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PREVIEW: Exeter away on Saturday

United head down the M5 this weekend

18 November 2021

United make the long trip to face the in-form Grecians at the weekend, with both sides looking for the points for their own reasons.


  Carlisle wins Draws Exeter wins
League 20 17 26
Cup 0 1 1
Total 20 18 27

These two sides have had some great meetings in recent seasons, with Tuesday and Thursday night camel treks for both clubs thrown in along the way for good measure.

Exeter hold the bragging rights in terms of league wins, with 27 to United's 20, but the Blues have been known to be stubborn on their away trips to St James Park.


Manager Matt Taylor heaped praise on his players after they set a new club record of 18 games unbeaten with a 2-1 home win over Oldham on Saturday.

The weekend win was also a new club record of 14 league games without defeat, with their last reverse in League Two back in August when they were beaten 3-0 by Leyton Orient.

Speaking to the press after the game, Taylor said: "It can't be underestimated what a fantastic achievement this is for this group of players.

"I'm sure they'll have that record for a little bit of time and they'll go down in the history books."

The run coincides with confirmation from the club that they made a profit of £2.9m in the year to 30 June 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

That was helped by a whopping 4.94m in transfer income over the 12-month reporting period. The £28m move of Ollie Watkins from Brentford to Aston Villa in September 2020 earned a reported £4m, with more add-ons expected in the very near future.

Exeter were in midweek action in an FA Cup first-round replay meeting with Bradford on Tuesday. The sides had drawn 1-1 at Valley Parade, and it was all-square after 90 minutes on Tuesday with the Bantams having smacked the bar just before the final whistle.

They were to rue that miss as a brace from Matt Jay was complemented by a neat finish from Nigel Atangana saw the home side take the win.

But hold on! A faux pas over substitutions means that all of that counts for nothing, with a replay now on the cards - and the teams will have it all to do again.

On to Saturday and they're looking to make it five league wins on the spin, with Tuesday's efforts taking their current run to 19 unbeaten in all competitions (pending deletion of the Tuesday result).

who watch

Club captain Matt Jay is currently League Two's joint top scorer with 10 - and he's on one heck of a run with a goal in each of his last six league appearances. 

That has been backed up by another in the Papa John's Trophy, and a double on the FA Cup (unless those goals are expunged), giving him a total of 13 overall.

He's mobile, and he likes to get in the box, and his confidence level will be sky high, to say the least.

He's probably the most obvious pick for a one to watch we've had so far this season.


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Lewis Alessandra scored with just nine minutes on the clock when these teams came together in January 2021. That was the only goal of what turned out to be a very tight game - with United emerging from a horrible period of Covid and weather related postponements at the time.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United were down in Exeter in October 2020 when a goal from former Blue Tom Parkes was enough to claim the home win. Gime Toure was sent off midway through the second half for the Blues.

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Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, these teams locked horns just once during the 2019/20 campaign. That was in September 2019 where late goals from Aaron Martin and Nicky Law cancelled out Olufela Olomola's earlier equaliser, after Lee Martin had opened the scoring.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that, it was another Brunton Park meeting in February 2019, when a bright start from the Grecians brought a stunning goal from Nicky Law. His initial effort from a free kick struck the wall, but he reacted smartly to volley the rebound into the bottom corner. Carlisle pushed and pushed for an equaliser, and they eventually got the reward they deserved when Devitt smashed an unstoppable set piece into the top corner.

The first game of the 2018/19 season took us to Exeter for an encounter which was played out in blistering heat. Early goals for the hosts from Nicky Law and Jonathan Forte set the Blues on the back foot, but Richie Bennett glanced a header into the net before the break to keep the Cumbrians in the hunt. There were chances to level it in the second period but Tristan Abrahams scored late in the day to make sure Exeter took the points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Prior to that we were in Exeter once again towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign. It was a 1-1- draw, and Ashley Nadesan scored the Carlisle goal in what was a very keenly fought game.

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Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Flynn
Assistant Referee 2 - Louis Marks
Fourth Official - Christopher Wade
Observer - Roger Vaughan

Mr Finnie has taken charge of 16 games so far this season and has shown 28 yellow cards and one red.

Now in his third season on the EFL books this is only the second time Mr Finnie has been in charge of a Carlisle fixture.

He was the man in the middle for our 2-0 away defeat at Cheltenham in August 2019, where Gav Reilly and Luke Varney scored the goals for the hosts. Jack Iredale, Nathan Thomas and Stefan Scougall had their names taken on the day.


Prices - Seating:

  Pre-sale Match day 
Adult £25 £26
Senior 65+ £22 £23
18-23 £22 £23
Under 18 £12 £13


  Pre-sale Match day
Adult £19 £20
Senior 65+ £16 £17
18-23 £16 £17
Under 18 £7 £8

Babes in Arms – Exeter City’s Babes in Arms policy relates to children aged 4 and under who do not require a seat. As such, any child 0-4 yrs old will not require a ticket to enter the match.   

Disabled info

There are three pairs of wheelchair tickets in the away end. Prices are charged at the seating concessionary rate with the carer going free of charge. Please contact Exeter City directly for tickets on 01392 411 243 (option 2) or email

Dates of sale

Date Time
Wed 17 Nov 10am – 5pm
Thu 18 Nov  10am – 4pm


Methods of purchase:

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.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Exeter 2 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

20 November 2021

United were back on the road for their latest League Two fixture with a long trip to face in-form Exeter City at St James Park.

