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đź“ťMatch Preview | Carlisle United

A look ahead to Saturday's clash at Brunton Park.

13 December 2019

Team News

Jordan Cook is expected to miss out once again with a groin injury. Harry Cardwell is also a doubt having picked up a slight hamstring strain.

Elliott Hewitt will be missing for the trip to Cumbria, having picked up his fifth booking of the season during last weekend’s defeat to Swindon.

Following his return from injury against Swindon last week, Luke Hendrie could be set for a start at Brunton Park.

Form Guide

Chris Beech's side have drawn their last two league games against Morecambe and Cambridge United respectively and had a creditable victory against high-flying Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. 

Head to Head

The Mariners have won four of the last six meetings between the two sides, with United bagging two victories against Town.  

20 Nov 2007 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United W 1-0 FA Cup
22 Nov 2016 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United D 2-2 League Two
02 Jan 2017 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town W 1-3 League Two
18 Nov 2017 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United L 0-1 League Two
03 Mar 2018 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town L 2-0 League Two
02 Oct 2018 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town W 0-1 League Two
22 Apr 2019 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United W 1-0 League Two

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Carlisle Utd 0-1 Grimsby Town

Town ended a six-game losing streak with a win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Luke Hendrie's first-half goal proved enough for the Mariners to take all three points and claim their second victory of the season.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Town's caretaker boss, Anthony Limbrick.

Live on iFollow Mariners

Listen live on iFollow Mariners, while our overseas-based supporters are can watch the game live. 

 John Tondeur and former Town defender Danny Collins will be there to bring you full match commentary.  

Town fans can now purchase an iFollow subscription for a friend, family member or colleague this Christmas, with the introduction of a 'Purchase as a gift' option. more >>

Betting Odds

Grimsby to win and BTTS is now 11/2 from 9/2 with a Sky Bet Price Boost. 

James Hanson and Matt Green look the most likely to score for Town at 6/1 each, while Luke Hendrie is 20/1 to score at any time. more >>

Man in the Middle:

Marc Edwards will be the man with the whistle at Carlisle United on Saturday.

In what is Edwards' first season on the EFL list of referees, the Tyne and Wear-based official will take charge of a Town game for the very first time following his promotion to the National List of Referees in the summer.

Mr Edwards has experience in the EFL prior to this season though, first starting as an assistant referee before opting to drop back down to the National League with the whistle, where he remained for two years before being promoted back.

Key Men for The Robins – Harry McKirdy is the man to watch with six goals and five assists to his name for United, and the Mariners will also need to keep an eye on frontman Olufela Olomola who has banged in five goals so far this season.mckirdy.png

The Managers

Anthony Limbrick

“Carlisle have got some good players and they’re near us in the table so it’s a big game for both sides.

“To be able to play a team which is around us is hopefully a good thing, and we’ll try and prey on that fact and hopefully it works out for us.

“But you can’t guarantee that it will be an easier game because it certainly won’t be – we’re away from home, their pitch is big, and they’ve just had a good win midweek against Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup.”

Chris Beech

Speaking on, he said: "We know full well the threats that Grimsby can bring because they have some very good players in that dressing room.

"They'll be really disappointed with the run they've been on and I'm sure they'll see every game as an opportunity to start to get their season going again.

"We have to be aware of that, but we have to go into the game with the determination to deal with what they'll do at the same time as we look to dominate the possession and take the game to them."

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Match Reports

đź“ťMatch Report: Carlisle Utd 0-0 Grimsby Town

Town dominate but have to settle for draw

14 December 2019

Town were forced to settle for just one point from a goalless draw with Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

In a game between two of League Two's bottom five, the Mariners created several good chances and would have been disappointed not to win.

Harry Davis had an early goal disallowed for offside and James Hanson hit the post with a header as Town dominated the early stages, before a deflected Robson free kick hit the bar and substitute Charles Vernam also had an opportunity just before half-time.

