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PREVIEW: United host Salford on Saturday

Back to league action for the Blues

2 September 2021

Match Previews

PREVIEW: United host Salford on Saturday

Back to league action for the Blues

2 September 2021

Salford City are the visitors for our first game of the month on Saturday.

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July and August were busy for Salford, with former Rochdale midfielder Matty Lund and ex-Oldham striker Conor McAleny the first to come through the door.

Keepers Tom King and Zach Jeacock came in from Newport and Birmingham, the latter on a season-long loan, and midfielder Matty Willock completed a successful trial spell when he signed a one-year contract, having just left Gillingham.

Villa winger Tyreik Wright was another who agreed a loan spell, as did Ipswich defender Corrie Ndaba. Another big defender, Andy Smith, came in on a similar deal from Hull just before the transfer window closed at the beginning of the week.


It was a slower than expected start to the season for the Ammies as they had to wait until last Saturday for their first win.

That was courtesy of a blistering start against Newport at the Peninsular Stadium with Tyriek Wright, Conor McAleny and Ian Henderson putting the hosts three goals to the good within the first half hour.

The victory came after defeats at the hands of Crawley and Swindon (away and home respectively) with the first two games of the new campaign having been drawn. That was 0-0 with Orient and 1-1 with Sutton.

Tuesday night brought a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Oldham in the Papa John's Trophy group stages, so they'll be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

who watch

I know we pick him every time but it still has to be Ian Henderson. His experience is invaluable, whether he comes off the bench or starts, and his eye for goal is keen.

He'll work the front line and bring others into play, and his energy will keep the home side busy. And two goals already this season suggests that he's up and running once again.


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Carlisle wins


Salford wins









These teams have met on just three occasions, having lost one of the games at the Peninsular Stadium to the 2020 pandemic.

It was 1-1 in Salford in February 2021 with George Tanner opening the scoring for the away side with just 11 minutes on the clock. James Wilson equalised on 79 minutes to make sure the spoils were shared.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We hosted the Ammies in December 2020 with strikes from Lewis Alessandra and Rhys Bennett putting the Blues two goals to the good. D'Ishon Bernard hit back late in the day but it was too little too late the Cumbrians took the points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The first meeting of these clubs was in August 2019, when the newly-promoted outfit came north for our first ever meeting. An early lead for the Blues from an Olufela Olomola goal was turned on its head as Salford's Emmanuel Dieseruvwe and Danny Whitehead scored in quick succession to put the visitors ahead as half-time approached. Stefan Scougall completed the scoring moments before the break, and that was it for the day as it ended all-square at 2-2.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch
Fourth Official - Andrew Miller
Observer - Jeff Ward

Martin Coy

Our referee for this fixture is Martin Coy.

Martin has taken charge of six games so far this season showing 11 yellow cards and one red.

We saw him at Bolton in April 2021 where a first half goal from Eoin Doyle was enough to secure a home win, depsite United dominating much of the play. Joe Riley was the only Carlisle name to be taken.

He was with us in January 2021 for a 1-0 home win over Exeter. Lewis Alessandra scored the goal, and Nick Anderton was the only booking on the day.

The December trip to Harrogate turned into an interesting evening as dipping temperatures sent an already struggling pitch over the edge. Just eight minutes into the game, and with the hosts a goal to the good, Mr Coy deemed that the surface had become too dangerous and United's first ever trip to Wetherby Road was cut short with the match abandoned due to safety reasons.

He was at Brunton Park in October 2020 for the 3-2 home win over Colchester where goals from Lewi Alessandra and Jon Mellish gave us a two-goal cushion. The U's pegged us back with strikes either side of the break, but Aaron Hayden sealed a deserved win with a late goal. Callum Guy, Jon Mellish and Joe Riley were booked on the afternoon.

We also had him for our 3-0 home defeat against Plymouth in January 2020. Aaron Hayden was sent off in the final minute of that fixture as tensions ran high. 

Prior to that he was here for the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale back in November 2019.

Ryan Loft put us ahead with just one minute on the clock, but second half goals from Worrall and Cullen took the points the way of the hosts. Loft and Canice Carroll had their names taken on the day.

We saw him twice in the 2018/19 season, with our first meeting for the home defeat against Grimsby in October. The goal came in the first half from Luke Hendrie, but there were no United names entered into the book.

He was back here a month later for the 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Stoke City under-21s. Jack Sowerby scored the goal and Gary Liddle was shown a yellow card. 

He was with us three times during the 2017/18 season, with his first visit up north coming in August 2017 for our 3-0 home victory over Cheltenham. Tom Miller and Reggie Lambe added to a fifth minute own goal from Harry Pell, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle booking on the day.

We saw him again for our November Checkatrade Trophy group game against Fleetwood, where a certain Jack Sowerby opened the scoring on the night. Wes Burns doubled the lead just before half time, and a late Shaun Miller goal did little to affect the outcome as the visitors took the win come full time. Tom Miller and Jamie Devitt received yellow cards that night.

His last trip to Brunton Park during that campaign was for our 2-2 draw with Crawley in March. Richie Bennett and Hallam Hope appeared to have done the job with goals to give us a 2-0 lead, but the Red Devils recovered and claimed their point courtesy of a brace from Kalen Grant. United names taken were Clint Hill, Hallam Hope and Tom Parkes.


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