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PREVIEW: Big game at the top of the table

One not to be missed

16 March 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Big game at the top of the table

One not to be missed

16 March 2023

Carlisle United v Stevenage, Saturday 18 March, kick off 3pm

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Substitute Jamie Reid came off the bench to grab the winner against Crewe on Tuesday night, and the three points took Stevenage back into second spot, two points above Carlisle.

It's now three wins and three defeats from the last six games for our weekend visitors, and they're another of the division's top scorers with 50 league goals to their name.

The decent league form was backed up by an FA Cup run that pitted them against Stoke in the fourth round. Reid also scored in that game to level things up, with 20 minutes left to go, but the Championship team rallied to net two before the final whistle was blown, and to bring the dream to an end.

Stevenage have been up with the pace setters for the bulk of the season and they'll be looking to finish it off in style, so this is building up to be a good one.

who watch

Luke Norris was the one we opted for back in August, and little has changed.

He has 13 goals and two assists from 43 appearances, and is a big part of the success his team has enjoyed this term.

We know what he can do inside and outside the box, and he'll need to be looked after.


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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 Stevenage wins
League 12 4 9
Total 12 4 9

Stevenage took the spoils at the Lamex in August 2022 with first half goals from Kane Smith and Max Clark. Kris Dennis got one back on the stroke of half time, but the hosts dug deep to see it through.

United won 2-1 when these teams met in Cumbria in April 2022 with second half goals from Joe Riley and Lewis Alessandra providing a cushion. Luke Norris bagged from the spot, but it was too little too late.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals at the Lamex in December 2021 that gave the Blues a comfortable away victory.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

A red card for Rod McDonald on 18 minutes put United on the back foot as Tom Pett, Luke Norris and Arthur Read made the one-man advantage when these teams met in March 2021. Brennan Dickenson scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn't quite enough to make a difference.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


December 2020 brought a convincing home victory for United with goals from Nick Anderton, Josh Kayode, Lewis Alessandra and Joe riley making up the 4-0 win. Luke Prosser was sent off with 15 minutes left to play to compound the misery for the visitors.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The only meeting of these teams in the Covid hit 2019/20 season was in September, where a brace from Harry McKirdy and a goal from Nathan Thomas were enough to cancel out a double strike from Kurtis Guthrie.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We were also down in Stevenage in April 2019, and it was one to forget for United as Iontton and a brace from Guthrie deflated the travelling crowd.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The Boro picked up where they had left off the previous season when they came north in September 2018. Carlisle were made to pay for early missed chances when Ben Kennedy scored a beauty after the break, and there was more disappointment when an Adam Campbell header crashed against the post late in the day.

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Our visit to the Lamex in January 2018 was a tight affair but it was United who created the better of the chances, with Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt both going close from first half free kicks. Sam Cosgrove could have wrapped things up when he was played clean through but, in the end, neither side could find a way to break the deadlock.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was another tough one for the Blues almost exactly two years ago when early second half goals from Kennedy and Tom Pett put Boro in cruise control as they saw their way through to a comfortable three points.

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Referee - Tom Reeves
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Cunliffe
Assistant Referee 2 - Blake Antrobus
Fourth Official - Darren Handley
Observer - Russell Tiffin

Our referee for this fixture is Tom Reeves. He's taken charge of 29 games so far this season showing 95 yellow cards and four reds.

He was the man in the middle for our September 2021 away game in Crawley, where a Jon Mellish equaliser wiped out the opener from Tom Nichols. Nick Tsaroulla nicked the points for the home team deep into time added on. Jack Armer's was the only name taken on the day.

We saw him in October 2022 for our 3-1 away win at Hartlepool. Alex Lacey gave the hosts a first half lead, but second half goals from Owen Moxon and Omari Patrick (2), secured a convincing away win. Callum Guy was the only visiting name taken on the day. 


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