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PREVIEW: United host Salford on Saturday

Back to league action for the Blues

2 September 2021

Salford City are the visitors for our first game of the month on Saturday.

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July and August were busy for Salford, with former Rochdale midfielder Matty Lund and ex-Oldham striker Conor McAleny the first to come through the door.

Keepers Tom King and Zach Jeacock came in from Newport and Birmingham, the latter on a season-long loan, and midfielder Matty Willock completed a successful trial spell when he signed a one-year contract, having just left Gillingham.

Villa winger Tyreik Wright was another who agreed a loan spell, as did Ipswich defender Corrie Ndaba. Another big defender, Andy Smith, came in on a similar deal from Hull just before the transfer window closed at the beginning of the week.

opposition

It was a slower than expected start to the season for the Ammies as they had to wait until last Saturday for their first win.

That was courtesy of a blistering start against Newport at the Peninsular Stadium with Tyriek Wright, Conor McAleny and Ian Henderson putting the hosts three goals to the good within the first half hour.

The victory came after defeats at the hands of Crawley and Swindon (away and home respectively) with the first two games of the new campaign having been drawn. That was 0-0 with Orient and 1-1 with Sutton.

Tuesday night brought a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Oldham in the Papa John's Trophy group stages, so they'll be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

who watch

I know we pick him every time but it still has to be Ian Henderson. His experience is invaluable, whether he comes off the bench or starts, and his eye for goal is keen.

He'll work the front line and bring others into play, and his energy will keep the home side busy. And two goals already this season suggests that he's up and running once again.

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Carlisle wins

Draws

Salford wins

League

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These teams have met on just three occasions, having lost one of the games at the Peninsular Stadium to the 2020 pandemic.

It was 1-1 in Salford in February 2021 with George Tanner opening the scoring for the away side with just 11 minutes on the clock. James Wilson equalised on 79 minutes to make sure the spoils were shared.

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We hosted the Ammies in December 2020 with strikes from Lewis Alessandra and Rhys Bennett putting the Blues two goals to the good. D'Ishon Bernard hit back late in the day but it was too little too late the Cumbrians took the points.

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The first meeting of these clubs was in August 2019, when the newly-promoted outfit came north for our first ever meeting. An early lead for the Blues from an Olufela Olomola goal was turned on its head as Salford's Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Danny Whitehead scored in quick succession to put the visitors ahead as half-time approached. Stefan Scougall completed the scoring moments before the break, and that was it for the day as it ended all-square at 2-2.

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officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch
Fourth Official - Andrew Miller
Observer - Jeff Ward

Martin Coy

Our referee for this fixture is Martin Coy.

Martin has taken charge of six games so far this season showing 11 yellow cards and one red.

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 2 - 1 Salford

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

4 September 2021

United welcomed in September with their second home game of the week - Salford City were the visitors on this occasion.

Right back Kelvin Mellor, captured from Morecambe ahead of deadline day, made his first start for the club with fellow new arrival Jordan Gibson taking a seat on the bench. 

The opening five minutes saw both sides jockey for position and Norman was needed when Morris broke through from deep. Asante picked him out with a slick through ball and the midfielder found power as he twisted his body. The big keeper had closed the gap and he made an excellent block-save at close range.

United were almost through at the other end when Dickenson took control of a high ball with his toe. He fed it onwards to Clough but a heavy touch took the shooting opportunity away.

Carlisle came again and they were in the lead with their next move when Riley launched a long throw into the mix. Mellor tussled for it, and it broke free for Dickenson to volley from just inside the area. Jeacock could do nothing as it hit the inside of the post and crossed the line.

Home tails were up and another corner at the Waterworks End saw Armer lose his man. A touch on his shoulder forced him to spin as he jumped to meet it and he could only head it wide.

Mellor was next to reveal that he has a long throw in his armoury when he arrowed one towards the penalty spot from the right flank. It was cleared, but it was one heck of a missile.

The Ammies went close on 15 minutes when Shephard strode forward. He played it inside, and Morris was once again on the move. He caught it well but Mellor was there to deflect it past the target.

Henderson then nodded over when the deep corner was recycled, in what was a good spell for the visitors.

Norman was at his best again when he showed excellent anticipation to stop Lund from scoring when he screamed in to get on the end of a touch from Asante at the back stick.

But an error from the golovesman almost unexpectedly opened the door when a hurried kick went straight to McAleny, who was on the angle of the area. He bore down on goal, but the stopper redeemed himself with a touch from his boot. Asante ran onto the loose pieces but he lost his balance and poked a poor effort well wide.