The visitors continued to be the better team after the break but were unable to take their chances, although they remained solid at the back to ensure they would take some reward from the match.

Three changes were made to the Town starting line-up after last week's defeat by league leaders Swindon Town, with Luke Hendrie returning in place of the suspended Elliott Hewitt as Ethan Robson and Max Wright were preferred to Elliott Whitehouse and Vernam.

James McKeown started in goal, with Hendrie, Davis, Luke Waterfall and Liam Gibson forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Ethan Robson were the midfielders, with Matt Green and Wright either side of Hanson in attack.

Whitehouse and Vernam were both named on the bench, along with Sam Russell, Mattie Pollock, Ludvig Ohman, Ahkeem Rose and Harry Cardwell.

Carlisle were one of only four clubs below Grimsby in the league table at kick-off and were on a similar run of form, meaning the game took on extra significance for both teams as they looked to put extra distance between them and the bottom.

The Mariners thought they had taken the lead on four minutes when a free kick from Hessenthaler on the right was headed into the net by Davis but the goal was ruled out for offside against the centre-back.

And the visitors' bright start continued when Hanson had a chance to open the scoring on seven minutes, although his header bounced off the bottom of the post and rolled away from goal.

A low cross from Green was cleared, before Robson became the first to be shown a yellow card after a poor challenge on Carlisle's Harry McKirdy near the halfway line.

McKirdy was involved again soon afterwards, setting off on a driving run through the middle which took him into the Town penalty area before he was eventually stopped by a good tackle from Waterfall.

The hosts won a corner when Hallam Hope cut in from the left and saw a shot deflected wide. The ball from the flag was met by Jarrad Branthwaite but he could only send it wide.

A Carlisle free kick from the right on 23 minutes was cleared, before an effort from Hope came back off the bar and the ball was cleared.

Town were inches away from taking the lead on 27 minutes when a free kick by Robson took a deflection and wrong-footed keeper Adam Collin, only for the ball to bounce back off the bar. Hanson was penalised for a foul as he challenged for the loose ball.

At the other end, Mike Jones fired just past the far post after a Carlisle break, with Nathan Thomas playing the ball back to him on the edge of the box.

A cross from Wright was turned behind for a Town corner on 32 minutes but Hessenthaler's ball from it was headed away by Aaron Hayden.

A home corner then came four minutes later, which was headed clear by Hanson.

Hessenthaler had an opportunity after getting in behind the defence to meet a header by Green, although he could not find the net from a tight angle and the ball was scrambled out for a corner by Collin.

Robson showed determination to break into the box on 42 minutes and fire the ball across, where it was cleared for a corner. From the flag, the ball was met by Waterfall but he could not direct his header on target.

Hanson went down injured after the corner and after receiving treatment, the striker was unable to continue and Vernam was sent on in his place.

The substitute's first action saw him presented with a great chance when defender Canice Carroll's short back-pass fell straight into his path. But Vernam's first touch was too heavy and the hosts survived as the ball went out for a goal kick.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half and with no further opportunities, the game remained goalless at the break.

Town had played the better football and created a number of good chances but were unable to take any of them.

Christie Elliott replaced Carroll at right-back for the home side before the restart and an early opening came for Town after a mistake by Collin saw the ball won by Hessenthaler at the edge of the Carlisle box. The midfielder got it back from Green but could not pick a team-mate out with his ball to the far post.

Good play by the visitors saw Hendrie keep the ball in on the right to start a passing move which eventually led to a chance for Hessenthaler, although he could only shoot at the keeper.

Hessenthaler was pulled back level with the left corner of the Carlisle penalty area on 59 minutes but Town could not turn the resulting free kick into a goalscoring opportunity.

A run through the middle by Wright launched another attack, as the winger found Hessenthaler on the right but his cross was headed at Collin by Green.

A chance for Carlisle came when a cross from the right fell for McKirdy at the far post but he could only volley harmlessly wide.

