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PREVIEW: Walsall on Good Friday for the Blues

Away game to kick off the Easter weekend

13 April 2022

United's busy weekend of football kicks off with a trip down the M6 to Walsall.

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A run of three defeats prompted Walsall boss Michael Flynn to speak out earlier this week, as he expressed his frustration at their latest reverse at the hands of Rochdale.

Flynn, who took over in February, said: "I've been blunt with them, they're playing for their futures.

"It's true - and I don't mean at Walsall, I mean as professional footballers. Some might think, 'We might have a deal sorted elsewhere, we'll be fine'.

"But there's a lot of players out of contract and it's a tough, tough industry. I wouldn't like to be released with everything that's gone on with Covid and all the problems in the world.

"So it's a very sticky and risky game some of them are playing."

opposition

The Saddlers, like Carlisle, have won 12, drawn 11 and lost 18, and they currently sit 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

It's four games since they last won, with three consecutive losses the cause of the aforementioned frustration.

March had actually been a much better month, with five of the six games bringing positive results, but they'll still be looking for another three points at least to stave off that lingering threat of an end of season battle.

Veteran Lee Tomlin came in to bolster the squad at the end of February, and there'll definitely be a sense of looking for a reaction from the group heading into the Easter weekend.

who watch

George Miller has been coming off the bench recently but he's still the club's leading scorer, with 11 to his name, heading into the final five games.

Whether he gets half an hour or 90 minutes, he'll work the back line and he'll look for the gaps at every opportunity.

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Walsall wins
League 19 19 21
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 20 19 23

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

officials

Referee - Martin Woods
Assistant Referee 1 - Anthony Moore
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Cunliffe
Fourth Official - Tom Reeves
Observer - Brian Mullis
Coach - Edward Wolstenholme
Coach - Michael Jones

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Martin Woods.

He has taken charge of 11 games in the National League so far this season, and two in the earlier rounds of the FA Cup.

It's a welcome to the EFL for Martin.

tickets

We have been allocated an initial 300 seated tickets. Tickets are available on the day of the game with a £2 increase in price.

Please note - Walsall FC operate a cashless stadium.

Prices

Adult £20
Senior over 60 £16
Under 21 £15
Under 18 £10
*Under 18 family package £2

*Under 18 family package – for every adult ticket purchased, you can purchase a maximum of one under 18 ticket at the discounted price. The family package can only be purchased in person at Brunton Park or over the phone on 0330 0945 930.

Disabled info

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the relevant price category with the carer free of charge.

Parking

Cars are £5, mini buses are £6 and coaches are £12. 

Dates of sale

Date Time
Wed 13 Apr 10am – 4pm

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0330 094 5930 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 

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