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PREVIEW: We take a closer look at the Gills

Gillingham head north on Saturday

25 August 2022

Gillingham are heading all the way up from Kent to face the Blues this weekend.

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The Gills released nine players following their relegation from League One last season and immediately moved to rebuild the squad through the early part of the summer. 

Dagenham defender Will Wright was first through the door, with experienced midfielder Shaun Williams hot on his heels.

Another midfielder, Dominic Jeffries, arrived from Brentford and former Crewe striker Scott Kashket also made an entrance. 

Keeper Jake Turner headed south on his release from Newcastle, and Ipswich defender Elkan Baggott agreed a loan spell in Kent. 

Forward Mikael Mandron came in on a free transfer when he parted ways with Crewe, and Cheye Alexander and Jordan Green added to the influx of new faces.

Plymouth allowed full-back Ryan Law to go to the Priestfield for the duration of the season, and July ended with the captures of striker Lewis Walker and stopper Glenn Morris. 

The last of the activity to date was another loan agreement, this time with winger Hakeeb Adelakun from Norwich.

Life in League Two this time round started off with a 2-0 away defeat at Wimbledon for Gillingham, but they exacted revenge when they knocked the Dons out of the Carabao Cup the following the week.

That gave them a home game with Exeter in round two on Tuesday night, and that went all the way to penalties with the sides deadlocked at full-time.

Jake Turner was the hero when it went to sudden death, with all 10 spot kicks having hit the net. He made the save that allowed David Tutonda to seal progression.

A first win of the campaign came courtesy of a Scott Kashket strike early in the piece when they hosted Rochdale, but two defeats followed, against Tranmere (away) and Harrogate. 

Walsall took a point back up the M6 following a goalless draw last weekend, and that leaves the Gills in the bottom reaches of the division at this early stage. They'll be looking to solve the scoring crisis with no goal registered in the last 351 minutes of league action.

who watch

Striker Scott Kashket has the only league goal of Gillingham's season so far, so he's our one to watch. 

The 26-year-old was a member of the Wycombe squad that won promotion to the Championship in 2020, and featured for Crewe last term. 


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  Carlisle wins Draws Gillingham wins
FA Cup 1 1 0
League 15 10 21
League Cup 2 0 0
Total 18 11 21

These teams met in an FA Cup replay here at Brunton Park in December 2017 (Danny Grainger equalised from the spot in the away tie, after Luke O'Neill had registered early on). Hallam Hope bagged a brace, but Scott Wagstaff gave the visitors their own kind of hope just after the break. Shaun Miller came off the bench to secure the win with almost the last kick of the encounter.

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Our league meeting at Brunton Park in February 2014 went the way of the Gills, with Joe Piggott and Cody McDonald on the scoresheet. Leon Legge scored an own goal in time added, but that was too little too late for the Blues. 

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Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - David Avent
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

Marc Edwards

Our referee for this game is Marc Edwards.
Marc has taken charge of one game so far this season showing four yellow cards.
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.
We saw him on our own patch in March 2022 when he was in charge for our 2-0 victory over Rochdale. Omari Patrick netted before the break, and Tobi Sho-Silva rounded things off late in the day. Jack Armer and Jordan Gibson went in the book on the night.


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MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 0 Gills

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

27 August 2022

The Blues were back at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon for a home game against Gillingham.

And manager Paul Simpson made two changes to last weekend's Stevenage line-up with fit again Owen Moxon back into his regular midfield berth.

Experienced defender Paul Huntington was in at the heart of the back line for his first start after an impressive outing at the Lamex last weekend.

Jayden Harris moved to the bench, with Morgan Feeney also in the 18 following his absence with a heel problem.

The Gills won an early corner when Moxon put a cross from Tutonda behind, but that was dealt with at the back stick by Whelan and Mellish.

Good work from Dennis at the other end saw him return a flick from Back for the same player to cross. Patrick met it 10-yards out, but his header lacked conviction and it dropped well wide of the target.

Huntington had to jump to cut-out a clipped pass to Mandron inside the home box, with both sides looking to find a way through.

