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PREVIEW: A look ahead to the visit of Walsall

A closer inspection of this weekend's visitors

10 November 2022

Walsall saddle up and head north this weekend.

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Mid-table Walsall head up the M6 on a decent run of form having won their last three matches. An impressive away victory at Wycombe in the FA Cup last Saturday - courtesy of goals from Jacob Maddox and Isaac Hutchinson - came off the back of consecutive home wins over Harrogate and Rochdale. 

That cup joy got them a second round home game against ... oh yeah ... us! That'll be played at the end of this month.

The Saddlers won their first away game of the season, down in Newport, but that is their only success on the road in league action to date this term.

They embarked on a worrying run of 12 games in all competitions without a win not long after that but, with players returning and the squad bolstered, much better results have followed.

The world of football was watching closely and keeping their fingers crossed for good news earlier this season after defender Liam Gordon suffered a foot injury in training, just weeks after joining the club from Bolton.

The Guyana international suffered what manager Michael Flynn described as 'a bizarre injury' when he fell over and damaged a muscle in his foot.

"We thought he was going to have to retire, then there was talk of him losing his foot," Flynn explained. "It's been a long road back for him and we were all delighted when he made his debut against Cheltenham."

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Forward Danny Johnson has 11 goals from 22 appearances having exploded out of the blocks with six from his first five games this season.

That included a hat-trick in an opening day 4-0 home win over Hartlepool, a fine way to introduce himself following his summer move from Mansfield.

A real handful he'll need to be marked closely this weekend.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Walsall wins
League 19 19 22
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 20 19 24

The Good Friday April 2022 away game was a very tight game, and a goal on the strike of half-time from Jack Earing proved to be enough to keep the points in the Midlands.

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United nicked a late goal and all three points thanks to Tristan Abrahams at Brunton Park in November 2021. It could have gone either way, but it was the Blues who crept over the line.

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Carlisle rounded off the 2020/21 season with a home game against Walsall and it was a very tight 0-0 draw which brought the curtains down on the campaign.

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United were first-footers at the Bescot in January 2021 and they recorded a comfortable away win courtesy of goals from Omari Patrick and Josh Kayode.

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Carlisle and Walsall met at the end of January in 2020 and they recorded a second consecutive 2-1 victory with Nick Anderton and Ryan Loft putting the hosts two goals to the good in the first half. Mat Sadler pegged one back, but United held on to claim the points.

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United were at the Bescot Stadium for the 2019 festive period - just two days before the turn of the year. Winger Nathan Thomas gave the Blues the lead just after the break, but the home side drew level when Elijah Adebayo netted with 20 minutes left to play. James Clarke was given his marching orders for a tug on Harry McKirdy, and the Cumbrians increased the pressure until they got their match winning strike.

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The April 2014 encounter at Brunton Park was a tense affair. It appeared that an early opening goal from Liam Noble was going to do the trick for the Cumbrians but Michael Ngoo struck late to make it a share of the spoils.

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We were at the Bescot in December 2013 earlier in that campaign and, having hit the woodwork and missed a penalty, the game was lost courtesy of strikes for the home side from Romaine Sawyers and Milan Lalkovic.

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Referee - Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie
Observer - Jeff Ward

The referee for this game is Mr Ollie Yates. He has been in charge of 16 games so far this season showing 74 yellow cards and one red.

He was at Brunton Park for the 0-0 home draw with Harltepool in January 2022. Jordan Gibson was our only booking on the day.

We saw him at Northampton in October 2021 when a Paul Lewis hat-trick sunk the Blues. It ended 3-0 to the home side, and Jack Armer and Callum Guy went in the book for the Blues.

He was at Brunton Park in March 2021 for our 3-1 home win over Bradford. Rhys Bennett (2) and Ozzy Zanzala scored the goals, and it was a busy day of bookings with Lewis Alessandra, Paul Farman, Jon Mellish and Zanzala all having their names taken.

Mr Yates was also in charge for our November 2020 trip to Hayes & Yeading for our FA Cup first round encounter. Jon Mellish netted twice in the depths of extra time to take it to a penalty shoot-out, with Gav Reilly bagging the decisive spot kick. Dean Furman and Omari Patrick picked up yellow cards.

He was at Brunton Park back in October 2016 for the visit of Crawley. Jabo Ibehre, Jason Kennedy and Luke Joyce scored our goals in a 3-1 victory, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle player to be booked on the day.

We then met him at Cambridge in September 2018 when we ran out as 2-1 winners at the Abbey. Richie Bennett and Ash Nadesan netted for us, and Adam Campbell was the solitary booking handed out during the 90 minutes.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 0 - 0 Saddlers

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

12 November 2022

The run of Saturday home games continued for the Blues as in-form Walsall came to Brunton Park.

Manager Paul Simpson made two changes to his side from Tuesday's away draw at Harrogate, with Jon Mellish, back from suspension, in for Corey Whelan in defence.

Jordan Gibson also got the nod to start up front with Kristian Dennis having struggled with a tight calf through the second part of the week. The good news was that Dennis was on the bench.

