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PREVIEW: Back to action for the Blues

Home game for United at the weekend

12 January 2023

United are at home for the first time in 2023 when they host Newport County on Saturday afternoon.

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Newport have a man at the helm who manager Paul Simpson knows very well, having had Graham Coughlan as a player and his captain at Shrewsbury Town.

Coughlan took over in October and has already made the team hard to beat, with Newport notching up one win, four draws and just the one defeat on their last six outings.

Early transfer window activity saw loanees Hayden Lindley, Thierry Nevers and Chanka Zimba return to their parent clubs as the new boss looks to change direction and stamp his mark.

Midfielder Matty Dolan has gone on-loan to Hartlepool, with a view to a permanent move, and Walsall have snapped up experienced campaigner Robbie Willmott for the remainder of the campaign.

Incomings are expected to bolster the group.

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Big striker Omar Bogle has nine goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, with six of those having come from the first eight games of the season. 

He's a real handful in the area and looks to get on the end of anything that gets delivered, as well as dropping deep or wide to bring others into play.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Newport County wins
League 4 5 8
Total 4 5 8

Corey Whelan scored a late second half goal to level things up after Nathan Moriah-Welsh had put the home side in front at Rodney Parade in September 2021.

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Newport took the points away from Brunton Park in March 2022 as Mickey Demetriou and Finn Azzaz gave the visitors a two-goal cushion. Omari Patrick scored with ten minutes left to play to make things interesting, but the Exiles stood strong to take the spoils.

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The Blues were in South Wales in October 2021 for a very eventful 2-2 draw. Joe Riley opened the scoring inside the first minute, but Dom Telford turned the game on its head with a brace. Zach Clough levelled things up from the spot and the Exiles had two men sent off along the way.

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United were back at Rodney Parade in April 2021 and the teams battled it out for a point each in what was a tense 0-0 draw.

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These teams met in November 2020 with United breezing into a three-goal lead with goals from Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish (2). But it was to be a nervy ending as Jamie Devitt and Josh Sheehan bagged late strikes to keep things interesting.

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The March 2020 trip to Brunton Park for Newport was the last fixture to be played bfore the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed later that week.

United were ahead with just five minutes on the clock when Omari Patrick nodded the ball into the net. JJ Kayode doubled the lead from the spot, and the night got worse for the visitors when Ryan Innis was sent off on the stroke of half time.

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We were down in Newport in October 2019 when a last-minute goal from George Nurse condemned the Blues to an away defeat.

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Prior to that we came together at Rodney Parade in March 2019 and it turned out to be a day for the home side as Ade Azeez and Padraig Amond netted either side of the break to send the Blues home with nothing to show for their efforts.

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Our meeting with the Exiles in November 2018 looked comfortable as Jamie Devitt netted twice to give the Blues a two-goal cushion. Padraig Amond had something to say about that as he pulled the visitors right back into it just before the break. Dan Butler thought he'd earned his side a point with just three minutes left to play, but Danny Grainger bagged himself a goal of the month award and a victory for his team with almost the last kick of the game.

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Both of the 2017/18 season games were draws, with the December trip to Rodney Parade seeing the sides having to settle for a share of the spoils off the back of a 3-3 stalemate. Luke Joyce sparked a much better second half for United when he scored from very close range immediately after the break, but it was nip and tuck and strikes from Tom Miller and Kelvin Etuhu were needed to make sure Carlisle had something to show for their efforts.

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The 17/18 league season ended when these two came together in May right here on our own patch. Mark Ellis put us ahead with less than a quarter of an hour gone, but Padraig Amond restored parity just before the break, and that was just about that as the teams played their way to full time and a well earned summer break.

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Referee - Martin Woods
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - David Avent
Fourth Official - Ivan Stankovic
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Martin Woods.

He has taken charge of 18 games so far this season and has shown 64 yellow cards and four reds.

We saw him at Walsall on Good Friday in 2022 and it was the Saddlers who won that one courtesy of a goal on the stroke of half time. Dynel Simeu was the only Carlisle name to be taken that day.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 0 Exiles

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

14 January 2023

United were back at Brunton Park following their enforced winter mini-break and new signings John Kymani-Gordon, Alfie McCalmont and Jack Robinson were straight into the match day squad.

Forward Gordon, a Friday loan arrival from Crystal Palace, was handed his debut with McCalmont and Robinson on the bench.

That meant just the one change from the Doncaster eleven - Gordon in for the departed Jack Stretton - with the remainder as it was.

It was blustery, and United had the wind at their backs as they kicked towards the Waterworks in the first half.

The Exiles were gifted a chance inside the first minute when Holy hesitated with a clearance. It was charged own, and Zanzala took over with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, 18-yards out. Collins asked for it and there was relief as his rushed toe poke found the side netting.

A huge throw from Demetriou on eight minutes had to be dealt with, and Feeney did well to jump highest and get first contact. Holy mopped things up.

The wind made it difficult for the hosts, and Adam Lewis hung one up from wide for Evans to contest. He made the header but it was always too high.

