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PREVIEW: The Mariners come our way

We look ahead to the weekend game

2 March 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: The Mariners come our way

We look ahead to the weekend game

2 March 2023

Carlisle United v Grimsby Town, Saturday 4 March, kick off 3pm

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The magic of the FA Cup has well and truly been alive in Grimsby with their midweek visit to St Mary's to face Southampton in their fifth round tie ultimately ending in progression to the quarter finals of the world's most famous competition for the first time in 84 years.

The fans, complete with inflatable Harry Haddocks, watched Gavan Holohan keep his cool twice from the spot, and even a second half fight-back sparked by Duje Caleta-Car wasn't enough to spare the Premier League strugglers their blushes.

Well done and good luck to the Cod Army from everyone at Brunton Park.

In terms of their league form, they come into the weekend away trip to our patch on an unbeaten run of three games. 

Two of those have been draws, but the victory at Northampton sent a reminder that the games in hand they have could yet propel them right back into the mix.

January saw Paul Hurst add to the squad across the pitch, with Preston loanee Mikey O'Neill the first to come through the door. 

Cheltenham forward George Lloyd and Norwich striker Tom Dickson-Peters also agreed loan deals, and defender Josh Emmanuel was captured from Hull for an undisclosed fee.

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We're going with George Lloyd for this one. Out to make a mark in his loan spell from Cheltenham he's scored twice in six appearances so far, including one on his debut.

Still only 23 he's been handed the number 9 shirt and is proving to be a handful for opposition defences.


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These two sides have met on a total of 48 occasions over the years - going all the way back to the 1907/08 campaign when the Mariners registered a 6-2 FA Cup home victory over the fledgling Blues.

This, of course, does not include the 34 minutes in August 2022 which were played in terrible conditions and which, of course, eventually led to the abandonment of the game as the rain continued to rattle down.

Grimsby hold the bragging rights by some considerable margin, with 24 victories compared to United's 12. 

  Carlisle wins Draws Grimsby wins
League 10 11 19
FA Cup 0 1 2
Cup 1 0 0
League Cup 1 2 3
Total 12 14 24

The aforementioned abandoned fixture was rearranged for September 2022 and goals from Owen Moxon and Kris Dennis put the Bues two goals to the good ahead of the break. Michee Efete pulled one back, but the points went to the away side.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was 1-1 at Brunton Park in March 2021 thanks to a very late equaliser from Ozzy Zanzala.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The first meeting of the 2020/21 campaign was a 1-1 draw at Blundell Park. Matt Pollock scored the opener but a James McKeown own goal meant it was a share of the spoils come full time.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The last time the teams met was at Brunton Park in December 2019. Both sides slugged it out, but it was clean sheets all round as the spoils were shared.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a sunny Bank Holiday Monday at Blundell Park in April 2019, and the game appeared to heading to a draw until Joe Grayson grabbed a winner deep into time added on.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

United were left empty-handed at Brunton Park in October earlier in that season as a first half goal from Luke Hendrie proved to be enough to take the spoils. The Blues had chances, but it wasn't their night as the visitors shut up shop to frustrate the home crowd.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Our November 2017 trip to Blundell Park saw United give as good as they got in a tight game. Grimsby shaded the first half with the woodwork and some heroics from Jack Bonham to thank for a clean sheet. The deadlock was eventually broken when defender Clint Hill got on the end of a superb cross from Gary Liddle. 

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Things were more comfortable in the home game with Hallam Hope opening the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. It was the perfect thank you to the fans who had turned up as early as 8am on match day to help to clear snow from the pitch, and the surrounding areas, to allow the game to go ahead. Mark Ellis secured the points with a close range header with just over 15 minutes left to play.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Sowerby
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Woodward
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

Our referee for this game is Marc Edwards.

Marc has taken charge of 19 games so far this season showing 60 yellow cards and no reds.
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.
Marc was the man in the middle for the 1-0 home win over Gillingham in August 2022. Jon Mellsh scored the goal and Jordan Gibson was the only Carlisle taken on the day.


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