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MATCH PREVIEW: Trophy group game to kick things off

First game of the season for the Blues on Tuesday

31 August 2020

It feels like these clubs play each other almost every week, but the reality is that we’re yet to face the Cod Army in league competition, with the four meetings of the teams so far being divided up into three games in the EFL Trophy and one in the EFL Cup.

BitsHonours are even, with two victories each, but it was Fleetwood who drew first blood way back in November 2013 when goals either side of the break from David Ball and Antoni Sarcevic at Highbury knocked us out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It was almost three years to the day before our paths crossed again, once more in the EFL Trophy, and this time a strong display saw Joe McKee, Charlie Wyke, Danny Grainger (pen) and Cameron Salkeld bag for the home side. Responses from Jack Sowerby and Alex Jakubiak weren’t enough to prevent United from claiming a 4-2 victory.

Extra time in the televised League Cup encounter at Highbury was needed in August 2017 after strikes from Shaun Miller and Jordy Hiwula had caused the stalemate. Substitute Tom Miller pounced to make it count for United as they battled their way to hard-earned progression.

The last meeting between these sides was just three months later, and this time it was Carlisle who played host. Jack Sowerby and Wes Hunt put the away team ahead in the first half, and a late consolation from Shaun Miller turned out to be exactly that as Fleetwood held onto their lead.


Carlisle wins


Fleetwood wins





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The latest transfer activity completed by the Cod Army was the loan departure of Harrison Biggins to Barrow last week.

Conor McAleny also left the club, as he went to Oldham, but there was activity the other way with the capture of former-Huddersfield keeper Joel Coleman on a two-year deal midway through August.

Cumbrian-born midfielder Kyle Dempsey moved to Gillingham on a free transfer at the start of the month, and young Liverpool defender Morgan Boyes headed into Highbury on a season-long loan deal.

Lewie Coyle was another to move – he went to Hull for an undisclosed fee – meanwhile the experienced Matt Gilks headed to Bolton in what was a busy period of ins and outs, as stopper Billy Crellin made the same trip, but for him it was on a loan deal.

The first deal of the summer transfer window for Joey Barton was the two-year signing of Callum Cramps, who ended a seven-year stay with Rochdale when he put pen-to-paper on the first day of August.


There are some familiar faces in the Highbury ranks, with Paddy Madden a constant threat as he looks for goals.

Jack Sowerby enjoyed himself up here in Cumbria as he played in midfield and defence for the Blues, when five goals in 28 appearances between August 2018 and January 2019 endeared him to the Brunton Park faithful.

Cast an eye towards the bench and you’ll see assistant manager Clint Hill. His season with us in 2017/18 was typical of his professional approach to the game, and Carlisle have the honour of being the last club he played for before he hung his boots up for the last time.

But the player to watch has to be experienced forward Ched Evans. Evans has commanded combined fees of over £3 million, with a three-year stay with Sheffield United particularly potent [2009 to 2012] as he averaged a goal every other game.

He initially joined Fleetwood on loan in the summer of 2018 and has scored 30 goals in his 76 appearances for his current club.


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Highlights from our pre-season meeting on 11 August 2020:

Highlights from the 4-2 home victory on 9 November 2016:


Our match referee for this fixture is Benjamin Speedie

This is the first time Mr Speedie has been the man in the middle for a Carlisle United fixture. 

Referee - Benjamin Speedie
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Parry
Assistant Referee 2 - Gareth Mellor
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 3 Fleetwood

Report from the Tuesday night home game

1 September 2020

United kicked off the 2020/21 season with a home game against Fleetwood Town as the teams played the first of three round-robin fixtures in Group A of the EFL Trophy competition.

Manager Chris Beech had keeper Magnus Norman and midfielder Brennan Dickinson sidelined with medium-term knee and hamstring injuries respectively, and other pre-season niggles meant that second-year youth player Lewis Bell was drafted up to the bench.

A further complication was added to the mix for team selection with Callum Guy serving out his one-match suspension following the sending off he suffered in last season's Trophy home fixture for Blackpool against Scunthorpe - back in November last year.

The match was the first ever competitive encounter played behind closed doors for Carlisle, with it being just under six months since the Covid-19 outbreak had caused a complete shut down of the professional game.

Seven of the 11 Blues starters were making their debut, with just Alessandra, Anderton, Hayden and Mellish the recognisable names from the last campaign.

Good work between Riley and Tanner saw them open up a gap on the right flank early in the piece. The cross from the right back was met by Toure but his touch was just in front of Alessandra.

Fleetwood responded with a long ball forward which Saunders raced after. His delivery was plucked out of the air by Farman when it angled for the back stick. A delivery from Burns followed, but Tanner kept his eye on it and he stuck a boot out to volley it behind to safety.

