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PREVIEW: Barrow next up for the Blues

A look ahead to the weekend game

12 November 2021

Whether you class this as a local derby or not, it's still an important fixture for both sets of fans - with bragging rights up for grabs come 3pm on Saturday.

This fixture kicks off at 1pm!

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This fixture kicks off at 1pm!

Barrow were the televised Emirates FA Cup fixture last Saturday and they brushed aside non-league Banbury as they pounced on mistakes made to bag their goals.

And it all added to what has already been an exciting season in cup competitions with Aston Villa - the Carabao Cup visitors to Holker Street in August - having donated their 45% gate receipt back to their hosts after they'd secured a 6-0 away win.

Former Forest Green boss Mark Cooper took over the vacant post at the end of May, and he was active almost immediately with a wave of new signings.

The dealings went on all the way up to deadline when Leeds parted with company with midfielders Robbie Gotts and Jordan Stevens. Both signed two-year deals.

The History:

When these sides met at Brunton Park in October 2020, it was the first coming together in the league for some 56 years.

And there was all sorts going on at the top of Division Four in April 1964 - in fact, things were so tight that five teams, Carlisle amongst them, were neck-and-neck for the right to take one of the four promotion spots, with the title also still up for grabs.

Things were a little bit more academic at the other end. A system of re-election was still in place, but the Bluebirds were doing everything they could to avoid bottom spot.

In the end Carlisle held their nerve, finishing second behind Gilingham despite having recorded a whopping 113 league goals.

Unfortunately a run of poor results, particularly at home, meant that Barrow did indeed pick up the dreaded wooden spoon.

This, of course, is the first game in front of fans since that season (with the 2020/21 campaign subject to lock-outs due to the pandemic).


It's been a sticky patch in the league for Barrow who have drawn three and lost two of their last five games. 

They started last month with a solid away win at Mansfield, but it's been furstrating for them more recently, particularly at home, as they've slowly slid into a mid-table position through their current run.

Averaging a goal a game through October, they'll be hoping that the four they netted against Banbury will provide a springboard through this crucial stage of the campaign.

who watch

There are plenty of familiar faces in the Barrow ranks and it will be nice to see Patrick Brough, Connor Brown, Jamie Devitt, Mark Ellis, Paul Farman, Mike Jones, Tom White and Ozzy Zanzala again.

I'm sure they'll understand that we'll be reserving our best wishes for the remainder of the season until after full time.

As for the one to watch, we've gone for the dangerous Ollie Banks. Most at home in a play-making central midfield role, he's bagged eight goals already this season (some from the spot, as the club's trusted penalty taker).

The 28-year-old has experience and ability, and is a real thorn in the side if he's given room to move. 


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  Carlisle wins Draws Barrow wins
League 23 17 18
FA Cup 1 0 3
Total 24 17 21

That historic first meeting in 56 years in October 2020 went the way of Carlisle as Jon Mellish gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes on the clock. Aaron Hayden was given his marching orders early in the second half, but the 10-men held on to claim the win.

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The return fixture at Holker Street in April 21 ended as a 2-2 draw. Jack Armer gave the visitors an early lead, but Scott Quigley and Patrick Brough had the hosts ahead before the break. Ozzy Zanzala levelled things up from the spot on 79 minutes.

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Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Moore
Fourth Official - Peter Wright
Observer - Barry Sygmuta

Martin Coy

Our referee for this fixture is Martin Coy.

Martin has been in charge of 12 games so far this season showing 28 yellow cards and one red.

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 0 - 0 Barrow

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

13 November 2021

United were back at Brunton Park for their derby-day meeting with Barrow on Saturday afternoon.

Right back Kelvin Mellor retained his place having scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday night, as did Tristan Abrahams who was partnered up front by Brad Young.  

A bright late Autumn sun meant the teams swapped ends after the toss, with the Blues kicking towards the Warwick.

United had their first chance with just 11 seconds on the clock when a ball forward was nodded down towards Clough. He volleyed on the bounce from 17-yards but Farman went long to palm it away.

Armer overlapped on the left flank when he combined with Abrahams in what was a fast-paced start, but his cross on the run was too close to the keeper.

Tenacity from Young saw him nip in front of Brown to keep the ball in when Mellish clipped it onwards, and Armer was there to help as the pair then won a corner. Farman punched the first delivery, and the second was hooked away by Platt.