Zach Clough had the ball in the net on 29 minutes, but his run had started from an offside position, with the referee having to blow his whistle to signal the offence as his assistant waited and waited before raising the flag.

More good work from Mellor over on the right saw him step inside before clipping a pass to Mellish. He turned and shot in one movement but it was straight at Jeacock.

A break from a long kick forward from the black shirts found Asante with a glanced header, and that allowed Henderson to run free. He slowed things down as he waited for McAleny to appear, but his attempt at finding him had too much oomph and the ball bobbled harmlessly away.

United were on the attack just before half time when a low pass from Armer from deep inside his own half put Abrahams one-on-one with Jeacock. The ball spun and slowed down as the striker tried to get it under his control and his shot missed the power it needed as he tried to take it early.

The Ammies were on terms on 44 minutes when Morris chose to shoot as the ball came his way on the right hand angle of the area. It stayed low and somehow found its way past the dive from the keeper, and it nestled just inside the bottom corner.

The first 45 minutes came to a close with a run across the face of the area from Dickenson. He rolled it into the box, and it was begging to be touched. Touray was first to make contact and Ndaba completed the clearance.

A burst of pace and a delightful delivery from Dickenson was part of a bright second period start from United but it fell between Clough and Abrahams as they split their runs.

McAleny headed wide when Shephard swung one in, with the game ticking it over at a cautious pace, and winger Jordan Gibson was introduced to the home crowd when he replaced Clough with 35 minutes left to play.

Captain Callum Guy had McDonald interested when he popped a deep free kick into the box, but Salford were able to clear after the ball stuck under a visiting defensive boot.

Gibson crossed when he found space moments later and it skipped off the surface to evade Turnbull. Dickenson was on it, but it broke down and the blue shirts had to come again. The outlet was Dickenson as he yet again found the gaps, and his whipped delivery was just an inch too far in front of the onrushing Abrahams.

Riley found another great throw that piled more pressure on, with both Mellor and McDonald getting touches. It was temporarily hooked away, but Carlisle had flooded the box and Abrahams did well as he took it on his chest when it was rattled back at him by McDonald, who had initially taken a pass from Guy. Jon Mellish was there to drill the loose ball home emphatically and to open his account for the campaign.

The quality of crosses from Dickenson was high, and an outswinger just needed a touch as it bent behind Abrahams.

United thought they'd scored on 71 minutes when a Guy corner found its way to Gibson. He was 17-yards out, at an angle, and he kept his effort low after he'd dropped his shoulder. Jeacock saw it late, and it spilled invitingly inside the six-yard area. A defender got there just in time.

Callum Guy showed real determination to intercept then win a corner after running from the halfway line, and his delivery was nodded back by Whelan after it had been cleared. Mellor went for an elaborate overhead kick and it landed on the roof of the net.

A slick Cumbrian move saw flicks from Dickenson and Alessandra release Mellish, and his cut-back was there for Alessandra to hit. He had to overstretch and Jeacock dropped low to claim it.

Salford had a brief flurry with crosses from left and right, but Dickenson eased the pressure when he stepped away before sending the ball down the line. Alessandra was onto it, and he turned his man before picking out the run from Riley. The midfielder had to readjust and his finish was wayward.

Another break from Alessandra put the Blues three against one late in the day, and he bounced it off Gibson as the pair looked for a way through. The striker got it back, and he was unlucky to see his shot hit a leg and spin past the upright.

Kelvin Mellor was superb as the covering defender on 90 minutes, when he remained calm when dealing with a  teaser of a long pass, and that sprung another pounce forward, with Alessandra on the end of it. He lost his man but his shot was scuffed.

Elliott headed over from a quickly taken corner routine in time added on but the Blues were good for their three points as the final whistle blew.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Dickenson (8), Mellish (60)

Salford City - Morris (44)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Abrahams (29), Clough (37), Guy (84)

Salford City - Turnbull (39), Lowe (70)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Norman, Mellor, Whelan, McDonald, Armer, Riley, Guy, Mellish, Clough (Gibson 55), Abrahams (Alessandra 74), Dickenson (Mampala 83). Subs - Jensen, Charters, Feeney, Young.

Salford City - Jeacock, Touray, Lowe, Ndaba, Lund (Willock 82), Morris, Turnbull, McAleny, Shephard (Elliott 79), Asante (Hunter 61), Henderson (c). Subs - Torrance (gk), Mellor, Smith, Nmai.

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Match officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch
Fourth Official - Andrew Miller
Observer - Jeff Ward

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Attendance - 4,761 (172)

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