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28 April 2022

United round off their season of home games with the visit of Stevenage on Saturday afternoon.

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Stevenage parted company with Paul Tisdale and appointed Steve Evans as his successor midway through March, with the club dipping perilously towards the bottom two spots.

Evans had been linked with the post prior to Tisdale's arrival, but the former Exeter gaffer managed just three wins from 19 league matches, which prompted the latest change.

Former Leeds United and Peterborough United boss Evans left Gillingham in January after guiding the League One side to consecutive top half of the table finishes.

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10 points from the last 15 have taken Stevenage to safety (secured last weekend), with three of those outings being clean sheets.

Things looked grim at the beginning of April when Oldham went home with an away victory under their belts, but the upturn in fortunes has been dramatic under the new manager.

There was a speed bump on Tuesday night, with a 2-0 defeat at Mansfield, but now that this season's business of safety has been concluded, there'll be a push within the club to avoid a repeat run next time round.

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Luke Norris will now forever be a hero with him having bagged both goals in the 2-0 home win over Tranmere last Saturday.

The strikes sparked the survival celebrations, taking his season tally to 12, with four of those net bulgers coming in the last six games.

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  Carlisle wins Draws Stevenage wins
League 11 4 8
Total 11 4 8

Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals at the Lamex in December 2021 that gave the Blues a comfortable away victory.

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A red card for Rod McDonald on 18 minutes put United on the back foot as Tom Pett, Luke Norris and Arthur Read made the one-man advantage when these teams met in March 2021. Brennan Dickenson scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn't quite enough to make a difference.

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December 2020 brought a convincing home victory for United with goals from Nick Anderton, Josh Kayode, Lewis Alessandra and Joe riley making up the 4-0 win. Luke Prosser was sent off with 15 minutes left to play to compound the misery for the visitors.

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The only meeting of these teams in the Covid hit 2019/20 season was in September, where a brace from Harry McKirdy and a goal from Nathan Thomas were enough to cancel out a double strike from Kurtis Guthrie.

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We were also down in Stevenage in April 2019, and it was one to forget for United as Iontton and a brace from Guthrie deflated the travelling crowd.

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The Boro picked up where they had left off the previous season when they came north in September 2018. Carlisle were made to pay for early missed chances when Ben Kennedy scored a beauty after the break, and there was more disappointment when an Adam Campbell header crashed against the post late in the day.

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Our visit to the Lamex in January 2018 was a tight affair but it was United who created the better of the chances, with Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt both going close from first half free kicks. Sam Cosgrove could have wrapped things up when he was played clean through but, in the end, neither side could find a way to break the deadlock.

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It was another tough one for the Blues almost exactly two years ago when early second half goals from Kennedy and Tom Pett put Boro in cruise control as they saw their way through to a comfortable three points.

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Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Newhouse
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Williams
Fourth Official - Richard Woodward
Observer - Roy Pearson

Darren DrysdaleThe referee for this game is Mr Darren Drysdale. Darren has taken charge of 34 games so far this season and has shown 112 yellow cards and three reds.

We met him twice during the 2017/18 season, with him looking after our 1 January 2018 fixture against Mansfield Town. The Stags won 3-1 with Kane Hemmings (2) and Rhys Bennett bagging their goals. Jamie Devitt notched our consolation from the spot and John O’Sullivan and Richie Bennett were the United names that went in the book that afternoon.

He was also the man in the middle for our trip to face Notts County a month later, in February 2018. Jamie Devitt scored a late consolation, but a first half brace from Jon Stead had already done the damage. 

We had him once again at Field Mill when a Tyler Walker penalty gave Mansfield another narrow victory. Yet again the blue shirts avoided the little black book.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 1 Stevenage

Report from the final home game of the season

30 April 2022

United rounded off 2021/22 at Brunton Park with a home game against Stevenage.

And there were three changes to the starters from last weekend with Kris Dennis, Jack Ellis and Corey Whelan in for Lewis Alessandra, Danny Devine and Dynel Simeu.

Kendal-born youth second year Jack Ellis went into the game knowing that he had a two-year professional deal already secured, but what a way to make his senior debut as part of the defensive back line.

Dynel Simeu had dealt with a family bereavement during the week, so he stood down, with the group having a really fresh feel to it ahead of kick off. 