Dennis tried his luck from 30-yards on 15 minutes when he spun on a pass from the right flank. It had fizz, but it bent its way into the Waterworks End.

There was concern when Callum Guy stayed on the floor after a midfield challenge moments later, but he returned to the action after a brief period of treatment.

Huntington had to be on his toes to stop a low pass from Alexander from making its way to Mandron as the visitors worked the ball from left to right, and Holy plucked a shot from Baggott out of the air in what was a good spell from the Gills.

Moxon tried to get things going with a flighted ball over the top from the halfway line, and the initial touch from Dennis was exquisite. He went to drag it past the retereating Max Ehmer but it stuck on a stud and bobbled behind.

Tenacity from Gibson and Back turned possession over on the edge of the area and Patrick showed with his back to goal. A backheel sent it onwards to Dennis, but it was difficult to control and the move was closed down.

Another flighted clip over the top from O'Keefe caused Back to scamper, and he got just high enough to make meaningful contact. His retreating header looped past the angle of Holy's post and bar.

Dennis was superb again when he gathered a difficult pass out of the sky before spotting Gibson in space. The pull back invited a shot, but that was blocked. Back was there in support but he got his angles wrong on the delivery from wide and it settled on the roof of the net.

Alexander blazed wide as the clock ticked towards the break, after Green had drifted into space, and Tutonda put one straight at Holy after Mandron had fed it his way, with neither side on top at the end of the first 45 minutes.

A deft touch from Dennis sent Gibson on a run as the second half got under way, and his cross had to be put behind by Wright. The outswinger from Moxon was guided to safety.

Vision from Huntington sparked an excellent attack when he floated a wonderful pass to Back who was in space wide on the right. His cushioned header found Gibson, and an instant cut back was shepherded away. 

United came again with Back on the wriggle, and there were loud appeals for a penalty when the wing back was toppled by Tutonda, who somehow escaped a second yellow card. 

The delivery from Gibson was recycled, with Dennis nodding it into the deck, and Huntington's net-bound header was clawed off the line by Morris. 

The pressure was maintained with Armer ghosting in at the far post after a Gibson slider had been scuffed away from Patrick. He kept it low but a white shirt got there first.

Visiting boss Neil Harris clearly agreed that his left back was lucky to have survived an early bath, for that challenge on Back, when he replaced him with Law at the earliest opportunity.

But the increased United activity was made to count when Armer and Patrick combined to release Mellish, after Gibson had been on a mesmerising run. The wide man caused chaos, as did Jon Mellish as he bore down on goal before helping to bundle the ball over the line on the slide at a tight angle.

Holy dealt with crosses into the area as Gillingham misfired up front, and the big stopper was off his line smartly to take a neat pass away from Kashket as he looked to mark his arrival on the pitch with a goal.

Gibson and O'Keefe were booked for an altercation midway through the half, and Walker missed a great chance to level things up when a dipper came his way just 10-yards out. He tickled at the connection and it went well wide.

Armer and Feeney had to back each other up when Kashket crossed. It came off the left-back's instep and fell for his team mate to swipe upwards and long.

Carlisle had a late corner to defend deep into time added on, but they closed the door without even allowing a delivery to be made.

And they saw the clock down professionally to claim their clean sheet and their three points. 


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Carlisle United - Mellish (55)
Carlisle United - Gibson (70)
Gillingham - Tutonda (29), O'Keefe (70)
Carlisle United - Holy, Whelan (c), Huntington (Feeney 72), Mellish, Back, Gibson, Guy, Moxon (Hilton 77), Armer (Idehen 90), Dennis, Patrick (Harris 77). Subs - Kelly (gk), Devitt, Stretton.
Gillingham - Morris, Alexander (Kashket 64), Tutonda (Law 51), Wright, Ehmer, O'Keefe, Mandron (Walker 64), Reeves, Adelakun (MacDonald 77), Green, Baggott. Subs - Turner (gk), Lee, Carter.
Match officials
Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - David Avent
Observer - Eddie Ilderton
Attendance - 5,261 (237)

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