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Match Preview - Carlisle United v Rovers

25 March 2022

The league's two in-form teams go head to head this weekend at Brunton Park.

Rovers face the long trip up to Carlisle this weekend to take on Paul Simpson's reinvigorated side. The Gas will be looking to make it five wins in a row on Saturday afternoon after beating Northampton Town last time out thanks to a rapid Harry Anderson goal. 

Manager's Preview

Last Time Out

Opposition View

The Cumbrians Manager Paul Simpson has said to Carlisle United that this weekend's game will be one of the toughest of their season.

“When you’re playing one of the top teams in your league it should always be something to look forward to,” he said. “The lads have been really good this week as they prepare, there’s been a good intensity to everything we’ve done, and a definite focus.

“We’re coming into a game that we know is going to be tough, because they’re in a really strong position in the league. Joey Barton is doing a fantastic job, and let’s be fair, he had a really good career and he’s jumped into management and done really well.

“He’s got a good team spirit going at his club and we have to be fully aware of the threats they can pose. I know how he was as a player, and I’m sure he’ll have the same approach as a manager in that he will demand a lot from his players.

“They’ll be well prepared and ready to go, and they have a youthful coach in Andy Mangan and experience in Kevin Bond. They know what they’re doing and that’s why I know this will be a good game.

“I think it’ll be one of the toughest games we’ve had against a team that is the division’s form side. What we need to bear in mind is that we’re in decent form as well.

“We’ve got to make sure we touch on the things Bristol Rovers can do, but also remember that what happens on the day is 90% about us. What we want come full-time is that it’s our form that carries on, and we’ve put a dent in their run.”


Form Guide

Carlisle are one of the in-form teams in the league since Paul Simpson was appointed manager of the club. The Cumbrians have won five out of their last six games with their sole defeat coming against Newport County at Brunton Park. In their last game, Carlisle overcame Barrow away from home winning 1-2 thanks to goals from Jordan Gibson and Kristian Dennis. Carlisle currently find themselves in 18th place in the League Two standings with 43 points from 37 games up to this point in the season.


Ref Watch

Andy Haines is the man in charge for this weekend's fixture at Brunton Park. This season in League Two Haines has officiated 12 games where he has shown 30 yellow cards and one red. On average Haines produces 2.50 yellow cards per game. Haines also stops play for fouls an average of 19.42 times every 90 minutes.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 23/20 for the away win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 25/1 to win the game 2-3. On the goalscorer markets, James Connolly is priced at 40/1 to open the scoring and at 16/1 to score anytime in the match at Brunton Park.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Follow

Due to the international break, Saturday's fixture at Brunton Park is available to watch on iFollow!

Match passes for the game cost £10 - with the majority of the revenue generated coming back to the football club. Click HERE to purchase a match pass!


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Match Reports

Match Report - Carlisle United 1-0 Rovers

26 March 2022

Rovers fell to their first defeat in five games as Kristian Dennis' goal was the difference at Brunton Park.

Rovers started the game with two changes to the starting XI from last weekend's win against promotion rivals Northampton Town. Glenn Whelan and Sam Nicholson returned to the team in the absence of Antony Evans and Nick Anderton.

JMP_Carlisle_United_v_Bristol_Rovers_RC_020.JPGRovers carved open the first chance of the contest just past the five-minute mark. Aaron Collins held the ball up well and played in Harry Anderson on the overlap who crossed the ball into the box where the returning Sam Nicholson wasn't able to direct his volleyed effort on target. 

Omari Patrick was played in behind Rovers' defence following a long ball. Expert defending from Connor Taylor prevented Carlisle's No.30 from having any real sight of Belshaw's goal.

Carlisle captain Corey Whelan saw his headed attempt well saved by Belshaw following Joe Riley's pinpoint cross. Moments later Kristian Dennis hit the outside of the post following a shot turned cross. Rovers searched for the opening goal following the brief Carlisle pressure with Elliot Anderson's curling effort being pushed away from danger by Mark Howard in the Carlisle goal.

Former Manchester United man Joe Riley found himself with a chance at goal after getting free at the back post but was only able to place his shot outside of the post and behind for a goal kick.

Brilliant tenacity from Elliot Anderson created a shooting opportunity for the youngster, but his powerful shot from close range was parried well by Howard.


Rovers started the second half on the front foot. Finley's quick shot hit with the outside of his boot was tipped over the bar by the fingertips of Howard. The Gas had penalty appeals waved away moments after by referee Andy Haines after Finley went to the ground.

Luca Hoole reacted brilliantly to a low Carlisle cross into the box as the home side pushed for the opening goal.

JMP_Carlisle_United_v_Bristol_Rovers_RC_026.JPGBelshaw showed just why the club rewarded him with a new contract this week following a loose touch from James Connolly which allowed Kristian Dennis to have a clear shot at goal. The Rovers No.1 was down well to smother the shot from the Carlisle forward.

The Gas rolled the dice in the 65th minute. Glenn Whelan and Sam Nicholson making way for Harvey Saunders and Leon Clarke. The deadlock was broken in the 71st minute. Kristian Dennis bundled the ball home following pinball in the Rovers area.

Rovers came close to an equaliser straight away. A corner found the head of James Connolly whose effort was cleared off the line by the defending Carlisle players.

Jordan Gibson had the chance to put the home side two to the good following a long throw-in but blasted his powerful attempt well over Belshaw's goal. Luke Thomas entered the fray for Paul Coutts as the game drew to a close. Sam Finley taking the captain's armband from the departing midfielder.

An additional six added minutes were shown by the fourth official as Rovers pushed for the leveller. Elliot Anderson fired in a low cross which was begging to be tapped in but no Rovers players were able to get to the ball as it trickled out of play for a goal kick.

Carlisle were able to cling on to all three points as Rovers faced the long trip back to BS7 empty-handed. 

Next up for the Gas is the visit of Mark Hughes' Bradford City to The Mem on Saturday, 2nd April (3pm KO).

CARLISLE: Howard, Armer, Simeu, Riley, Dickenson, Mellish, Feeney, Whelan, Gibson, Patrick, Dennis.

Subs: Norman, Mellor, Devine, McDonald, Alessandra, Sho-Silva, Omotoye.

ROVERS: Belshaw, H Anderson, Taylor, Connolly, Hoole, Whelan, Coutts, Finley, Nicholson, Collins, E Anderson.

Subs: Ward, Harries, L Clarke, T Clarke, Thomas, Saunders, Loft.

Referee - Andy Haines

Attendance - 5,884 (637 away)

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Ticket News

Ticket Info - Carlisle v Rovers

13 February 2022

Ticket information for our trip to Carlisle United in March.

Rovers travel to Brunton Park on Saturday, 26th Match (3pm KO).

Online ticket sales will open to 2021/2022 Season Ticket holders from 10am on Monday, 14th February. In-store ticket sales will be available for Season Ticket holders from 10am on Tuesday, 15th February. Please be aware, Season Tickets holders are only permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Members (Club members and Supporters Club members) will be able to purchase tickets online and in-store from 10am on Wednesday, 16th February. Please note, members are only able to purchase one ticket per membership.

Subject to availability, general sale tickets will then be available online and in-store from 10am on Friday, 18th February.

The club would like to remind fans that tickets aren't available to purchase from the club shop on matchdays.

The initial allocation of tickets for this fixture is 400.

Ticket prices can be found below;

Ticket Type Price
Adult £19
65+ £16
18-22 £13
11-17 £10
Family Junior £8
U11 £7
U7 Free of Charge
Disabled Appropriate Price
PA Free of Charge
Wheelchair £4
Wheelchair Carer Free of Charge

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