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PREVIEW: Crewe the next visitors at Brunton Park

A closer look at the weekend visitors

29 September 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Crewe the next visitors at Brunton Park

A closer look at the weekend visitors

29 September 2022

The last time Crewe were in Carlisle was three seasons ago, for a game that brought a yield of six goals.

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Smack bang in the middle of the table it's been a steady start for one of last season's relegated sides. Hard to beat - they've lost three of their ten league games so far - two of those defeats have come on their own patch in the space of their last three outings at Gresty Road.

Last weekend's reverse at the hands of Mansfield was particularly hard to take, with the Stags netting twice in the last six minutes to come from behind to claim the spoils.

Crewe started the league season looking strong, with three wins from four, but they were dealt a blow when midfielder Charlie Colkett was ruled out for up to three months with a hamstring injury.

Cardiff youngster Eli King was immediately brought in on-loan to counter that loss. Last season's top scorer Chris Long has alos been an absentee, reportedly with a nasty bout of food poisoning not helping matters at all.

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Forward Courtney Baker-Richardson has seven goals from 12 appearances, with one each from his last two games against Mansfield and Crawley. 

He scored eight in 32 games for Newport last season, and has kicked things off well with his new club.

Clearly feeling confident, he'll need to watched.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Crewe wins
League 36 12 36
FA Cup 2 1 2
Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 1 1 1
Total 40 14 39

It was a high-scoring meeting at Gresty Road on 1 January 2020 with the Alex netting four times. Jack Iredale scored the consolation for the Blues.

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Our October 2019 meeting here at Brunton Park saw the visitors race to a two-goal lead before the break. Hallam Hope and Christie Elliott got us right back into it, but Crewe finished strongly with two goals in the last 15 minutes which saw them take the points.

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We were at Gresty Road twice during the 2018/19 season, with the last meeting between these teams coming in February 2019. Chris Porter got the Alex off to an explosive start with three minutes on the clock, and the afternoon took another downward turn when Jamie Devitt was given his marching orders with just 20 minutes of the game having passed by. Gary Miller bagged a beauty to level things up before the break, but former-Blue Shaun Miller made sure the points stayed at home when he came off the bench to score the winner.

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We were down in Crewe just a few months earlier for a first round FA Cup meeting. The Blues missed a penalty but won the game in dramatic fashion when keeper Ben Garratt got his bearings wrong as he smashed a poor clearance right at Jamie Devitt in time added on. The shocked stopper could do nothing as the rebound found its way into his bottom corner.

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Our first meeting in 2018/19 was at the end of August, just five games into the campaign. It was a match of ups and downs for the Blues as they played good football, with Hope and Yates going close early in the piece. The down side for the Blues was the loss of Grainger and Fryer to injury, but Ashley Nadesan left everyone smiling when he grabbed the winner and his first goal of the season with 20 minutes left to play.

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Looking back to the 2017/18 season and the away game went the way of the Blues with goals from Danny Grainger [2], Reggie Lambe and Hallam Hope added to by an own goal from former-Carlisle centre back Michael Raynes, which combined to give United a comfortable 5-0 away victory back in the September of that campaign.

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The home game in the January was a much closer affair, with a late strike from Sam Cosgrove the difference between the sides.

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Referee - Ross Joyce
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Woodward
Assistant Referee 2 - Lewis Raper
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie
Observer - James Devine

Ross JoyceOur referee for this game is Mr Ross Joyce. Ross has taken charge of seven games so far this season and has shown 19 yellow cards and two reds.

He was in Carlisle in April 2022 for our 1-0 home win over Mansfield. Omari Patrick scored the second half winner and the hosts had four players booked in what was a bit of a slog of a game - Jack Armer, Brennan Dickenson, Omari Patrick and Dynel Simeu.

We saw Ross at the Globe Arena in November 2021 when goals from Kelvin Mellor and Jordan Gibson secured progression to the knockout stages for the Blues in the Papa John's Trophy. No Carlisle names were taken that night.

Prior to that he was the man in the middle for a tetchy encounter with Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day in 2020. Aaron Hayden, Lewis Alessandra and Omari Patrick helped us to storm into a three-goal lead on what was a terrible day weather wise, but George Thomason, Nathan Delfouneso and Peter Kioso used the gale force wind to their advantage to peg us back. Kioso was sent off in time added on for the game, with Paul Farman, Rhys Bennett, Joe Riley and Jon Mellish having their names taken for the home side.

He was also at Brunton Park in October 2020 for our 3-1 home win over Morecambe. Jon Mellish and George Tanner added to an own goal from Songo'o as the Blues ran out as convincing 3-1 victors, and Joe Riley was the only home yellow to be shown. 

Ross was with us in March 2019 for our long away trip to Rodney Parade. Goals either side of the break sunk the Blues, and Anthony Gerrard had his name written down on the day.

He was in Cumbria for our December 2019 2-1 home win over Macclesfield. Hallam Hope and Jerry Yates scored our goals and Gerrard, Devitt and Yates were the Carlisle names which went in the book.

The first time we saw him that same season was for the Carabao Cup meeting with Blackburn Rovers in August 2019. Hallam Hope scored United's goal, but it was an emphatic win for Rovers on the night as braces from Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong were complemented by a neat finish from Kasey Palmer. Kelvin Etuhu was the only Carlisle yellow card shown.


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