United came again when Abrahams went past his man on the right. It was fed out to Armer, and his dipping cross was cleared as far as Clough. His effort was blocked, and the follow up from Guy whipped past the target.

Carlisle had defending to do when a deep cross spun awkwardly after Zanzala had challenged. McDonald nodded the second ball away, and the same defender stepped in as Stevens drifted another one into the mix.

Captain Ollie Banks was wild with a shot from distance after Brown and Stevens had wound their way to the corner flag for the away side, but the hosts broke and a backheel from Young meant that Clough could cross. Brough closed down quickly and the moment was gone.

Barrow had a good spell midway through the half and Jamie Jones could have scored when Brown swerved a testing cross into the area. Completely unmarked, dead central and just seven yards out, the forward somehow glanced it wide of the far post.

There was bad news for the Blues on the half hour when Zach Clough went to ground with a problem, and that brought Brennan Dickenson, fit again after a dead leg, onto the field.

The away side missed another good opportunity when a huge ball over the top from Farman found Zanzala on the sprint. With just Howard to beat he got his bearings wrong, and his close-range tap off the end of his toe took it into the advertising hoardings.

A twist from Gordon had McDonald worried as a low pass whipped through Armer's legs, but he kept his eye on it to shephered it away.

Abrahams was there again to cause problems in forward areas at the other end, and Dickenson took over when the ball came his way inside the box. His fierce grasscutter spun untouched across the face of the target.

Blue shirts stayed forward and Young got to a loose ball as Farman sprinted off is line. He lifted it over the advancing stopper but he was at an angle and it dropped into the side netting.

The first attack of the second period came from Barrow, with Gotts in charge of a deep free kick. Jones got to it first as it dropped from high, but his header zipped over the bar.

United had a corner at the other when Gibson sent a free kick to the far post, and Mellish was there to greet it. It came off a defender, and Gibson lurked to get onto the loose ball. His first-time shot struck Platt and spun away.

Armer, urged to shoot by the crowd, was on the end of a flowing move which saw the ball played across the back line before being fed back towards Abrahams. He let it roll but the left back got his bearings wrong from distance.

Wide man Brennan Dickenson then took a run down the right, and Jones was relieved to see his intervention spoon over his own bar as it took a nasty turn off his laces.

Gibson mishit two shots from distance as the Blues tried to build up a real head of steam, and Abrahams almost picked out Young when he stole a yard before delivering on the volley.

Platt powered a header over as the game remained in the balance, and there was a loud shout for a penalty at the other end when Abrahams was held back as he tried to get on the end of a Mellor cross. The referee showed no interest.

Crosses rained in from left and right as Gibson and Guy tried to pick out their men, and it was a good spell of possession which came to an end when Mellish rifled one high from 25-yards out.

United had the balance of power in terms of possession but there was more frustration for Dickenson when his punt from range curled away.

Carlisle thought they'd won it on 86 minutes when a ball into the area was contested by McDonald. It bounced up, hit Alessandra, and the big defender was there to thunder an unstoppable volley from the favourable ricochet past Farman. It struck the underside of the bar and bounced the wrong side of the line as far as the home side were concerned.

Barrow utilised their long throw in time added on, but it was well defended, with an infringement in the box ending any thoughts of a last gasp winner.

And there was half a sight for Fishburn at the other end when Mellor and Dickenson exchanged passes before sending it towards the penalty spot. The first touch from the young striker was followed by a hurried volley, and Farman gratefully gathered it in.


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Carlisle United - Guy (90)

Barrow - Gordon (61), Gotts (90), Brough (90)



Carlisle United - Howard, Mellor, McDonald, Whelan, Armer, Gibson (Charters 85), Mellish, Guy, Clough (Dickenson 30), Young (Alessandra 72), Abrahams (Fishburn 72). Subs - Simons (gk), Devine, Feeney.

Barrow - Farman, Brown (Hutton 80), Brough, Platt, Zanzala (James 84), Gordon (Kay 61), Jones, Gotts, Grayson, Banks (c), Stevens. Subs - Lillis (gk), Taylor, Ellis.


Match officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Moore
Fourth Official - Peter Wright
Observer - Barry Sygmuta


Attendance - 7,470 (1,629)


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