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PREVIEW: A look ahead to the Monday game

United head to Walsall on Monday

9 April 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: A look ahead to the Monday game

United head to Walsall on Monday

9 April 2023

Walsall v Carlisle United, Monday 10 April, kick off 3pm


Mid-table Walsall have had a tough run of results recently with just the one win from their last 17 games. Good Friday brought the disappointment of a 4-2 defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Rochdale from what was a tough encounter.

Their win over Gillingham in the middle of March was only their second league success of this calendar year. Their only other win in League Two was way back on New Year's Day when they beat Mansfield 2-1 at home.

There was good news last week when midfielder Isaac Hutchinson agreed a new contract with the League Two club to run until 2025. The 22-year-old has made 47 appearances since arriving from Derby lasy last summer, and has scored seven goals.

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The aforementioned Isaac Hutchinson has two goals from his last five outings, and he's a livewire inside the opposition half.

Assists and goals are his stated target, and he'll get his head down and run at the box if he's given thhe chance.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Walsall wins
League 19 20 22
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 0 2
Total 20 20 25

A Ryan Edmondson goal in the first half gave United a lead which they held onto until the final few minutes when these sides met at the Bescot later in November 2022 in FA Cup action. Late goals from Andy Williams and Douglas James-Taylor turned the tie on its head and dumped the Blues out of the competition.

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November's 2022 meeting at Brunton Park was by no means a classic, with the teams slugging their way to a 0-0 draw.

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The Good Friday April 2022 away game was a very tight game, and a goal on the strike of half-time from Jack Earing proved to be enough to keep the points in the Midlands.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Referee - Declan Bourne
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Parry
Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official - Darren Wilding
Observer - Christopher Sarginson

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Declan Bourne. 

He has been in charge of 24 games so far this season and has shown 89 yellows and eight reds.

We first met him in February 2021 for a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Forest Green. Gime Toure scored in the second half for the Blues, and Joe Riley and Rhys Bennett had their names taken on the night.

We also saw him in December 2021 for our 2-0 away win at Stevenage. Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals, Gibson from the spot, and Kelvin Mellor had his name taken.

He was our man in the middle for our 2-1 home win over Tranmere in November 2022. Jordan Gibson and Jayden Harris gave us a two-goal lead but there were nerves jangling when Neil Byrne got one back late in the day. United went on to win it and Jack Armer and Jayden Harris had their names taken.


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