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PREVIEW: A second away trip of the week

United head to Stevenage at the weekend

18 August 2022

United are off down the A1 on their travels once again this weekend.


Stevenage boss Steve Evans warned when he took over in March that changes were afoot and he was true to his word as he released 15 players and put another four on the transfer list with the club having finished in 21st place at the end of last season.

The period between the middle of May and the middle of June was unsurprisingly extremely busy, with defender Carl Piergianni, midfielder Michael Bostwick and keeper Aaron Chapman the first to come through the door.

Forward Danny Rose arrived following his release from Northampton, and midfielder Dean Campbell joined on-loan from Aberdeen.

Max Clark turned down a new contract offer at Rochdale to make the move to Stevenage, and former Motherwell winger Jordan Roberts arrived on a permanent agreement the same day.

Defender Dan Sweeney came in from promoted Forest Green, and a further loan deal followed as the squad continued to be replenished. Fulham keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond was the loanee, with Boreham Wood defender Kane Smith making it a double announcement when he drove up the road to pen a contract.

Signing number 11 was teenager Saxon Earley, in for the season from Norwich.

Two league wins from two was a perfect start for Boro - Tranmere were put to the sword on their own patch and Stockport felled at home - and a late strike from Rose secured a deserved victory in the Carabao Cup away at Reading. A home tie against Peterborough awaits on Tuesday.

Currently in fourth spot, a very late Danny Rose goal secured a 1-1 away point at Walsall last Saturday, and a first-half header from Piergianni got them back to winning ways with a 1-0 success against Rochdale at the Lamex on Tuesday night.

Like United, that leaves them unbeaten so far this term.

who watch

Starting or off the bench, Danny Rose is a real threat.

He's got two already this season, and he has a knack of ghosting into areas completey unannounced. 

We tend to choose him, so why buck the trend!


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  Carlisle wins Draws Stevenage wins
League 12 4 8
Total 12 4 8

United won 2-1 when these teams met in Cumbria in April 2022 with second half goals from Joe Riley and Lewis Alessandra providing a cushion. Luke Norris bagged from the spot, but it was too little too late.

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Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals at the Lamex in December 2021 that gave the Blues a comfortable away victory.

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A red card for Rod McDonald on 18 minutes put United on the back foot as Tom Pett, Luke Norris and Arthur Read made the one-man advantage when these teams met in March 2021. Brennan Dickenson scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn't quite enough to make a difference.

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December 2020 brought a convincing home victory for United with goals from Nick Anderton, Josh Kayode, Lewis Alessandra and Joe riley making up the 4-0 win. Luke Prosser was sent off with 15 minutes left to play to compound the misery for the visitors.

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The only meeting of these teams in the Covid hit 2019/20 season was in September, where a brace from Harry McKirdy and a goal from Nathan Thomas were enough to cancel out a double strike from Kurtis Guthrie.

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We were also down in Stevenage in April 2019, and it was one to forget for United as Iontton and a brace from Guthrie deflated the travelling crowd.

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The Boro picked up where they had left off the previous season when they came north in September 2018. Carlisle were made to pay for early missed chances when Ben Kennedy scored a beauty after the break, and there was more disappointment when an Adam Campbell header crashed against the post late in the day.

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Our visit to the Lamex in January 2018 was a tight affair but it was United who created the better of the chances, with Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt both going close from first half free kicks. Sam Cosgrove could have wrapped things up when he was played clean through but, in the end, neither side could find a way to break the deadlock.

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It was another tough one for the Blues almost exactly two years ago when early second half goals from Kennedy and Tom Pett put Boro in cruise control as they saw their way through to a comfortable three points.

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Referee - Craig Hicks
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Kelly
Assistant Referee 2 - Andy Bennett
Fourth Official - Stephen Brown
Observer - Brian Curson

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Craig Hicks. Craig has been in charge of three games so far this season and has shown 11 yellow cards and one red.

Craig was at Forest Green in January 2022 when we lost 3-0. A Morgan Feeney own-goal was compounded by second-half strikes from Matt Stevens and Jamille Matt, and Callum Guy and Jack Armer went in the book on the day.

We first met at Colchester in December 2019. The U's won 3-0 (Nat Knight-Percival scored an unfortunate own goal) and Gethin Jones and Stefan Scougall had their names taken.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Stevenage 2 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

20 August 2022

It was a much sunnier climate that greeted the Blues on their weekend trip to Stevenage following the drama of Tuesday night's rained off affair in Grimsby.

There was one change to the midweek starters, with Jayden Harris in for his first league start for Jamie Devitt, and new arrival Duncan Idehen was straight onto the bench.

An early chance was fashioned in the opening minute by the hosts when a long throw was flicked into the box. It came back to Read, via Guy, but his shot was deflected by the midfielder. The resulting corner dipped into the box but Holy was comfortable as it came off Ellis's boot and into his hands.

Boro came again on six minutes when Smith and Norris worked their way down the right flank. The cut back found Read on the edge of the box, and he went for it with a curler of an effort. Holy was beaten, but it struck the base of the post and rebounded to Norris. The offside flag went up as he struck the ball.