United hit the bar with just 90 seconds on the clock as Ellis hooked a clearance from a Gibson free kick back into the mix. Patrick controlled, with his back to goal, and Gibson was there to go on the overlap. His delivery curled over Pym and the keeper was relieved to see it graze the woodwork and skitter away.

The Blues fashioned an excellent attack as Ellis moved out of defence to go wide on the right. His inside ball was initially cut out, but the Blues recovered with Patrick in attendance. Armer tried to break through, but Pym was off his line to provide a blanket.

Boro got forward with menace in what was an entertaining opening with Prosser diving to meet a dipping cross. Howard was beaten, but it hit the upright and bounced nicely for Reid to volley. Feeney lunged to make a vital block.

A corner from Gibson found Armer on the leap at the back stick and he cushioned a header towards the six-yard box. Mellish and Dennis were there, but Cuthbert atoned for the error that had led to the set piece with a timely swipe.

United showed patience just past the quarter hour when they switched play from right to left, and Armer's delivery was, just for a moment, there for Patrick to hit. He was closed down in the nick of time.

There was a scare for the home defence when Norris somehow bundled an awkwardly bouncing ball past Mellish and Armer, leaving just Howard to beat. He completely miskicked as he tried to finish it off and the stopper was able to gather it up.

Elliott List then skied a volley onto the advertising logos on the facia of the roof at the Warwick Road End, as the game struggled to find the heartbeat that had been threatening to burst through in the opening 10 minutes.

Better movement from the hosts earned a corner on 37 minutes, but Pym was out smartly to pluck the inswinger into his gloves.

Patrick tried to inject something when he pounced on a weak pass from Taylor, but his snapshot was charged down on the edge of the area.

There were a series of half-chances in what was a scrappy lead-up to the break, with United going closest when Gibson popped the ball into the box from deep. It whisked over a jump from Dennis and ripped just past the upright.

Riley had an effort blocked and Dickenson headed at Pym in time added on for the period, but it was into the dressing rooms all-square and with the bragging rights still up for grabs.

It was Riley who provided a spark on 53 minutes when he was there to snaffle up a clearance from a Dickenson cross. He beat his man, then unleashed a stunner from distance to register his third goal of the season.

Stevenage looked for an immediate response and they turned possession over to put Upson almost clean through. He took a touch and dropped a shoulder, but Howard had closed the angles and that allowed him to make a much-needed save.

Lewis Alessandra was on to replace a struggling Joe Riley just before the hour, and United were on the attack from the restart with Ellis, who surged into space. He fed it inside to Patrick, who then found Dickenson, but his shot was always going high.

The home lead was doubled just past the hour when Armer came up in support of Dickenson, with the away defence pulled out of shape. His low delivery was expertly measured, and Lewis Alessandra was there to slide it into the net after Patrick had also stretched to get a touch.

Stevenage looked out of it, with the more incisive stuff coming from the men in blue, but Prosser got on the end of a wicked free kick, only to see his goal bound header hit Carter and spoon high into the air.

Carter then nodded wide when Wildin picked him out, and Dennis bent one over at the other end with the game steadily ticking along.

The visitors were awarded a penalty when there was a grapple between Cuthbert and Whelan - which took everybody by surprise - and Norris rammed the spot kick into the back of the net to give his side a chance.

Teenager Jack Ellis left the field to a standing ovation having completed an excellent debut, and Omotoye was prevented from restoring the cushion when he was quickly closed down at the end of the game.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Riley (53), Alessandra (63)

Stevenage - Norris (88 pen)

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Bookings

Stevenage - Taylor (33)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Howard, Riley (Alessandra 57), Ellis (Mellor 88), Feeney (c), Mellish, Armer, Gibson, Whelan, Dickenson, Patrick, Dennis (Omotoye 86). Subs - Norman (gk), Devine, McDonald, Simeu.

Stevenage - Pym, Wildin, Cuthbert (c), Prosser, List (Carter 62), Taylor, Norris, Upson (Lines 62), Reid, Barry, Bostwick. Subs - Walker (gk), Coker, Andrade, Daly, Read.

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Match officials

Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Newhouse
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Williams
Fourth Official - Richard Woodward
Observer - Roy Pearson

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Attendance - 5,701 (98)

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