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PREVIEW: The Exiles are here on Tuesday

Games keep coming thick and fast

14 March 2022

Our second home game in the space of four days sees Newport County visit Brunton Park on Tuesday night.

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Exiles boss James Rowberry moved quickly to deal with the departure of assistant Wayne Hatswell who left Rodney Parade just over a fortnight ago to be reunited with Michael Flynn at Walsall.

Carl Serrant moved into the unoccupied position having previously been with Cardiff as a strength and conditioning specialist.

Serrant 46, played for Oldham Athletic, Newcastle United and Bury before moving into coaching.


Newport went into their weekend away day at Stevenage with a five-game unbeaten run to protect.

Three draws and two victories had kept them well in touch with the automatic promotion places with things very tight at the top. 

Their trip to the Lamex went according to plan, woth the run extended to six thanks to goals from Rob Street and Ryan Haynes.

They've been up against promotion rivals Forest Green, Tranmere and Mansfield in the last fsix outings, taking five points from the nine available from those top-of-the-table clashes.

58 goals scored makes them the second best net finders in the division, but 45 conceded is the leakiest defence in the current top seven. 

It makes for an interesting night.

who watch

It has to be Dom Telford.

24 goals from 29 games played is the kind of season everybody dreams about.

He netted twice against us back in October and is in blistering form with four form his last seven appearances.

Very mobile and strong he's become a bit of a hero and talisman, so he'll need to be marshalled.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Newport County wins
League 4 4 7
Total 4 4 7

The Blues were in South Wales in October 2021 for a very eventful 2-2 draw. Joe Riley opened the scoring inside the first minute, but Dom Telford turned the game on its head with a brace. Zach Clough levelled things up from the spot and the Exiles had two men sent off along the way.

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United were back at Rodney Parade in April 2021 and the teams battled it out for a point each in what was a tense 0-0 draw.

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These teams met in November 2020 with United breezing into a three-goal lead with goals from Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish (2). But it was to be a nervy ending as Jamie Devitt and Josh Sheehan bagged late strikes to keep things interesting.

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The March 2020 trip to Brunton Park for Newport was the last fixture to be played bfore the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed later that week.

United were ahead with just five minutes on the clock when Omari Patrick nodded the ball into the net. JJ Kayode doubled the lead from the spot, and the night got worse for the visitors when Ryan Innis was sent off on the stroke of half time.

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We were down in Newport in October 2019 when a last-minute goal from George Nurse condemned the Blues to an away defeat.

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Prior to that we came together at Rodney Parade in March 2019 and it turned out to be a day for the home side as Ade Azeez and Padraig Amond netted either side of the break to send the Blues home with nothing to show for their efforts.

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Our meeting with the Exiles in November 2018 looked comfortable as Jamie Devitt netted twice to give the Blues a two-goal cushion. Padraig Amond had something to say about that as he pulled the visitors right back into it just before the break. Dan Butler thought he'd earned his side a point with just three minutes left to play, but Danny Grainger bagged himself a goal of the month award and a victory for his team with almost the last kick of the game.

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Both of the 2017/18 season games were draws, with the December trip to Rodney Parade seeing the sides having to settle for a share of the spoils off the back of a 3-3 stalemate. Luke Joyce sparked a much better second half for United when he scored from very close range immediately after the break, but it was nip and tuck and strikes from Tom Miller and Kelvin Etuhu were needed to make sure Carlisle had something to show for their efforts.

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The 17/18 league season ended when these two came together in May right here on our own patch. Mark Ellis put us ahead with less than a quarter of an hour gone, but Padraig Amond restored parity just before the break, and that was just about that as the teams played their way to full time and a well earned summer break.

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Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Conor Brown
Assistant Referee 2 - Alan Clayton
Fourth Official - Helen Edwards
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

Martin Coy

Our referee for this fixture is Martin Coy.

Martin has been in charge of 23 games so far this season showing 51 yellow cards and three reds.

Martin was our ref for the Barrow home game in November 2021. Callum Guy was the only United booking and it ended as a goalless draw.

He was at Brunton Park in September 2021 for our 2-1 home win over Salford. Brennan Dickenson scored early, but Josh Morris pegged things back on the stroke of half time. Jon Mellish grabbed the winner in the second half, and Tristan Abrahams, Zach Clough and Callum Guy all had their names taken.

