forward and Clarke sprinted through when a clearance from Hayden was stopped by Lapslie in the middle of the park. The midfielder angled his run but his shot from his left boot was always heading wide.

Carlisle responded with a quick move down the right wing when Guy robbed possession with a superbly timed challenge. He found Alessandra, and his ripped pass was touched by Kayode as he turned his man on the penalty spot. His shot was blocked and it spun just wide of the target.

A 23-yard free kick was awarded at the other end and set piece specialist Mal Benning appeared to take control as he placed the ball in readiness for the strike. It was a double bluff as Maris took over, but his attempt was deflected high by the wall.

Keeper Paul Farman turned defence into attack with a ranging kick from his gloves and Sweeney had to guide it behind before Alessandra could do anything with it.

United almost picked the lock when tenacity from Riley saw him retrieve possession before sending Alessandra on a run. He bypassed the back line with a clipped through ball, and Patrick was on the overlap to cut it back. Mellish had made a move but it was swept away before he could finish it off.

Unbelievable defending from Sweeney prevented a certain goal on 16 minutes when Patrick sparked a move as he won the ball in his own half. It was fed to Alessandra, and his intelligent through ball left Riley with just Stech to beat. The keeper was taken out of it by a powerful volley but the Stags centre back somehow got there to make a stunning clearance off the line.

Farman had to tip a cross that turned into a shot from Lapslie over the bar as he found himself back tracking, but Alessandra was alert from the resulting corner and he went on a break. Patrick was with him, and the forward appeared to have done everything right as he wound his way into a shooting position. It had power, but it hit Kayode on the back sparing the stopper from some lively work.

Time seemed to stand still on 27 minutes when a corner from Guy spun up off a defender. It bounced and twisted for an age inside the six-yard area as both Hayden and Bennett tried to get a boot on it. The stopwatch was eventually restarted and Benning wafted it away.

Patrick sent an effort from distance right at Stech as both teams played their part in a lively encounter, and the forward was immediately back to help out with the breaking up of an away attack as yellow shirts flooded the home area.

Callum Guy wasn't too far away when he charged down a clearance 25-yards out. He set himself to shoot as he took control of the loose ball and Stech was relieved to see it bullet past the post.

Good work from Mellish saw him bring Patrick into play 23-yards out, as United picked up the pace, but an outsretched toe from Sweeney was enough to bend his attempt away for a corner. There were loud screams for handball as Anderton recovered it with a cross, but referee Peter Wright showed no interest.

The Blues took the lead just before half time with what can only be described as a stunning goal. Jack Armer marked his first league start with a telling through ball and Omari Patrick initailly trapped the ball with a perfect first touch and with his back to the target. He took everyone by surprise with his second touch - a crisp volley on the turn which whistled its way into the back of the net.

Jon Mellish found the side netting when a back heel from Alessandra invited him to go for it from a tight angle, but that was that for the first period as the Blues took their one-goal advantage into the break.

A flurry of shots came from Alessandra and Kayode at the start of the second period but the first two efforts were blocked, with United's number nine off balance as he miscued his second volley into the stands.

Pace and power from Anderton saw him sprint 40-yards with Charsley in his wake. His cross was cut out, and Mansfield responded with a good pass from Benning to Reid. He rolled it back for Lapslie to strike, but Hayden closed it down.

Skill you needed to see to believe came from Alessandra on 50 minutes when he dragged the ball back, spun it on his heel and left two markers for dead inside his own half. He was able to relieve the pressure as he sent Patrick up the right flank.

Confidence seemed to flow through the home side as they tried all kinds of tricks, and Riley wasn't afraid to shoot when the ball came his way. It hit a thigh and curled away to safety.

The Stags attacked with Reid in space on 55 minutes and a low cross bounced for Bowery to strike. He caught it well but a solid block was made.

Riley was almost the man of the moment again when Armer nudged a pass his way. He was at distance, but he dropped a shoulder before letting it go. Stech had to dive low to make the two-handed save.

A heavy challenge from Clarke on Kayode caused concern, and he was booked, as was Bennett as the home team vented their frustration.

The decibel levels were lifted and Patrick looked for glory again as he angled a run past his man. His shot touched Sweeney and bulged the side of the net.

Riley had another stinger deflected wide, and a run from Mellish kept the pressure on as he strode into the box. He pulled it back, but Riley had yet another instinctive fizzer beaten away.

Another great home move was sparked when Anderton went on a run tight by the touchline. He found Mellish, and he dug deep to take two out before pulling it back. Riley was there again, but another block meant he was thwarted. 

Substitute Gime Toure curled a long range punt at Stech as the clock ticked down, and United had to work hard through the closing stages to protect their goal.

They did just that and the winning run was extended to four, with three of those victories complemented by clean sheets, with the Cumbrians receiving another huge ovation as soon as the final whistle blew.



Carlisle United - Patrick (39)



Carlisle United - Hayden (26), Bennett (65), Guy (68), Farman (70), Riley (87)

Mansfield Town - Clarke (65)



Carlisle United - Farman, Armer, Hayden, Bennett, Anderton (c), Riley (Furman 88), Guy, Mellish, Patrick (Toure 79), Alessandra (Reilly 90), Kayode. Subs - Dewhurst (gk), Hunt, Dixon, Obiero.

Mansfield Town - Stech, Benning, Sweeney, Rawson, Charsley, Clarke (c), Bowery, Maris (Cook 68), Gordon, Reid (Sinclair 79), Lapslie. Subs - Stone (gk), O'Keefe, Menayese, O'Driscoll, McLaughlin.


Match officials

Referee - Peter Wright
Assistant Referee 1 - Barry Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 - Chris Isherwood
Fourth Official - Andy Haines


Attendance - 2,000

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