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PREVIEW: A look ahead to the Monday game

United head to Walsall on Monday

9 April 2023

Walsall v Carlisle United, Monday 10 April, kick off 3pm


Mid-table Walsall have had a tough run of results recently with just the one win from their last 17 games. Good Friday brought the disappointment of a 4-2 defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Rochdale from what was a tough encounter.

Their win over Gillingham in the middle of March was only their second league success of this calendar year. Their only other win in League Two was way back on New Year's Day when they beat Mansfield 2-1 at home.

There was good news last week when midfielder Isaac Hutchinson agreed a new contract with the League Two club to run until 2025. The 22-year-old has made 47 appearances since arriving from Derby lasy last summer, and has scored seven goals.

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The aforementioned Isaac Hutchinson has two goals from his last five outings, and he's a livewire inside the opposition half.

Assists and goals are his stated target, and he'll get his head down and run at the box if he's given thhe chance.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Walsall wins
League 19 20 22
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 2
Total 20 20 25

A Ryan Edmondson goal in the first half gave United a lead which they held onto until the final few minutes when these sides met at the Bescot later in November 2022 in FA Cup action. Late goals from Andy Williams and Douglas James-Taylor turned the tie on its head and dumped the Blues out of the competition.

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November's 2022 meeting at Brunton Park was by no means a classic, with the teams slugging their way to a 0-0 draw.

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The Good Friday April 2022 away game was a very tight game, and a goal on the strike of half-time from Jack Earing proved to be enough to keep the points in the Midlands.

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United nicked a late goal and all three points thanks to Tristan Abrahams at Brunton Park in November 2021. It could have gone either way, but it was the Blues who crept over the line.

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Carlisle rounded off the 2020/21 season with a home game against Walsall and it was a very tight 0-0 draw which brought the curtains down on the campaign.

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United were first-footers at the Bescot in January 2021 and they recorded a comfortable away win courtesy of goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode.

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Carlisle and Walsall met at the end of January in 2020 and they recorded a second consecutive 2-1 victory with Nick Anderton and Ryan Loft putting the hosts two goals to the good in the first half. Mat Sadler pegged one back, but United held on to claim the points.

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United were at the Bescot Stadium for the 2019 festive period - just two days before the turn of the year. Winger Nathan Thomas gave the Blues the lead just after the break, but the home side drew level when Elijah Adebayo netted with 20 minutes left to play. James Clarke was given his marching orders for a tug on Harry McKirdy, and the Cumbrians increased the pressure until they got their match winning strike.

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The April 2014 encounter at Brunton Park was a tense affair. It appeared that an early opening goal from Liam Noble was going to do the trick for the Cumbrians but Michael Ngoo struck late to make it a share of the spoils.

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We were at the Bescot in December 2013 earlier in that campaign and, having hit the woodwork and missed a penalty, the game was lost courtesy of strikes for the home side from Romaine Sawyers and Milan Lalkovic.

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Referee - Declan Bourne
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Parry
Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official - Darren Wilding
Observer - Christopher Sarginson

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Declan Bourne. 

He has been in charge of 24 games so far this season and has shown 89 yellows and eight reds.

We first met him in February 2021 for a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Forest Green. Gime Toure scored in the second half for the Blues, and Joe Riley and Rhys Bennett had their names taken on the night.

We also saw him in December 2021 for our 2-0 away win at Stevenage. Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals, Gibson from the spot, and Kelvin Mellor had his name taken.

He was our man in the middle for our 2-1 home win over Tranmere in November 2022. Jordan Gibson and Jayden Harris gave us a two-goal lead but there were nerves jangling when Neil Byrne got one back late in the day. United went on to win it and Jack Armer and Jayden Harris had their names taken.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Walsall 0 - 0 United

Report from the Monday afternoon away game

10 April 2023

United's Easter programme continued with the trip to Walsall on Monday afternoon.

Manager Paul Simpson went with an unchanged 18 following the impressive Good Friday home win and it was a performance full of energy and commitment that just fell short of producing all three points against a gritty Walsall outfit.

It was a terrible day for travel, with three separate M6 crashes hampering the Blue Army journey, but 1,086 of them made it to the Bescot to cheer on their team, with the away end once again looking packed and sounding splendid.

The game had very few clear-cut chances but Wilkinson flashed one wide within the first minute after he took touches before letting fly from just inside the area.

Carlisle started to look lively and a McCalmont delivery had Dennis interested. He threw himself at it, but it whipped past his outstretched toe.

Armer twice overlapped, with Mellish in support, but his centred balls were headed clear as the game remained tight.

Guy then fed Armer into an attacking area but his shot was scuffed and Evans dropped to scoop it up. A Moxon effort from an Armer throw suffered the same outcome when a slight deflection took the sting out of it.

There was more bad news on the injury front in the cursed right wing back position when Jack Ellis stayed down with just 20 minutes on the clock. A hamstring injury to the opposite leg to that which had ruled him out recently was diagnosed and Jordan Gibson was sent into the fray.

Walsall had their own run of half chances, with Holy on the dive to parry a Knowles free kick, but there was controversy at the other end when loud shouts for a penalty went unheeded.

Armer had angled his run to meet a Dennis cross that had been curled behind the back line and Knowles appeared to tug at an arm as the marauding wing back tumbled. There was exasperation for the blue contingent when it was later explained by the official that he felt there’d been no contact.

Striker Jamille Matt headed high as the second half ticked along, with neither side giving an inch, and Gibson sent a 25-yard free kick into the wall after he’d been chopped to the ground.

The Saddlers were reduced to 10-men on the hour when former Carlisle man Hayden White went in strongly on Armer, and Carlisle started to push men forward as they looked for their goal.

A quick throw was followed by a volley from Moxon that was blocked, and Armer’s cross after Gibson had expertly threaded him through suffered the same fate.

The corner count started to mount and Dennis flicked on at the front stick for Mellish to meet. Another lunge meant that the power was lacking from a downward header that Evans gathered.

Deliveries from left and right followed, with half-hearted shouts for handball included, but the red wall did its job to keep things at bay.

Into time added on and Gibson rifled one high as the pressure increased. Devitt had a flick deflected, Moxon popped a header into the keeper’s hands, and the midfielder also had a snapshot that whizzed the wrong side of the post.

The frustration was perhaps summed up with the final touch of time added on – the tenth, no less – when Ben Barclay bullied his way onto an Armer cross. Monthe got the slightest of touches and that was enough to cause the rasping header to go wide of the mark.



Walsall - Wilkinson 

Sent off - White 

Carlisle United - Armer, Patrick.



Walsall - Evans, White (c), Gordon, Monthe, McEntee, Kinsella, Comley, Knowles, Hutchinson (Labadie 64), Wilkinson (Williams 64), Matt (Riley 64). Subs - Maddox, Stevens, Low, Maher.

Carlisle United - Holy, Barclay, Huntington (c), Mellish, Ellis (Gibson 22), Armer, Guy (Edmondson 72), Moxon, McCalmont, Patrick (Devitt 72), Dennis. Subs - Kelly, Whelan, Robinson, Garner.


Match officials

Referee - Declan Bourne
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Parry
Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official - Darren Wilding
Observer - Christopher Sarginson


Attendance - 6,117 (1,086)

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