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PREVIEW: Barrow at Brunton Park on Tuesday

A closer look at our midweek opposition

30 January 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Barrow at Brunton Park on Tuesday

A closer look at our midweek opposition

30 January 2023

Carlisle United v Barrow, Tuesday 31 January, kick off 7.45pm

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The History:

When these sides met at Brunton Park in October 2020, it was the first coming together in the league for some 56 years.

And there was all sorts going on at the top of Division Four in April 1964 - in fact, things were so tight that five teams, Carlisle amongst them, were neck-and-neck for the right to take one of the four promotion spots, with the title also still up for grabs.

Things were a little bit more academic at the other end. A system of re-election was still in place, but the Bluebirds were doing everything they could to avoid bottom spot.

In the end Carlisle held their nerve, finishing second behind Gilingham despite having recorded a whopping 113 league goals.

Unfortunately a run of poor results, particularly at home, meant that Barrow did indeed pick up the dreaded wooden spoon.


Barrow are in a strong position with 12 league victories keeping them well invoved at the top of the pile.

Last weekend's home game against high-flying Northampton ended in defeat for the Bluebirds as the Cobblers took advantage of the current struggles on their own patch currently being suffered by Tuesday's visitors. Two second half goals secured the victory for the away team.

In this transfer window Elliot Newby has rejoined his hometown club from Stockport for an undisclosed fee.

Bradford forward Jake Young signed a loan deal until the end of the season, and Bohs defender Rory Feely came across the water for an 18-month contract.

Billy Waters is our one to watch courtesy of his haul of eight goals from 30 appearances.

He bagged a hat-trick at home against Colchester at the beginning of November, and got back to net finding ways in the away win at Mansfield at the beginning of this month.

He joined from Halifax in the summer and has certainly made his mark on his return to the EFL. He'll cause problems if he's allowed to.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Barrow wins
League 24 18 18
FA Cup 1 0 3
Cup 0 0 1
Total 25 18 22

The Papa Johns Trophy group game meeting in October 2022 went the way of the home side with Sam Foley and Josh Kay netting the second half goals.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Carlisle notched a good 2-1 away win at Holker Street in March 2022, with Jordan Gibson and Kris Dennis on the scoresheet. Ollie Banks pulled one back to make it an interesting ending, but United saw it through to the three points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was 0-0 at Brunton Park in November 2021 with neither side able to break the deadlock in a tight encounter.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

That historic first meeting in 56 years in October 2020 went the way of Carlisle as Jon Mellish gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes on the clock. Aaron Hayden was given his marching orders early in the second half, but the 10-men held on to claim the win.

Watch the highlights from that game here: 

The return fixture at Holker Street in April 21 ended as a 2-2 draw. Jack Armer gave the visitors an early lead, but Scott Quigley and Patrick Brough had the hosts ahead before the break. Ozzy Zanzala levelled things up from the spot on 79 minutes.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Andrew Kitchen
Assistant Referee 1 - Simon Clayton
Assistant Referee 2 - Gary Hilton
Fourth Official - Martin Woods
Observer - Barry Sygmuta

Our referee for this game is Mr Andrew Kitchen. He has been in charge of 21 games so far this season showing 49 yellow cards and one red.
We first met him in October 2021 for our home game against Tranmere. A Rod McDonald own goal separated the teams on the day, and Zach Clough went in the book for the Blues.
He was here again in February 2022 when we lost 3-1 to promotion chasing Port Vale. Owen Windsor equalised after Dave Worrall had given the visitors the lead, but James Wilson and David Amoo added to the goals to secure the away victory. There were no names taken on the day.

He was also our man in the middle for the 1-1 draw with Swindon in August 2022. Kris Dennis scored our equaliser on the stroke of half time, and Owen Moxon's was the only home booking on the day.


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