United carved a way through at the other end when a weak clearance from Vancooten was snaffled up by Dennis. He slid Patrick through, and there were loud appeals for a penalty as Vancooten lunged into the forward. That was ignored, and Armer was disappointed when he flashed the loose ball over the target.

An unlucky ricochet as Armer and Whelan tried to clear their lines presented Smith with an unexpected opening in what was a bright start from the home team. He curled one with the outside of his boot but it was always going high.

And there was more luck that went Boro's way on 16 minutes when Smith volleyed as a high ball was nodded out of the box by Mellish. It took two deflections on its way past the stranded stopper and into the bottom corner.

Good work from Mellish and Harris stretched the home back line with 22 minutes on the clock, and Patrick curved his run to make a gap. His shot had power but Ashby-Hammond gathered it in.

Stevenage surged forward on the break, and Ellis guided a delivery from Roberts away to safety. The corner found Sweeney on the move, but he couldn't implement any kind of control and the shot went wide.

Lively movement from Patrick saw him beat the offside trap to bear down on goal as the Blues looked to find the spark in their play. He was pushed wide, and his toe poke was charged down as he looked to find a finish.

Holy was right behind a Rose header on the half-hour after Clark had clipped one into the mix, and Norris blazed over from 14-yards as Stevenage came again with another move down the left wing.

Carlisle had a spell of possession in the home half ahead of the break, with Gibson heavily involved, but Ashby-Hammond was off his line to clutch the whipped inswinger from Armer as he popped it in after the ball had been shifted from right to left.

The lead was doubled ahead of the break when Smith skipped past a tackle before whisking it low and hard behind the reversing back line. Max Clark was well advanced and he thumped his close-range volley into the waiting net.

The Cumbrians gave themselves a ladder back into the game in time added on when Gibson showed real skill with a feint followed by a beauty of a cross. Kristian Dennis equalled Alan Ashman's record of scoring a goal in each of his first five games of the season with a pinpoint header.

Patrick and Dennis combined right from the kick-off with the latter bursting through to cross the through ball from a tight angle. The keeper went low to parry it away. Whelan met the corner that followed on the full but his header flashed just wide of the post.

Norris was close at the other end when he muscled his way onto a high hooked ball that bounced awkwardly inside the area. His first attempt was blocked by Holy and Mellish dealt with the second.

Right-back Fin Back started a move when he wrestled the ball away from Clark on the halfway line. A raking pass was intercepted just before Patrick could make it his, but Armer followed up by sending it long. Back was at the rear stick to pop it across the face of goal, but it was just too far in front of the forwards.

United had defending to do on 55 minutes when Roberts went past Ellis. Norris called for it but Mellish and Whelan got in the way. It spun to Smith, but Armer was on his toes to make a vital touch, and Guy was able to mop things up with a smashed clearance.

The mobile Jordan Gibson was instrumental in earning his side a corner when he linked up with Whelan, and his delivery brought a second penalty appeal of the day when Harris went crashing to the floor. Guy didn't wait for a decision as he chested it before shooting through bodies. It was too close to Ashby-Hammond.

Dennis sent one into the stands from distance as the Blues kept plugging away, and manager Paul Simpson decided to shake things up with the introduction of Paul Huntington, for his club debut, and Jack Stretton. Huntington was immediately involved with a great block from Reid as he let fly.

Defender Duncan Idehen was on for his first appearance with 20 minutes to play, and that took Mellish into midfield as part of the reshuffle.

Gibson was a whisker away from an equaliser after Mellish had been fouled 24-yards out. His thumping free kick was going in until Ashby-Hammond threw himself at it. A fingertip was enough to take it past the post.

Vision from Dennis brought a volleyed crossfield pass that found Armer on the left flank as the away team continued to sit high. He stepped inside a challenge, onto his right foot, and kept his grasscutter on target. The keeper was once more equal to it.

Holy saved from Reid late in the day, after Taylor had fed it to his fellow substitute, and Taylor rattled a skipping volley wide when he latched onto a clearance from Idehen.

Boro saw added time through to the frustration of the travelling support, who had seen their team lose a league game for the first time this season.



Stevenage - Smith (16), Clark (42)

Carlisle United - Dennis (45)



Stevenage - Norris (89), Ashby-Hammond (90)

Carlisle United - Harris (69)



Stevenage - Ashby-Hammond, Clark, Reeves, Piergianni, Sweeney, Norris (Bostwick 90), Roberts (Taylor 76), Smith, Vancooten, Read (Campbell 76), Rose (Reid 59). Subs - Chapman (gk), James-Wildin, Earley.

Carlisle United - Holy, Ellis (Huntington 66), Whelan (c), Mellish, Back, Harris (Idehen 72), Guy, Gibson, Armer (Hilton 89), Patrick (Stretton 66), Dennis. Subs - Kelly (gk), Bollado, Devitt.


Match officials

Referee - Craig Hicks
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Kelly
Assistant Referee 2 - Andy Bennett
Fourth Official - Stephen Brown
Observer - Brian Curson


Attendance - 2,514 (331)

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