Demetriou launched another throw after a lengthy quiet period, and he was there to send the ball back into the mix when Huntington cleared. Evans tried to direct it at the target on the leap but he was once again wayward.

A burst down the left flank from Evans opened things up as he cut inside, and Zanzala was there once again to help out. The striker had a heavy first touch but he managed to let one go from a tight angle. Holy palmed it behind.

Carlisle went on a break with a quick release from the stopper after the corner had broken down, and Moxon did well to wriggle through two challenges. A raking crossfield pass found Dennis, but he didn't quite get the touch right and the clearance was completed.

Holy earned the Cumbrians a corner with a teaser of a free kick from inside his own half, and there were appeals for holding as both Huntington and Feeney were pinned to the spot when Moxon's delivery spun and dipped. The referee showed no interest.

United had a decent spell on 35 minuts as they penned the visitors in with some accurate passing. Moxon invited Guy to shoot as gaps started to appear, with a dribbled pass, but that was blocked. Senior then tried to weave a way through, and Gibson ducked out wide just in case it came his way. It did, and a whisked centred ball was glanced by Mellish, but he couldn't find the purchase it needed.

Armer, Mellish and Gordon then worked in a tight group, with the latter looking for a measured through ball for Dennis to chase. Day was off his line to get in the way.

United's first shot on target of the half came in time added on for the period, and it resulted in a goal when a swirling high ball inside the box, after Gibson had pulled wide to give Owen Moxon an option, simply wasn't dealt with. A backward defensive header added to the confusion, and it was danger man Kris Dennis who made it count with the deftest of touches off his toe that took it over the line via the inside of the post. That was goal number 15 of the season for him.

Senior was there to stop Evans from going through at the start of the second half with a very timely challenge, and United showed guile of their own when a clearance from Holy was nodded on by Gordon. Mellish took over, and his cross on the run had to be put behind.

The inswinging corner from Moxon was met by Huntington, and he turned to ask half a quetion of the man with the whistle when his header struck an arm before being gathered by Day. Once again the officials turned away.

It became a dream debut for John-Kymani Gordon just before the hour when he moved intelligently after Senior had swept the ball out of the home half. Dennis, took it out of the air, then fed it to meet the run. The teenager kept his cool as he checked, sprinted and finished in style right in front of the Warwick.

Feeney had to stretch to meet a Moxon set piece as the Blues looked to add to their tally, but it spooned off his crown and the net were untroubled.

Omari Patrick returned for his first appearance since the Hartlepool away game at the beginning of October when he replaced Gordon with 25 minutes left to go, and he was involved immediately as he dummied when Gibson and Armer linked up. 

Another corner was the product of that move, and Huntington found himself unmarked at the back stick when it ripped all the way through. It stuck under his feet and his volley was stifled.

There was a lovely sharp move with Patrick and Guy keeping it on the ground to slice their way through, but Moxon miscued from the edge of the area when the time to shoot came.

A rare away chance saw Norman trick his way past Mellish and Armer, but he went for power from a tight angle and his effort sailed over the bar.

Newport could have been back in it on 77 minutes when Collins sent a wicked, drilled free kick across the face of goal. Farquharson lunged but it skimmed his forehead and edged wide of the upright.

There were suddenly chances at both ends as Evans tried his luck from range. It was close, but Holy was happy to watch it hitt he advertising boards.

Carlisle then carved their way through when Moxon waited for Patrick to get onside. The through ball set the forward on his way, and his cute pass eventually found its way to Armer. Day stood tall and saved with his legs just as the 5,500 strong home contingent readied themselves to celebrate.

Gibson hit the post with a cheeky chipped shot late in the day, after he'd taken a pass from Moxon and dropped a shoulder, and Adam Lewis did the same with a thundering header from just six-yards out after he'd arrived late as Newport again looked to spark a rally.

It didn't come, and the hosts claimed their points and clean sheet after another very strong display in difficult weather conditions.


Match Sponsor - AP&J Brown
Associate Sponsor - Stanwix Holiday Park
Associate Sponsor - CK Steel & Cladding
Match Ball Sponsor - Carlisle Car Parking
Match Ball Sponsor - SH Electrical



Carlisle United - Dennis (45), Gordon (57)



Carlisle United - Huntington (24), Guy (74)

Newport County - Moriah-Welsh (80)



Carlisle United - Holy, Feeney (c), Huntington, Mellish, Senior, Moxon, Guy, Gibson (McCalmont 87), Armer, Dennis (Sho-Silva 87), Gordon (Patrick 66). Subs - Kelly (gk), Whelan, Devitt, Robinson.

Newport County - Day, Norman, Drysdale, Farquharson, Zanzala, Collins (Aaron Lewis 84), Moriah-Welsh (Waite 84), Wildig, Adam Lewis, Demetriou (c) (Bogle 60), Evans. Subs - Townsend (gk), Bowen, Clarke, Bright.


Match officials

Referee - Martin Woods
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - David Avent
Fourth Official - Ivan Stankovic
Observer - Eddie Ilderton


Attendance - 5,603 (168)


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