PREVIEW: Gillingham

Gillingham are heading all the way up from Kent to face the Blues this weekend.

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The Gills released nine players following their relegation from League One last season and immediately moved to rebuild the squad through the early part of the summer. 

Dagenham defender Will Wright was first through the door, with experienced midfielder Shaun Williams hot on his heels.

Another midfielder, Dominic Jeffries, arrived from Brentford and former Crewe striker Scott Kashket also made an entrance. 

Keeper Jake Turner headed south on his release from Newcastle, and Ipswich defender Elkan Baggott agreed a loan spell in Kent. 

Forward Mikael Mandron came in on a free transfer when he parted ways with Crewe, and Cheye Alexander and Jordan Green added to the influx of new faces.

Plymouth allowed full-back Ryan Law to go to the Priestfield for the duration of the season, and July ended with the captures of striker Lewis Walker and stopper Glenn Morris. 

The last of the activity to date was another loan agreement, this time with winger Hakeeb Adelakun from Norwich.

Life in League Two this time round started off with a 2-0 away defeat at Wimbledon for Gillingham, but they exacted revenge when they knocked the Dons out of the Carabao Cup the following the week.

That gave them a home game with Exeter in round two on Tuesday night, and that went all the way to penalties with the sides deadlocked at full-time.

Jake Turner was the hero when it went to sudden death, with all 10 spot kicks having hit the net. He made the save that allowed David Tutonda to seal progression.

A first win of the campaign came courtesy of a Scott Kashket strike early in the piece when they hosted Rochdale, but two defeats followed, against Tranmere (away) and Harrogate. 

Walsall took a point back up the M6 following a goalless draw last weekend, and that leaves the Gills in the bottom reaches of the division at this early stage. They'll be looking to solve the scoring crisis with no goal registered in the last 351 minutes of league action.

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Striker Scott Kashket has the only league goal of Gillingham's season so far, so he's our one to watch. 

The 26-year-old was a member of the Wycombe squad that won promotion to the Championship in 2020, and featured for Crewe last term. 

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  Carlisle wins Draws Gillingham wins
FA Cup 1 1 0
League 15 10 21
League Cup 2 0 0
Total 18 11 21

These teams met in an FA Cup replay here at Brunton Park in December 2017 (Danny Grainger equalised from the spot in the away tie, after Luke O'Neill had registered early on). Hallam Hope bagged a brace, but Scott Wagstaff gave the visitors their own kind of hope just after the break. Shaun Miller came off the bench to secure the win with almost the last kick of the encounter.

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The goals from our GoPro cam from that game are here:

Our league meeting at Brunton Park in February 2014 went the way of the Gills, with Joe Piggott and Cody McDonald on the scoresheet. Leon Legge scored an own goal in time added, but that was too little too late for the Blues. 

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Ivan Stankovic
Fourth Official - David Avent
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

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Our referee for this game is Marc Edwards.
Marc has taken charge of one game so far this season showing four yellow cards.
We met him for the first time in September 2019 when we beat Oldham at Brunton Park courtesy of a goal in the third minute from Olufela Olomola. There were no Carlisle bookings on the day.
He was here again in December that same year for our 0-0 draw with Grimsby. As with his previous visit, no home names were taken.
Our 3-1 EFL Trophy win over the Villa under-21 side was his next visit to Cumbria. Micah Obiero, Gime Toure and Gav Reilly scored our goals, with Obiero also receiving a yellow card. Danny Devine also went in the book on the night.
He was up in Cumbria in May 2021 for the final game of the season against Walsall. No bookings and no goals made it an easy post-match referee's report to write.
We saw him on our own patch in March 2022 when he was in charge for our 2-0 victory over Rochdale. Omari Patrick netted before the break, and Tobi Sho-Silva rounded things off late in the day. Jack Armer and Jordan Gibson went in the book on the night.

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