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Match Previews

PREVIEW: Into London at the weekend

A closer look at this weekend's opponents

9 February 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Into London at the weekend

A closer look at this weekend's opponents

9 February 2023

United head to Plough Lane for the first time this weekend.


Smack bang in mid-table, AFC Wimbledon have only lost nine games this season, but nine draws will have left them thinking about what might have been, even at this early stage.

Won two, drawn two and lost two of the last six, that probably sums up their league season as, along with the majority of the division, they continue to strive for consistency.

January was busy, with Bristol City forward Sam Pearson the first through the door, having agreed a loan move.

Midfielder Armani Little was another to join on loan, this time from Forest Green, and Iraq international Ali Al-Hamadi bolstered the front ranks with a permanent move from Wycombe.

More loan movement came with the arrival of striker Saikou Janneh from Cambridge, and that was the prelude to a flurry of deadline day activity.

Three more loan moves were completed - centre-back Aaron Pierre from Sutton, winger Diallang Jaiyesimi from Charlton and Leicester City midfielder Kasey McAteer.

With plenty of options it will be interesting to see who gets the nod when the Cumbrians head south on Saturday.

who watch

Midfielder Ethan Chislett has nine goals from 35 appearances so far this season, and he's pretty much an ever-present amongst the starters.

He netted six in a run of nine games over the festive period, and has an attacking creative edge to his play.

He's our weekend one to watch.


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With match commentary provided by BBC Radio Cumbria, this is a fantastic way to follow your team through the season.

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  Carlisle wins Draws AFC W'bledon wins
League 2 2 1
Total 2 2 1

Callum Guy scored on the stroke of half time and Kris Dennis netted in the second half to help the Blues to a 2-1 home win in September 2022. Ayoub Assal gave the away side hope on the hour, but it wasn't to be.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We played in London in February 2016 and keeper Mark Gillespie was sent off just after the break. Paul Robinson netted for the hosts moments later, and that was enough to win the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We were up in Cumbria in August 2015 when Jabo Ibehre levelled after the break after Andy Barcham had given the visitors the lead in the first half.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a memorable day for all concerned in September 2015 when Brunton Park saw an avalanche of goals. United scored four, as did the Dons, and we had Gary Dicker sent off into the bargain. Oh, and the away team equalised with the last kick of the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Darren Handley
Assistant Referee 1 - Scott Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Nicholas Cooper
Fourth Official - James Vallance
Observer - David Phillips

Darren HandleyOur referee for this fixture is Mr Darren Handley. Darren has been in charge of 12 games so far this season and has shown 50 yellow cards and five reds. 

He was last in charge of a Carlisle game in January 2022 when he came to Brunton Park for our 2-0 reverse at the hands of Sutton. Tyrsese Omotoye was the only Carlisle name taken.

We also saw him in January 2020 when Cardiff City came north for a third-round FA Cup replay. The Blues took their illustrious visitors all the way, with a brace from Harry McKirdy and a Nathan Thomas goal not quite enough as the Bluebirds edged it 4-3. McKirdy's was the only Carlisle name taken on the night.

We also met him at the beginning of December 2019 when we drew 1-1 with Morecambe at the Globe Arena. Hallam Hope put us in front just ahead of the break, but former-Blue John O'Sullivan pulled things level just three minutes later. Hope and Jarrad Branthwaite picked up bookings on the day.

Prior to that he was with us in October when we beat Blackpool 2-1 in the Trophy group game here at Brunton Park.

Ryan Loft and Canice Carroll got us the goals that won the tie, and Canice went in the book alongside Jon Mellish for their troubles.


Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game however there is a £2 increase in price for adults and concessions. U17 tickets do not increase in price on match day. 


Adult  £25
Senior 65+ £17
Full time student £17
Unemployed/benefits  £17
17 & under £7

Checks will be in place on the day of the game and anybody who has purchased an age related ticket will be asked for proof when entering the ground. Failure to do so will result in the full adult price being charged.

Proof of full-time student, unemployment or benefits status must be provided at the time of purchase.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair supporters will pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Thu 9 Feb 10am – 4pm

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the Pioneer ticket office at the designated time. Sales on home match days will be from the west side ticket office (from 5.30pm on a midweek home match day). 
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE.


If you wish to purchase bus travel you can organise this by calling CUSAT on 07563 700 987.


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