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PREVIEW: We look ahead to the Forest Green game

Long away trip for the Blues on Saturday

20 January 2022

It's a drive down the M5 and M6 as United head to the New Lawn on Saturday.


Former England under-16 boss Rob Edwards took the helm at the New Lawn at the end of May and has seen his side respond in an extremely positive manner to his appointment.

The 38-year-old was with Wolves prior to his coaching switch to the national set-up, and he's taken to his new challenge like a duck to water.

The only blemish on a near-perfect season to date was the shock of being knocked out of the FA Cup at the first-round stage by St Albans City.


Forest Green have lost just twice in the league this season, having won 15 and drawn seven of their other outings.

Goalscoring has been the key, with 48 league strikes making them the division's top scorers by some margin. Backed up by a tight defence - just 21 conceded - they are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run and have opened up a considerbale gap at the head of the pile.

As if they needed net bulgers from anywhere else, striker Josh March opened his account for the campaign against Stevenage at the start of this month. Not bad when you consider that Jamille Matt and Matty Stevens have registered 29 between them.

Last Saturday was furstrating as they took a one-goal lead into time added on against fellow promotion chasers Northampton Town. They were set to celebrate their victory, but Mitch Pinnock nicked an equaliser for the home team with the last touch of the game.

Rovers hosted Mansfield on Tuesday night ... well, kind of. Kick off was initially delayed by 15 minutes as a deep fog bank rolled in, and then just four minutes into it the referee called a halt as players, fans and officials struggled to see what was going on.

It was agreed to wait another 10 minutes but, if anything, visibility worsened and the Stags were left to negotiate their way out of Gloucestershire through the pea soup having had a wasted journey.

Anyhoo, on the pitch the job is by no means done for Rovers, but it's a brave person who will bet against them at this stage.

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16 goals and eight assists for Jamille Matt is one heck of a return - particularly with just over three months of the season left to play. 

Always a handful, he's firing on all cylinders at the moment and that confidence is bound to give him an extra yard of belief.

Tall and powerful, he's an obvious pick as the one to watch.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Forest Green wins
League 4 2 5
FA Cup 1 1 0
Total 5 3 5

Jamille Matt and Nicky Cadden bagged within four minutes of each other in the first half of the 2-0 victory here in Carlisle in October 2021. That was the scoring done on the day.

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All of the goals came in the second half at Brunton Park in February 2021 with Aaron Collins putting the visitors ahead from the spot on the hour. Gime Toure equalised, but the away side grabbed the points courtesy of a late goal from Odin Bailey.

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A trip to the New Lawn in December 2020 brought a win for the hosts as Jamille Matt pounced late in the game to nick the points as an afternoon of sunshine turned to heavy, saturating storms.

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The 2019/20 season was one of those years where it felt like we played each other at least 200 times, and the fourth occasion we came together was again down at the Lawn, and it was a thumping away win for the Cumbrians as Josh Kayode complemented a Nathan Thomas hat-trick, with the score ending at 4-1.

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December 2019's FA Cup second round replay went the way of the Blues courtesy of a first-ever goal for the club for big defender Aaron Hayden. It was nip and tuck, but Carlisle went through to face Championship side Cardiff City in the third round.

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United had to come from behind when Aaron Collins netted with just 10 minutes on the clock at Nailsworth in the November 2019 second round FA Cup clash. Goals either side of the break from Nathan Thomas put the Cumbrians in the ascendency, but an own goal from Gethin Jones just two minutes after Thomas had bagged his second left the teams with it all to do again as the game ended 2-2.

Unfortunately we do not hold the rights to the first round match footage.

It was a stalemate here at Brunton Park when these sides met in league action in September 2019. Chances came and went, but the feisty encounter went without goals as five players were booked and one sent off (James Morton).

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United came away from the New Lawn with a 1-1 draw in March 2019, having largely dominated the game. Nathan Thomas bagged the goal, but there were a number of opportunities missed by the Blues as they battled, but ultimately failed, to take all three points.

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It was Rovers who took the honours when they came north in November 2018, earlier in that season, with goals from Ben Morris and Carl Winchester giving them a two-goal cushion. A late penalty from Jamie Devitt gave the Blues some hope, but the away side held out to take all three points.

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The December 2017 away trip to the New Lawn brought an early Christmas present for the Blue Army as Richie Bennett headed home what turned out to be the winner just before the half hour.

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It was the same scoreline here at Brunton Park in January 2018 with the only goal of the game coming in almost the same minute. This time it was Jamie Devitt who found the back of the net when he arrived late to smash a volley into the bottom corner as the ball fell nicely at his feet.

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Referee - Craig Hicks
Assistant Referee 1 - Lisa Rashid
Assistant Referee 2 - Andrew Hendley
Fourth Official - Ravel Cheosiaua
Observer - Mick Brown

Our referee for this game is Mr Craig Hicks. He has taken charge of 21 games so far this season showing 59 yellow cards and five reds.

Unusually, and despite having been on the EFL books for a number of seasons now, this is just the second time he has been in charge of a game involving the Blues.

We first met at Colchester in December 2019. The U's won 3-0 (Nat Knight-Percival scored an unfortunate own goal) and Gethin Jones and Stefan Scougall had their names taken.




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For wheelchair tickets please contact Forest Green Rovers ticket office directly on 0333 123 1889 which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 3pm.  

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Thursday 20 Jan

10am – 4pm


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In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0330 094 5930 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
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Please note - there will be no ticket collections on the day of the game. All tickets must be collected from Brunton Park before 4pm on Thursday 20 January.  

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Rovers 3 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

22 January 2022

United were back on the road on Saturday afternoon for the long away trip to Forest Green.

