Harrogate head to Brunton Park on Tuesday night as the busy run of home fixtures kicks in.
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Last season's away meetings with Harrogate were troubled, to say the least, with the first fixture abandoned with just 10 minutes on the clock as temperatures dipped and the surface became unstable.
The teams tried again, but a digger half a mile up the road scuppered the best laid plans when it chopped through a power line, plunging the stadium into darkness.
We got there eventually, and Tuesday is only the third time these teams have met. The game brings former Blue Paul Thirlwell back to Brunton Park. Striker Mark Beck is currently out on-loan at York City.
A run of four league games without a win through October caused frustration for the Sulphurites, but an FA Cup home win over Wrexham was followed by an impressive 3-1 away win at Walsall to get things well and truly back on track.
They played host to Salford at the weekend and goals either side of the break from Matty Lund and Jason Lowe meant they suffered a disappointing 2-0 home defeat.
Having stepped up from the National League last season, they've settled to life in the Football League and have found a real knack of scoring goals this term, and are currently the division's joint top scorers - along with Forest Green and Port Vale.
Importantly those goals are coming from all over the pitch, which suggests a style of play that encourages players to get forward.
Indeed the team's top five scorers in the league have 16 assists between them, so there'll be plenty in the way of threat.
Luke Armstrong enjoyed a steady season with Hartlepool last season as he bagged 15 goals to keep his side in touch with their promotion dream.
And he helped that dream become reality in the National League play-off final when he scored the goal to help his side to a 1-1 draw, extra time and ultimately a penalty shoot-out victory.
Snapped up by Simon Weaver during the summer, he has nine league goals to his name already, and is proving to be a real handful.
He's our midweek one to watch.
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It was a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park in April 2021. Josh Kayode scored in the second half for the Blues - Jack Muldoon had put the away side ahead early in the game.
Watch the highlights from that game here:
Harrogate currently hold the bragging rights courtesy of a Josh March penalty in the first half of the game in February 2020 which was enough to earn the Sulphurites their win.
Watch the highlights from that game here:
Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Gary Hilton
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg
Observer - Russell Tiffin
Our referee for this game is Mr Seb Stockbridge.
He has taken charge of 16 games this season showing 55 yellow cards and one red.
Brad Young notched a brace when United were victorious over an Everton U21 side in the Papa John's Trophy group stage at the end of September 2021. Gime Toure saw the only yellow card of the night.
April 2020 brought him to Holker Street for our 2-2 draw with Barrow. Jack Armer scored first - Scott Quigley and Patrick Brough gave the hosts the lead - but Ozzy Zanzala had the last say with the equalising goal. Jack Armer, Jon Mellish and George Tanner were booked for the Blues.
Mr Stockbridge was in Carlisle in November 2020 for the 3-2 win over Newport. Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish (2) scored the goals and Rod McDonald was the only Carlisle name noted.
And he was a late replacement in February 2021 for our 1-0 away defeat at Harrogate. The game just about survived a serious downpour, and George Tanner was the solitary booking on the night.
We had him for our 0-0 draw with Cambridge in November 2019 where Canice Carroll and Ryan Loft had their names entered into the bookings charts.
He was with us again in the 2019/20 season for our September 4-2 home loss at the hands of the Wolves under-21 side. Hallam Hope and Ryan Loft scored our goals and Canice Carroll received a yellow card.
The last time he was here prior to that was for our 2-0 home defeat against Morecambe in October 2018. There were no names taken on the afternoon but the game was lost by half time.
He was also with us in August 2018 for our 1-0 home victory over Crewe. Ashley Nadesan scored the winning goal, with 20 minutes left to play, and there were no United names taken on the day.
We saw him on three occasions during season 2017/18 – Danny Grainger [who also scored], Mike Jones, Mark Ellis and Jamie Devitt were all carded in our 1-1 draw with Luton in April.
Gary Liddle’s name was the only one written down as Kelvin Etuhu and John O’Sullivan scored the goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Chesterfield in February.
And Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy were the goal scorers as United stayed trouble free in their 2-0 Checkatrade victory over Morecambe.
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