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PREVIEW: Tuesday night's opponents

A closer look at the midweek group game

4 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Tuesday night's opponents

A closer look at the midweek group game

4 September 2023

Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United, Tuesday 5 September, kick off 7.45pm


Three wins, a draw and two defeats in League Two has put Accrington right on the brink of the play-off places at this early stage, but they'll be smarting after Saturday's away loss to Notts County having looked good for a point until the latter stages of the second half.

They bowed out of the Carabao Cup when their home tie with Bradford went to penalties, but their three-game unbeaten mini-run was derailed at the County Ground at the weekend.

Any fears that the drop out of League One following a five-year stay in the tier above would be a difficult adjustment to make have largely been put to rest thanks to their relatively strong start to the campaign.

Their summer transfer incomings saw Norwich defender Brad Hills arrive on a season-long loan, and Lewis Shipley came from the same club on a similar deal.

Birmingham's Josh Andrews also agreed a loan stay on the same day that the experienced Kelvin Mellor penned a one-year contract.

QPR defender Joe Gubbins was the last of the new intake - he also agreed a season-long loan spell.

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Forward Josh Andrews has really hit the ground running with three goals from his seven appearances so far. 

He's got one in each of his last two outings, and is currently making the most of his spell away from his parent club.

He's one who can play across the front line and will be a definite thorn in the side.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Accrington wins
League 30 10 18
Cup 1 1 1
League Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 0 1 1
Total 32 12 20

Jamie Devitt, Shaun Miller and Danny Grainger netted for the Blues back on Boxing Day in December 2017, with Billy Kee netting a consolation from the spot for the visitors.

You can watch the highlights from that game here:

Antony Sweeney, Kyle Dempsey and Billy Paynter netted for the visiting Cumbrians in the EFL Trophy game down in Accrington in September 2014. Marcus Carver scored for the hosts in the first half.

Watch the hiighlights from that game here:


Referee - Scott Jackson
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Ward
Assistant Referee 2 - Abbas Khan
Fourth Official - Steve Durnall
Observer - Andrew Himsworth
Coach - Michael Jones

Our referee this fixture is Mr Scott Jackson. He has taken charge of five games so far this season showing 22 yellows and one red.

Click HERE for our Ref Watch article.


We have been allocated an initial 400 tickets for this fixture.



Monday 4 September

10am – 4pm



Concession (64+)




12-17 years


Under 12


Wheelchair tickets are available, paying the relevant age price with a free carer ticket.

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the game from the away ticket booth at the entrance to the car park. 

No price increase on the day.


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.

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