The outswinging corner was aimed at a mass of bodies on the penalty spot but James Hill couldn't keep his header down and it sailed over the target.

It was a game played at a good pace and United were next to have a go when the ball was eventually worked to Devine. His powerful effort hit a defender and skipped away for a corner.

The Cod Army went close on the quarter hour when Morris let fly from distance. Farman saw it late, and his parry invited Camps to sprint forward. The big stopper made amends as he spread himself to deflect a clipped shot towards the corner flag.

United broke at pace from the set piece, and Toure used strength to get to the edge of the box as he went on a 40-yard run. His effort was palmed away by Coleman, and the keeper recovered just in time to divert a dipping stinger from Reilly over the bar.

Carlisle continued to work hard and Riley was next to test the defence when he held his position as Alessandra fed it back his way. The 20-yard rasper was goal bound until Whelan got in the way.

Back at the other end and a deep free kick was met by Saunders as he jumped to volley the dipper. Farman completed a superb, instinctive save when he somehow got a hand to it before it could bulge the roof of the net.

It was a good spell for the away side and Harvey Saunders dragged one wide as he found unexpected time inside the box. Andrew then fizzed over from distance when he had other options.

Good pressing from the Blues kept the visiting team on their toes and possession was overturned on 35 minutes when the hosts hunted in packs. Anderton had pulled wide, and his thunderbolt had to be touched behind by Coleman as it threatened to spin into his nets. 

Riley ripped the resulting corner at Hayden, and both he and Reilly appeared to get a touch, but it was debut boy Gime Toure who led the celebrations as he got the final decisive clip as the ball made its way over the line.

But the Cod Army were back on terms on the stroke of half time when a slick move down the left brought a low cross from Andrew as he pulled off his man. Callum Camps was there to poke it into the bottom corner and level the scores as he arrived late in the penalty box.

Midfielder Dean Furman replaced Danny Devine for the start of the second period, having signed a season-long deal last week, and his first contribution was a beauty of a free kick which found Alessandra on the sprint. A glanced header was a whisker away as the offside flag went up.

A Joe Riley free kick from 25-yards angled just over target in what was a decent home spell, but Gavin Reilly was alert from the goal kick as Coleman and Burns got crossed wires. The lively forward nicked the ball but the Fleetwood keeper raced off his line to close the angles.

Toure showed another flash of his trickery moments later as he mesmerised two by the bye line, and a whipped delivery was begging to be finished off, but it was just too far in front of Reilly and Alessandra.

United were enjoying themselves as they sprayed the passes around, with Furman right at the heart of it, and more determination from Toure saw him win another 50:50 before he released Alessandra into space. He was at an angle, and he was disappointed to see his shot thunder into the side netting.

Fleetwood were ahead against the run of play just before the hour when it looked to everybody apart from the officials that Farman had been blocked off as he tried to throw a punch at a corner. 

Harvey Saunders ignored the appeals and his diving header zipped into the bottom corner as he met it just before it bounced on the surface, close to the back stick.

A goal saving tackle from Hayden on Morris was an excellent piece of defending as the away side picked a path through a tight defence, but Saunders made no mistake on 68 minutes when he rose gracefully to glance a whisked cross past the despairing dive from Farman.

United looked to get back into it and a Riley free kick from the left flank was only half cleared. Furman put his boot through a volley but it spun off his laces and Coleman watched as it bobbled wide.

Saunders almost claimed his hat-trick when he lurked and waited for another deep corner. He was taken by surprise as it fell at his feet and his rushed effort could only find the side of the net.

Toure was a matter of millimetres away from notching his second of the night when he put his head down and carried the ball into the box. A crunching thump hit an outstretched leg and Coleman was relieved to see it curl over and behind into the Warwick.

The game tightened up through the closing stages but disaster struck for the hosts in the 90th minute when Gime Toure was shown a straight red card after Burns fell to the floor directly in front of the assistant referee. 



Carlisle United - Toure (36)

Fleetwood Town - Camps (44), Saunders (56, 68)


Sent off

Carlisle United - Toure (90)



Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner, Hayden, McDonald, Anderton (c), Riley, Mellish, Devine (Furman 46), Alessandra, Reilly, Toure. Subs - Dewhurst (gk), Hunt, Charters, Birch, Armstrong, Bell.

Fleetwood Town - Coleman, Andrew, Whelan (Matete 70), Burns, Camps (Johnston 76), Morris, Coutts (c), Saunders, Garner (Evans 70), Holgate, Hill. Subs - Cairns (gk), Baggley, Rydel, Morris.


Match officials

Referee - Benjamin Speedie
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Parry
Assistant Referee 2 - Gareth Mellor
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg


Attendance - behind closed doors

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