And it was a meeting of two of the division's form teams with both outfits enjoying respective unbeaten runs.

For United it was five, and they made just one change from the Hartlepool game with Joel Senior in for the injured Kelvin Mellor. 

Zach Clough and Sam Fishburn were drafted onto the bench, with the remainder of the squad unchanged.

United started on the front-foot but it was Rovers who created the first opening on three minutes when Cadden made space to cross. Stevens ran to the front stick to meet it but Feeney shadowed him, and the defender made a timely intervention.

There was a slick move from the hosts moments later when Matt waited for Wilson to support. He pulled wide and crossed low, and Cadden was there to shoot as he entered the area. It didn't quite get the power it needed and Howard dropped to make the save.

Carlisle were passing and moving the ball well but they were twice thwarted on the edge of the box. Patrick was shut down, as was Omotoye, just on the brink of letting one go.

The blue shirts came again when Omotoye used pace to get beyond Wilson. He crossed low as he reached the byline, but it was hooked clear as Patrick shaped to connect.

Midfielder Callum Guy stole possession as the hosts struggled to clear their lines, and he had Mellish in close attention as he came from deep. He took a touch, but he was disappointed as his long-range effort sailed high.

There was disaster for the visitors on 16 minutes when Wilson angled a run from right to left. He used Cadden, and his driven centred ball had Stevens interested. Morgan Feeney stretched a leg out and he watched in horror as it skimmed off his boot and into the bottom corner.

Skipper Callum Guy was at the heart of trying to get his team going again when he took over after Patrick and Mellish had shepherded it into the corner. He sprinted clear, and Senior was brought into play. A feint and a flick of the boot took him past Cargill, and a fizzed delivery had to be dealt with as Patrick steamed in.

An incisive United move saw Gibson find Dickenson with Forest light at the back. A great touch from the left winger was followed by an inch perfect through ball, but Gibson got his bearings wrong and he sliced wide from six yards. A glance at the assistant confirmed that he was in an offside position.

Matt nodded a free kick from Moore-Taylor straight at Howard, but it was the away team who were seeing most of the ball as they looked for parity. Armer did well to pass up the line to release Gibson, and the ball went for a corner when he tried to feed it through legs.

Howard had to watch a punt from Stevens closely as the league leaders attacked sporadically, and he was in action again when Cadden tried his luck from wide. A dive and a gather were enough to do the job.

United had knocked on the door prior to that second attempt as the ball pinged around inside the area from a Guy free kick. It wouldn't settle and the moment was gone.

Jake Young found unexpected space just before the break when a long ball forward bounced his way, but he rushed his shot and it was pulled past the upright.

Pace from Patrick, Armer and Mellish then sliced Rovers apart, and Omotoye was suddenly free and clear. He went for it as he was pushed ever tighter but he could only find the side netting.

Joel Senior showed his defensive awareness on 43 minutes when he stopped Young in his tracks. The home side had broken but the right back came across to cancel out the move.

A spin from Omotoye took him away from two at the beginning of the second period and he immediately spread it to Dickenson. His centre was cleared, but Patrick recovered it and beat his man. The resulting corner fell to Armer, but his 18-yard volley skewed off target.

Carlisle looked comfortable but they were caught short on 52 minutes when Young was picked out in acres of space. He wound his way into the box, and luck was on his side when his shot on the run ricocheted towards the dangerous Matt Stevens. The prolific forward made no mistake as he stabbed it into the net.

Rovers grew in confidence and Young tried to take matters into his own hands when he latched onto a shielded pass from Matt. He twisted to shoot but it curled over the bar.

Senior got forward to support a Patrick burst as United huffed and puffed, and he dropped a shoulder to beat his man as he approached the danger area. Moore-Taylor charged it down and McGee cleaned up afterwards.

It was Senior who won a corner through sheer tenacity just after the hour, and McDonald was up to meet Guy's dipper at the far stick. Feeney challenged but it was headed away.

Fishburn and Alessandra came on for Dickenson and Omotoye as the Blues looked for a spark, but Howard had to handle safely from Matt and Cadden in quick succession. 

Stevens then somehow conspired to miss when he had time to get on the end of a cross from Wilson. His 10-yard header was always too high.

Mellish played a one-two with Fishburn as he bullied his way into the area but McGee closed the gap as the shot came in.

There was then a great ball from Patrick which curved across the face of the target, in what was a good period for the visitors, but Alessandra was on the stretch and his volley sped behind.

Jamille Matt made sure of the points on 77 minutes when a one-touch move involving Aitchison and Stevens left him on his own and with just Howard to beat. He kept it low as he bulged the net.



Forest Green Rovers - Feeney (og 16), Stevens (52), Matt (77)



Forest Green Rovers - Cargill (36)

Carlisle United - Armer (62), Guy (90)



Forest Green Rovers - McGee, Wilson, Cargill, Stevenson, Stevens, Cadden, Matt (c) (Sweeney 80), Moore-Taylor, Young (Aitchison 64), Hendry (Diallo 85), Godwin-Malife. Subs - Thomas (gk), Bernard, Edwards, March.

Carlisle United - Howard, Senior, McDonald, Feeney, Armer, Gibson (Clough 78), Guy (c), Dickenson (Fishburn 68), Mellish, Omotoye (Alessandra 68), Patrick. Subs - Norman (gk), Devine, Riley, Whelan.


Match officials

Referee - Craig Hicks
Assistant Referee 1 - Lisa Rashid
Assistant Referee 2 - Andrew Hendley
Fourth Official - Ravel Cheosiaua
Observer - Mick Brown


Attendance - 2,864 (267)

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