We saw him at Bolton in April 2021 where a first half goal from Eoin Doyle was enough to secure a home win, depsite United dominating much of the play. Joe Riley was the only Carlisle name to be taken.

He was with us in January 2021 for a 1-0 home win over Exeter. Lewis Alessandra scored the goal, and Nick Anderton was the only booking on the day.

The December trip to Harrogate turned into an interesting evening as dipping temperatures sent an already struggling pitch over the edge. Just eight minutes into the game, and with the hosts a goal to the good, Mr Coy deemed that the surface had become too dangerous and United's first ever trip to Wetherby Road was cut short with the match abandoned due to safety reasons.

He was at Brunton Park in October 2020 for the 3-2 home win over Colchester where goals from Lewi Alessandra and Jon Mellish gave us a two-goal cushion. The U's pegged us back with strikes either side of the break, but Aaron Hayden sealed a deserved win with a late goal. Callum Guy, Jon Mellish and Joe Riley were booked on the afternoon.

We also had him for our 3-0 home defeat against Plymouth in January 2020. Aaron Hayden was sent off in the final minute of that fixture as tensions ran high. 

Prior to that he was here for the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale back in November 2019.

Ryan Loft put us ahead with just one minute on the clock, but second half goals from Worrall and Cullen took the points the way of the hosts. Loft and Canice Carroll had their names taken on the day.

We saw him twice in the 2018/19 season, with our first meeting for the home defeat against Grimsby in October. The goal came in the first half from Luke Hendrie, but there were no United names entered into the book.

He was back here a month later for the 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Stoke City under-21s. Jack Sowerby scored the goal and Gary Liddle was shown a yellow card. 

He was with us three times during the 2017/18 season, with his first visit up north coming in August 2017 for our 3-0 home victory over Cheltenham. Tom Miller and Reggie Lambe added to a fifth minute own goal from Harry Pell, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle booking on the day.

We saw him again for our November Checkatrade Trophy group game against Fleetwood, where a certain Jack Sowerby opened the scoring on the night. Wes Burns doubled the lead just before half time, and a late Shaun Miller goal did little to affect the outcome as the visitors took the win come full time. Tom Miller and Jamie Devitt received yellow cards that night.

His last trip to Brunton Park during that campaign was for our 2-2 draw with Crawley in March. Richie Bennett and Hallam Hope appeared to have done the job with goals to give us a 2-0 lead, but the Red Devils recovered and claimed their point courtesy of a brace from Kalen Grant. United names taken were Clint Hill, Hallam Hope and Tom Parkes.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 2 Exiles

Report from the Tuesday night home game

15 March 2022

United's second home game in the space of four days brought promotion chasing Newport County on the long trip north looking to protect their six-game unbeaten run.

But they were being hosted by a team also in good form with four wins from four for new manager Paul Simpson.

There was a change to the starting line up for the first time under Simpson, with the busy run of fixtures a definite factor.

Centre back Rod McDonald was in at the heart of the defence, with Mitch Roberts at left back, and Jack Armer and Jon Mellish took a place on the bench.

Further forward it was Brennan Dickenson and Tobi Sho-Silva in for Jamie Devitt and Kristian Dennis to complete the quartet of switches.

United sprung the first attack of the night when Gibson stayed wide. He combined with Riley to make space, but Demetriou got a touch on the cross. Dickenson shielded it, but it bobbled away as he spun his man and Clarke made the clearance.

The Exiles showed on nine minutes when a cross from the left found Telford on the edge of the area. An ambitious header flew high and wide.

More probing from the visitors resulted in a shot from distance from Azaz, but Howard had seen it early. United broke from the clearance and Patrick overlapped to clip one into the centre. Sho-Silva rose to meet it but Townsend gathered the looped header into his chest.

United were undone on the quarter hour when a near post inswinging corner from Dolan was met with a diving glance from Demetriou. It was a bullet of a touch and Howard stood no chance.

Sho-Silva charged down a clearance as the Blues worked hard to make a mark from the restart, and it almost fell kindly for Patrick as it spun clear, but Townsend was off his line to make it his.

