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PREVIEW: Looking ahead to the Crawley game

Another tough game for the Blues

23 February 2023

Crawley Town v Carlisle United, Saturday 25 February, kick off 3pm


Just the one win from the last nine league games has seen the Red Devils drop into the relegation zone at this important stage of the season. 

Crucially they have games in hand over all of their closest rivals, but form will need to change soon if they're to avoid an end-of-season nail-biting session.

Six victories from 29 games is at the heart of the current struggles, with a heavy tally of 47 goals against also a problem.

Behind the scenes it's fair to say there's been a fair amount of turmoil, with Kevin Betsy sacked as early as the beginning of October, with the club stuck at the bottom of League Two at that point.

Lewis Young took over on what turned out to be a temporary basis, with the surprise appointment of Matthew Etherington confirmed at the end of November.

Just 32 days later Etherington moved on, and Swindon Town's head coach Scott Lindsey became the third permanent coach of the season when he was appointed on 11 January.

He took his time to weigh up his squad, but Swindon midfielder Ben Gladwin became his first signing at the end of January. 

Deadline day brought a flurry of incoming activity as undisclosed fees brought Mansfield full-back Kellan Gordon and Woking midfielder Jack Roles into the club.

Keeper Ryan Schofield joined on-loan from Huddersfield, as did midfielder Jack Spong from Brighton.

who watch

Striker Dom Telford has nine goals from 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and he's one that is always a threat.

He joined the Red Devils in the summer and hit his best form through the festive period, with three goals in two outings.

He's powerful, and he knows where the goal is, so he gets our nod as the one to watch. 


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  Carlisle wins Draws Crawley wins
League 11 7 3
Total 11 7 3

A goal from Kris Dennis with just five minutes on the clock was enough to earn the Blues an opening day win over Crawley at Brunton Park in July 2022. 

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Ash Nadesan scored before the half hour when the Red Devils came to Brunton Park in January 2021, and the Blues had to remain patient as they kept knocking on a seemingly closed door. Lewis Alessandra raised the roof with a late, late equaliser.

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United were in Crawley in September 2021 and the hosts took a lead into the break thanks to Tom Nichols. Jon Mellish equalised with just seven minutes to go, but Nick Tsaroulla netted a last-ditch winner with seconds left on the clock.

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March 2021 brought Crawley to Brunton Park once again and they were put to the sword by goals from Joe Riley and Omari Patrick.

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United's trip to Crawley in November 2020 proved to be productive as a goal just before the break from Rhys Bennett provided a springboard. Josh Kayode and Aaron Hayden made it 3-0, and a bad day became worse for the Red Devils when David Sesay received late marching orders.

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These sides came together down in Crawley just before the lockdown, in February 2020. It was a tight, tense, 0-0 draw, with both teams missing chances to snatch it.

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Prior to that the Red Devils headed to Brunton Park for the opening game of the 2019/20 season. Harry McKirdy opened the scoring with just six minutes on the clock, but the Reds were back on terms just 10 minutes later when Beryly Lubala pounced. The lead was restored just before half time by Stefan Scougall, and that's how it stayed with the hosts holding on to take the three points. A feisty encounter saw Luke Young sent off in time added on.

Watch the highlights from that game here: 

Carlisle United 4 – 2 Crawley Town, 27 April 2019

Crawley Town 2 – 3 Carlisle United, 22 December 2018

Carlisle United 2 – 2 Crawley Town, 17 March 2018

Crawley Town 0 – 1 Carlisle United, 30 September 2017


Referee: Paul Howard
Assistant 1: Dean Treleaven
Assistant 2: Scott Williams
Fourth Official: Paul Johnson

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Paul Howard. Paul has taken charge of 15 games so far this season and has shown 34 yellow cards and three reds.

He was our man in the middle for our meeting with Cambridge at the Abbey Stadium in September 2020. The hosts won 3-0 and yellow cards were shown to Callum Guy, Jon Mellish, Omari Patrick and Gime Toure.

We also saw him for our 0-0 away draw with Port Vale in Augist 2021. Brennan Dickenson and Tristan Abrahams were booked that night.


Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the ticket cabin which accepts cash and card. There will be no increase in price. Match day ticket collections will be from the collections window in the grey portacabin.


  Seating  Terrace
Adult  £17 £15
Senior 60+ £12 £10
Student with valid ID £12 £10
Young adult 16 - 20 £5 £5
Young person 12 -15 £4 £4
Young person 12 - 15 when purchased with an adult, senior or student FOC FOC
Under 12 only with a paying adult ticket FOC FOC

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge.

Wheelchair users need to contact Crawley Town directly on 01293 410000.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Thu 23 Feb 10am – 4pm

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the main ticket office at the designated time. Sales on home match days are from the west side ticket office. 
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 0330 0945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE.


If you wish to purchase bus travel you can organise this by calling CUSAT on 07563 700 987.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Crawley 2 - 5 United

Report from the weekend away game

25 February 2023

It was the long trip south of London to Crawley for the Blues on Saturday afternoon.

