Carlisle United and Rochdale come together for the first time this season on Tuesday night.
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Dale had a busy January, but it was a departure that kicked things off when forward Jake Beesley left to head to Blackpool.
Midfielder Aaron Morley was next to go when he made the short hop to Bolton. That paved the way for some incomings, and striker Luke Charman arrived from Darlington for an undisclosed fee, as did Pompey defender Paul Downing, who came in on loan.
Defender Max Clark was released by Fleetwood, and he was snapped up, and forward Tahvon Campbell arrived from Woking the same day, again for an undisclosed fee.
Another defensive option was added courtesy of Corey O'Keeffe, who had parted ways with Mansfield.
The transfer window closed shortly after Solihull Moors midfielder James Ball was secured, with the fee once again kept under wraps.
Rochdale like a draw, they've had 14 in the league so far, and indeed three of their last five fixtures leading into the Saturday win over the Cobblers had all been stalemates. They've lost just once in six outings, so they're going to prove to be tough opposiiton.
Just the eight league wins so far this campaign suggests a little bit of a hangover from last term's relegation, but there's quality in the squad and a determination from gaffer Robbie Stockdale that things will hit an upturn, and soon.
Tahvon Campbell is still very much settling in, but with 14 goals from 22 appearances for Woking he joined Dale in a very rich vein of form, and brimming with confidence.
He started in the Oldham and Colchester games and was well received by the fans, as he worked hard to keep the opposition defences busy.
Hero status came one step closer on Saturday afternoon when he netted the winner in the 1-0 home victory over Northampton.
He's a handful, and certainly knows how to find the back of the net.
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These sides met in August 2019 in the second round of the EFL Cup competition, and goals from Matt Done and Aaron Morley gave the home side a two-goal cushion. A Jack Bridge penalty with 15-minutes left to play provided hope, but Dale saw it through.
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Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official - Simon Clayton
Observer - Brian Parry
We met him for the first time in September 2019 when we beat Oldham at Brunton Park courtesy of a goal in the third minute from Olufela Olomola. There were no Carlisle bookings on the day.
He was here again in December that same year for our 0-0 draw with Grimsby. As with his previous visit, no home names were taken.
Our 3-1 EFL Trophy win over the Villa under-21 side was his next visit to Cumbria. Micah Obiero, Gime Toure and Gav Reilly scored our goals, with Obiero also receiving a yellow card. Danny Devine also went in the book on the night.
He was up in Cumbria in May 2021 for the final game of the season against Walsall. No bookings and no goals made it an easy post-match referee's report to write.
Let's build on what we saw on Saturday and let's get behind Paul Simpson and his team!
14 games to go ... #WeAreUnited.
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