Feeney had to go for safety first when Azaz used Telford to create an outlet. A low cross was poked behind before an amber shirt could get to it.

Newport looked dangerous on the half hour when Street streaked forward with the ball at his feet. Waite waited for it, and he went for an early piledriver which flew through legs. Howard dropped low to parry, and Feeney was on hand to provide extra cover.

There was half a sight for Gibson as much of the action remained in midfield when determination from Patrick and Sho-Silva prevented Clarke from stifling a move. The effort had power, but Clarke recovered to get a leg in the way.

Another chance came Gibson's way after Patrick had raced onto a sliderule pass up the left flank from Roberts. The forward twisted and turned his way past two challenges then stroked it with the outside of his boot to the wide man. He dropped a shoulder and struck it with venom but he got his bearings wrong.

Riley did well to get something onto a Telford volley inside his own area just before the break, when the lively striker was picked out by a cut back from Haynes. It was dangerous, but the lunge did enough to avert the danger.

A long-range grasscutter from Dickenson signalled an end to the half, with the Cumbrians knowing there was work to do in the second period.

Carlisle looked lively from the first whistle and Riley, Patrick and Guy kept the ball moving as they looked for space. Dickenson very nearly opened the door with a whipped delivery, but Clarke twisted to hook it clear.

Guy did well to track a sprint from Azaz moments later as one-touch toe pokes provided food for thought at the back. His tackle led to a corner that was eventually met by Clarke, when Dolan lofted the ball deep. It hit the bar, and the off-balance Rob Street was left with his head in his hands as he somehow stabbed the rebound wide from just three-yards out.

United were a whisker away from an equaliser on 57 minutes when a Guy corner was guided towards the far stick by Feeney. McDonald checked his movement, and he unleashed a rocket of a volley from just inside the box. Townsend was beaten and mightily relieved to see it go just an inch too high.

The hosts went close again with another Guy corner that found Feeney as he challenged under pressure. Patrick tried to get power to his header but it was straight at Townsend.

Newport countered and Howard had to drop low to palm a stinger from Azaz round the upright. Back up the other end and Omotoye won a corner when he teased his way towards two defenders. That was cleared as Gibson stretched to keep it alive.

The Carlisle revival was rocked back on its heels when a misplaced pass in midfield allowed the away team to spring forward. A low teasing pull back was met by Azaz and he made no mistake with a thunderbolt into the roof of the net.

Substitute Tyrese Omotoye did the leg work to cut his way past three yellow shirts late in the day, and Patrick got involved with a bounce ball that gave him a sniff at the nets. He lost his balance and sent it wide from a tight angle.

The in-form Omari Patrick gave his side a lifeline with just over ten minutes left to go when he followed a fantastic run from Danny Devine. A feint, a stutter and a burst from the midfielder was followed by a cross that took Waite by surprise, and the big front man didn't need to be asked twice. He dragged it back, shifted it and sent it through a gaggle of legs into the bottom corner.

Howard and McDonald combined to keep a low shot and a follow-up out late in the game, and the defender wasted no time in getting into the opposition half as he ripped a tester of a cross at the area. It shaved Feeney's head and Haynes got rid of it.

Patrick clipped a volley over from Riley as the Blues kept going, and a late break had the crowd on its feet as Patrick and Dickenson both tried to find the leveller. Townsend dropped onto the delivery with much relief.

United threw men forward, but Newport sat deep in numbers to see the game through.


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Carlisle United - Patrick (80)

Newport County - Demetriou (15), Azaz (65)



Carlisle United - Howard, Riley, Simeu, McDonald, Feeney, Roberts (Omotoye 54), Gibson (Devine 69), Guy (c), Dickenson, Sho-Silva (Dennis 69), Patrick. Subs - Norman (gk), Armer, Mellish, Whelan.

Newport County - Townsend, Norman, Haynes, Clarke (Lewis 75), Dolan (c), Street (Fisher 89), Bennett, Azaz, Telford (Collins 58), Waite, Demetriou. Subs - Day (gk), Abraham, Ellison, Karadogan.


Match officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Conor Brown
Assistant Referee 2 - Alan Clayton
Fourth Official - Helen Edwards
Observer - Eddie Ilderton


Attendance - 4,445 (144)

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