McKirdy was replaced by Mo Sagaf for the hosts, before Green was booked after he was adjudged to have blocked a kick by keeper Collin.

A low shot from Hope was vlocked shortly before a home corner, which was taken quickly but ultimately came to nothing as Jones blasted a shot high over the bar from 20 yards.

Clifton did well to get into the penalty area on 69 minutes as he went through two challenges but a bad bounce came just as he looked to cross the ball and he was unable to find a man in black and white.

Town kept attacking and Verman went close to breaking the deadlock but his low effort went just past the far post.

Gibson was booked for a foul on the home right on 76 minutes but the free kick was headed clear by Waterfall.

Rose replaced Green in Town's second change with 13 minutes to go and he was involved in creating their next chance, playing the ball though for Vernam, who hit the side-netting.

Olufela Olomola came on for Stefan Scougall for the home side, before Wright became the latest Town player to be booked when he brought Gethin Jones down near the halfway line.

Wright was replaced by Whitehouse with six minutes left on the clock and a home free kick had to be dealt with soon afterwards, with a good block ensuring the scores remained level.

A foul by Waterfall gave Carlisle another free kick inside the Grimsby half but again, no damage was caused as the referee's whistle blew for a foul when Thomas sent the ball into the box.

Four added minutes were played at the end of the game and an opportunity came for Vernam in the third of them, although he dragged his low shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

That proved to be the last chance for either side to grab all three points as both were forced to settle for a draw.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when Scunthorpe United are the visitors to Blundell Park.

Carlisle: Collin (C), Carroll, Jones, Hayden, Branthwaite, Jones, Thomas, Scougall, McKirdy,  Hope, Loft.

Subs: Gray, Birch, Elliott. Knight-Percival, Sagaf, Olomola, Sorensen.

Town: McKeown (c), Hendrie, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Robson, Clifton, Green, Hanson, Wright.

Subs: Russell, Pollock, Öhman, Whitehouse, Rose, Cardwell, Vernam.

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 3,653 (217)

Possession: Carlisle 50% - 50% Town

Next Up: Scunthorpe Utd

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🚌Travelling To Carlisle? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's trip to Cumbria.

12 December 2019

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Brunton Park

What’s the ticket information?

Tickets can be purchased on the day via the small ticket booth near the turnstiles, this is CASH ONLY.



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Wheelchair User


How do I get to the ground?

Post Code is CA1 1LL

From the motorway at junction 43 take the 1st exit off the roundabout. Continue along Warwick Road (A69). Pass through 3 sets of traffic lights, the club shop (Blues Store) marks the entrance to the ground.

Where is the best place to park?

There is a good-sized car park at the ground with a cost of £3. 

Please note that cars will only be allowed to leave this car park once fans have dispersed and the supporters’ coaches have left.

Alternatively, there is street parking but please keep an eye out for restrictions.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

Carlisle’s train station is just over a mile away.  There is a taxi rank outside of the station but if you fancy the walk – Cross the road outside of the stadium and locate Nando’s near a set of traffic lights. Walk down Warwick Road for about a mile and Brunton Park will be on your left-hand side.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

Carlisle Rugby Club next to Brunton Park welcomes away fans as does the Beehive on Warwick Road, which sells real ale.

The Magpie Inn on Victoria Road also has a mixture of home and away fans, it’s around 10 minutes away. 

Food available in the area?

There is a local food outlet on the west side of the stadium.

There are also a variety of food outlets available on Warwick Road.  The local Golf Club and Rugby Club also sell food.

When do turnstiles open?

Turnstiles open around 90 minutes before kick-off. 

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

The Town Centre is less than a mile away which has various cash points. Tesco on junction 43 has a cash point, as does Foreways (opposite the stadium) which are both free to use.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

The unused terrace behind the goal, to the right of away fans, is where flags can be placed.

Flags on poles are not permitted.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium? 

Both hot and cold food and drink items are available inside the ground until 15 minutes into the 2nd half.

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