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PREVIEW: Big game at the top of the table

One not to be missed

16 March 2023

Carlisle United v Stevenage, Saturday 18 March, kick off 3pm

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Substitute Jamie Reid came off the bench to grab the winner against Crewe on Tuesday night, and the three points took Stevenage back into second spot, two points above Carlisle.

It's now three wins and three defeats from the last six games for our weekend visitors, and they're another of the division's top scorers with 50 league goals to their name.

The decent league form was backed up by an FA Cup run that pitted them against Stoke in the fourth round. Reid also scored in that game to level things up, with 20 minutes left to go, but the Championship team rallied to net two before the final whistle was blown, and to bring the dream to an end.

Stevenage have been up with the pace setters for the bulk of the season and they'll be looking to finish it off in style, so this is building up to be a good one.

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Luke Norris was the one we opted for back in August, and little has changed.

He has 13 goals and two assists from 43 appearances, and is a big part of the success his team has enjoyed this term.

We know what he can do inside and outside the box, and he'll need to be looked after.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Stevenage wins
League 12 4 9
Total 12 4 9

Stevenage took the spoils at the Lamex in August 2022 with first half goals from Kane Smith and Max Clark. Kris Dennis got one back on the stroke of half time, but the hosts dug deep to see it through.

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 - Tom Reeves
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Cunliffe
Assistant Referee 2 - Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official - Darren Handley
Observer - Russell Tiffin

Our referee for this fixture is Tom Reeves. He's taken charge of 29 games so far this season showing 95 yellow cards and four reds.

He was the man in the middle for our September 2021 away game in Crawley, where a Jon Mellish equaliser wiped out the opener from Tom Nichols. Nick Tsaroulla nicked the points for the home team deep into time added on. Jack Armer's was the only name taken on the day.

We saw him in October 2022 for our 3-1 away win at Hartlepool. Alex Lacey gave the hosts a first half lead, but second half goals from Owen Moxon and Omari Patrick (2), secured a convincing away win. Callum Guy was the only visiting name taken on the day. 


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 0 Stevenage

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

18 March 2023

United went into their weekend home game against Stevenage looking to make it five wins in a row, but it was always going to be a tough encounter with both teams locked tightly together in the automatic promotion places.

Manager Paul Simpson went with a completely unchanged 18 with Joe Garner and Omari Patrick once again leading the line.

The crowd were up for it from the off and United had a chance with just 35 seconds on the clock after Garner had twice challenged successfully inside his own half. McCalmont asked for it and he released Armer on the overlap. The wing back stepped into the box, and his cut back found Moxon in support. A drilled shot struck a defender, and there were loud appeals for handball as it ricocheted off Sweeney. The referee waved play on.

Reid found himself in a pocket of space as Stevenage worked the ball forward well, but his effort from distance was tame and it struck the advertising boards in front of the Warwick Road End.

Tenacity from Garner earned a free kick 35-yards out when he was bundled to the ground, but the clearance eventually led to a visiting break. Holy raced out of his area to stop March from streaking clear, and he did enough to make it a difficult cross. Huntington completed the sweeping up.

Determination from Moxon saw him rob Sweeney on the touchline in front of the Paddock, and he spotted McCracken off his line as he went for the lob. The keeper back tracked to take it into his hands.

It was Guy who was next to close down with purpose and his block on an attempted clearance presented Armer with an opening. He let fly from distance and it wasn't too far away from finding the corner of the target.

A free kick from the halfway line from Moxon was met by Huntington as Carlisle kept chipping away, but the away defence did enough to get it clear. Moxon had a volley charged down, and the celebrations that followed when the ball was ushered over the line by Garner were cut short by an offside flag.

Lovely home football saw United carve their way through from inside their own half, with Mellish and Guy picking it up to start things off. Senior pulled wide, and he found Patrick, who whipped a beauty into the area. It was put behind by Sweeney before Garner could pounce.

The inswinging set piece from Moxon had to be tipped behind by McCracken, but it should have been a penalty when Huntington literally had his shirt ripped off his back by Sweeney. The officials missed it, and Feeney and Piergianni were booked for the afters that followed.

Stevenage were first to show after the break after a high ball forward bounced awkwardly. Norris and Reid shielded it, and Gilbey stepped into space. He put his laces through it from 19-yards but it was always going wide.

Carlisle responded with some patient stuff on the left flank. Armer, Mellish and Garner were involved, then the forward peeled away to get on the end of a Moxon flick. It was an awkward header and it sailed over the bar.

Gilbey flashed another volley wide as he met a huge punt forward, and a dangerous corner was crashed past the upright by Sweeney as he tried to spin on it to find the nets.

There was more consternation for the home contingent when a Moxon free kick from the right brought more tussling in the area, and an apparent handball that everybody called for. Yet again nothing was given.

United fashioned a great break on the hour when Garner trapped it for Moxon to spread the play. Senior rolled his pass along the line of the box and McCalmont let it go. It spun away for a corner, and Boro made sure they kept it away.

Sweeney hauled Edmondson to the ground after a looped pass forward from Guy set the striker clear, and there was an argument for a red card, with only a yellow given. Moxon placed the ball for the free kick, but the moment was lost as a training ground routine saw two efforts blocked.

Mellish was needed late in the day as Reid threatened to burst through, and his intervention was perfectly timed. That was the same for keeper Jon McCracken when he scampered out of his box to deal with a through ball that was intended for Dennis.

Moxon had one stopped in its tracks when he latched onto a spinning ball with just three minutes left to go, and Dennis clipped wide after Edmondson and Armer had linked up to try to make something happen.

Reid slammed a wild cross across the face of the goal for Boro as both teams looked to snatch late joy, and it was a share of the spoils as that clear cut chance evaded both sides.


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Carlisle United - Feeney (42), Mellish (53)

Stevenage - Piergianni (42), Sweeney (50), March (53)



Carlisle United - Holy, Feeney (c), Huntington, Mellish, Senior, Moxon, Guy, McCalmont (Gibson 76), Armer, Patrick (Dennis 65), Garner (Edmondson 65). Subs - Kelly (gk), Whelan, Robinson, Gordon.

Stevenage - McCracken, Clark, reeves, Piergianni (c), Sweeney, Taylor (Forster-Caskey 31), Norris, Smith, Gilbey, Reid, March (Bostwick 76). Subs - Przybek (gk), Wildin, Vancooten, Tomkinson, Rose.


Match officials

Referee - Tom Reeves
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Cunliffe
Assistant Referee 2 - Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official - Darren Handley
Observer - Russell Tiffin


Attendance - 8,029 (141)

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