There were two changes from the last league game, with Danny Devine and Brennan Dickenson in for the suspended Callum Guy and the recovering Zach Clough.

Lewi Alessandra was missing with a knock picked up during training, and Joe Riley also didn't travel as he continued with his rehab programme.

United attacked from the kick off with Abrahams and Dickenson linking for Armer to cross. That was cleared as Gibson tried to make a near post run to meet it.

A burst from midfield from Dickenson took him into space and he had Abrahams to help beside him. The striker dropped a shoulder to shoot, but it took a deflection and spun away for a corner. Gibson delivered that, but it was swept away from the front stick as Abrahams tussled. Dickenson volleyed the loose ball but it ripped high over the bar.

It was a good start from the visitors and Young spun on a touch from Dickenson before setting Abrahams free. Another low, drilled 18-yard effort was diverted behind to safety.

Carlisle kept the pressure on and Gibson caused problems when he took a deflected clearance out of the sky on his toe. He jinked and crossed low, but Hartridge lunged to get in the way.

The Grecians got forward with intent on 18 minutes with a cross from Daniel that had to be dealt with by Armer. He did well to nod it as he came under the close attentions of Brown. Key did the same from the other flank, but Howard was off his line smartly to pluck it out of the air.

It was better from the hosts and they came again when Nombe pulled wide before before bringing Brown into play. He got his head down and went for the shot as he reached the edge of the area and Howard had to dive to make the save.

An excellent twist from Dickenson at the other end saw him open things up after a throw from Armer came his way. Dawson dived out to parry and Dieng completed the clearance.

The lively Abrahams was suddenly in space once again as the blue shirts pressed high, and he rattled a low attempt towards the back stick. Dawson got down to get his hands to it and to prevent the goal.

United broke in numbers on 36 minutes when Devine recovered to make an interception in the centre cricle. Dickenson pushed on, and he fed it for Abrahams to cross. The keeper was beaten, but Coley did enough to prevent an easy opportunity from developing.

Armer had to be replaced by Charters before the break, as he struggled to shake off a knock picked up earlier in the game, and the young Cumbrian slotted straight in to cover the left back position.

He was immediately in action when Brown worked his way towards the corner flag. A pull back was set for Dieng to strike and he caught it with power as it fizzed through bodies. Howard did well to watch it and claim it.

Carlisle were reduced to 10-men with 43 minutes on the clock when Mellish went in for a challenge with Collins. The referee deemed it to be dangerous and he ordered the midfielder from the pitch.

Exeter had the first foray of the second period when they sent men forward in support of Jay. Howard came out of the box to clear, but Brown was there to claim the second ball. He floated it towards the far post but the keeper confidently gathered.

The blue shirts had to sit deeper than they would have liked, as they dropped Dickenson into the left back role and moved Charters into the middle of the park, and a cross from Key skipped off the surface before pinging around in front of the nets. It was eventually hooked away.

Daniel then whisked one in from the left, but a timely touch from McDonald took it away from Nombe.

Carlisle were undone on the hour when a low ball from the left wing somehow made its way through a ruck of bodies. Nombe couldn't believe his luck as he was left to touch it into the bottom corner from close range.

The away side looked for a response and Gibson covered ground with a sprint from deep. He fed it onwards for Abrahams to strike but it was a tght angle and Dawson was able to punch it behind. Gibson's corner came to Dickenson, but the 26-yard shot angled right at the stopper.

Dickenson then tried his luck with a 30-yard free kick, after Gibson had been toppled, but it lacked power and Dawson calmly watched it in.

United had defending to do as Sweeney saw plenty of the ball, and twice McDonald tracked runners to clean things up as dangerous balls whisked into the box.

Exeter doubled their advantage with 10 minutes left to play when possession was overturned in midfield. Substitute Jake Caprice streaked away with it and he thundered a stinging drive from a difficult angle into the back of the net under the dive from Howard.

Carlisle got themselves a lifeline on 84 minutes when Dickenson was left in acres of space. His cross was magnificent, and it was matched by an emphatic close-range volley from Gibson which left Dawson with no chance.

Both sides had half chances as the clock ticked down, and Carlisle thought they were about to pounce again when a long throw from Dickenson was headed high by Grounds. Dawson was stranded, but the downward header from Feeney hit a red wall and the moment was gone.



Exeter City - Nombe (59), Caprice (80)

Carlisle United - Gibson (84)



Carlisle United - Howard (60)

Mellish sent off (43)



Exeter City - Dawson, Jay, Collins, Nombe (Amond 81), Key, Dieng, Brown, Daniel (Grounds 54), Sweeney, Coley (Caprice 75), Hartridge. Subs - Brown (gk), Ray, Kite, Edwards.

Carlisle United - Howard, Mellor, McDonald, Whelan (c), Armer (Charters 37), Gibson, Mellish, Devine, Dickenson, Abrahams (Fishburn 81), Young (Feeney 56). Subs - Simons (gk), Dinzeyi, Clough, Mampala.


Match officials

Referee - Will Finnie
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Flynn
Assistant Referee 2 - Louis Marks
Fourth Official - Christopher Wade
Observer - Roger Vaughan


Attendance - 4,796 - (155)

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