Striker Jack Stretton was also amongst the substitutes with his ankle problem hopefully now a thing of the past.

United kicked towards the Warwick, into bright sunshine, and there was a half chance for Walsall in the second minute when they tried to utilise the glare with a lumped ball forward. It bounced awkwardly, Johnson took a touch, but he was at a tight angle and his shot lacked power.

Strong work from Charters saw him shrug White off the ball before sliding it into the channel at the other end. Armer crossed early but White had recovered and he made the clearance.

There was good football from the Blues when Mellish trapped a spinning ball inside the opposition half. He surged forward, then poked it out to Armer. An intelligent reverse pass went back to Mellish, and he won a corner with his early delivery.

Moxon put that on the keeper, and the punch from Evans fell invitingly for Guy, 20-yards out. He set himself for a pildedriver, but Monthe somehow got a boot to the goalbound stinger. Huntington kept it alive, and Armer's stab on the turn was deflected just wide of the target.

Another testing corner brought appeals for a penalty as both Edmondson and Mellish were grappled, and Evans was grateful as a header from Armer fell into his arms.

Guy had his shooting boots on and he was deep again as Moxon, Charters and Mellish carved a path. He kept it low when it eventually feel in front of him, but it struck a defending thigh as it dramatically changed course.

A foul on Maddocks by Charters gave the Saddlers an opportunity to go for it 28-yards out, but Knowles could only find the wall and the moment was gone. 

United came with a patient build-up just past the half hour after Edmondson had shielded it. Mellish and Armer worked the angles with the latter able to swipe it deep. Back arrived at the far post with a downward header and Evans had to scamper backwards to tip it over the bar.

Walsall rallied and a run from Bennett saw him clip it in from wide. Feeney made the clearance with a diving header. A long throw resulted in a mini-scramble, but Monthe was off balance and his mishit arrowed at the corner flag.

The Saddlers were awarded another foul in a dangerous area, this time off to the right, but Moxon was on hand to head it behind to safety. Holy was impeded as the set piece came in and he placed it for a free kick.

There was controversy on 40 minutes when Jack Armer was pushed to the floor by Bennett as he ran clean through following a spree of one-touch passing. The referee showed no interest at all, despite there being a clear case of a hand on the back.

United had the chance of the half in time added on when Moxon charged a clearance down. Gibson was suddenly in a very advanced position, and he used the time he had well to produce a neat pull back. Charters saw it, and he raced forward with the goal at his mercy. He tried to place it in the roof of the net but he got too much on it and it sped an inch too high.

The second period took a while to get going, with a hint of a chance for the Cumbrians when Gibson pulled wide. Back then Guy curled balls in, but it wouldn't quite drop.

There was a brief moment of concern when Walsall bent a free kick from wide into the mix. White and Monthe challenged but it fell wide of the post.

Johnson was the recipient after a couple of 50:50 challenges went the way of the visitors, and he took matters into his own hands with a blistering effort from distance. Holy tipped it over his bar.

The teams cancelled each other out for the most part, with Maddocks summing up the tightness of the encounter when he chose to have go as he was pushed wider and wider. Suffice to say it sailed off into the setting sun.

A corner from Moxon on 70 minutes whisked past everybody and Evans was relieved to see it skip up off the surface and behind for a goal kick.

Carlisle were nearly undone when Evans rolled the ball out to Monthe. His ball up the line found Hutchinson, and he was able to send it into the area. Huntington held his ground to see the danger clear.

Holy had to palm a free kick from Comley away from the top corner, and United broke from the set piece with a neat pass forward from Gibson. Edmondson backheeled for Mellish to run on, and his cross was deflected. 

Moxon found another good corner inswinging corner, and a flick from Edmondson was chested off the line by Maddocks.

It felt like it was going to come down to one moment of magic, or a horrible mistake, and Feeney tried to supply it with a volley off his own touch with just three minutes left to play. Dennis had sparked the attack with a lovely ball forward, Stretton kept it going through his industry, but it ws lashed over the bar.

Maddocks pulled a grasscutter into the Warwick as he searched for late glory, and Bennett went for it from a similar distance, only to see it rise harmlessly.

Huntington headed into the advertising hoardings deep into time added on, when a flighted set piece came his way, and that proved to be the last chance of the day as the referee bizarrely blew for time just as Walsall shaped to take a free kick.


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Carlisle United - Holy, Feeney (c), Huntington, Mellish, Back, Guy, Moxon, Armer, Gibson (Stretton 80), Edmondson, Charters (Dennis 67). Subs - Kelly, Sho-Silva, Whelan, Ellis, Harris.

Walsall -Evans, White, Gordon, Daniels (c), Monthe, Knowles (Earing 72), Comley, Maddocks, Hutchinson, Bennett, Johnson (Williams 78). Subs - James-Taylor, McEntee, Cashman, Allen, Maher.


Match officials

Referee - Ollie Yates
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie
Observer - Jeff Ward


Attendance - 5,493 (317)

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