There was just one change from the home victory over Colchester last weekend with Joel Senior in for Jack Ellis.

There was good pressure from the away team early in the day as the ball was rattled forward to Garner. He swept a pass towards Senior, and a hurried backpass was quickly cleared. Carlisle stayed forward with Senior on the overlap, and his delivery was put behind. The corner was half cleared and Guy's return pass was marshalled away.

Neat football on the right flank saw Garner and Patrick keep it in a tight spot, and Senior was once again the outlet. His cross was put behind. Garner met the Moxon inswinger at the front post but it looped high and dropped wide.

Lovely football on the halfway line from Patrick and Moxon saw them come away from two red shirts with the ball at their feet. McCalmont took over, and he fed it on the ground towards Garner. The striker had space to exploit, which he did, but he lost his footing just as he shaped to strike. 

Crawley showed on nine minutes with space and time on the left. Fellows dropped a shoulder, and a deflected pass invited Kellan Gordon to volley. Holy pulled it into his chest.

A sliced connection from Guy in the home half suddenly sparked an attack as Nadesan was left to run clear. He angled for the box, but Mellish did enough to get in the way. The corner was nodded wide by Roles.

Dominant United took the lead on 15 minutes with some fantastic play from Mellish tight by the touchline. He controlled a difficult ball, stepped foward and sent a beauty of a delivery into the box. Joel Senior thundered his way into the area to get there with a diving header, and he left the keeper with no chance as power and accuracy sent it into the top corner.

The lead was doubled five minutes later with a passage of devastating play. The Blues took control in the middle of the park and Patrick pulled off a shoulder to offer an option. Moxon slid it through, and the forward kept his effort low as he drilled it under the helpless keeper. 

Guy was excellent inside his own box as he twice blocked, with the Red Devils trying to make a mark, and that provided a springboard for United's third of the afternoon.

It was all about Owen Moxon, as he danced into the box, skipped past challenge after challenge, and then clipped it over Schofield with his left boot. The visiting fans behind the goals literally couldn't believe their eyes.

There was more intricate stuff from Patrick and McCalmont as they exchanged clips off their boots, and the resulting corner from Armer was nodded just the wrong side of the upright by Huntington.

Patrick was then just as close when he arrowed another run into the box. He kept it low, but it shaved the woodwork on its way behind.

Goal number four came from a teaser of a free kick after Garner had been felled. Moxon dropped it towards the back stick and skipper Morgan Feeney stabbed it home at the second attempt.

Garner overturned possession right at the start of the second period and his run forward eventually earned a free kick when he was felled 28-yards out. Moxon went for it, but it dipped over the bar.

But it was Crawley who gave themselves hope after a quickly taken throw put Powell into the box. His shot was blocked by Feeney, but it ricocheted out for Tsaroulla to hit. He miscued, but substitute Aramide Oteh was there to divert it over the line.

A run of corners for the Blues saw Garner get on the end of one of them, and an acrobatic save from Schofield put it over the bar. It was sent back in and Huntington thought he'd scored wwith a deft header until the keeper stopped it on the line. Mellish stuck a boot out to finish it off.

Patrick was clean through as Carlisle broke with pace again, and he dropped a shoulder to look for the top corner as he reached the edge of the box. The stopper was relieved to see it go wide.

A misplaced backpass from Conroy gave Patrick another chance to open his legs, and he found McCalmont, who was up in support. A great tackle from Lynch spared more home blushes.

Tenacity from Dennis saw him ride a tackle to get himself into the area as United once again forged through. Schofield stayed big and he was able to parry with both hands.

Carlisle had late defending to do, but there seemed to be an away shirt in the right place at the right time whenever it was needed.

The predatory Dom Telford added a second for the hosts with four minutes left to play, when he connected at close range after an initial effort from Powell had been smothered, but the ruthless Cumbrians were left to celebrate a comfortable win in front of over 500 travelling supporters.

They almost had a sixth to add to the tally in time added on, when Gordon showed strength to get away with the ball. He lost his footing on the poor surface when he tried to angle it at the bottom corner.



Crawley Town - Oteh (59), Telford (86)

Carlisle United - Senior (15), Patrick (20), Moxon (26), Feeney (38), Mellish (57)



Crawley Town - Moxon (66)

Carlisle United - Telford (60)



Crawley Town - K Gordon, Conroy, Lynch, Powell (Mason 90), Nadesan, Francillette (Oteh 29), Telford (c), Tsaroulla, Roles (Khaleel 58), Fellows. Subs - Addai (gk), Ransom, Spong, Ogungbo.

Carlisle United - Holy, Feeney (c), Huntington, Mellish, Senior (Whelan 82), McCalmont (Gibson 74), Guy, Moxon (Harris 74), Armer, Patrick (JK Gordon 66), Garner (Dennis 66). Subs - Kelly (gk), Robinson.


Match officials

Referee: Paul Howard
Assistant 1: Dean Treleaven
Assistant 2: Scott Williams
Fourth Official: Paul Johnson


Attendance - 2,970 (504)

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