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Preview: Carlisle United (A)

6 April 2021

The Iron will be looking to make it six games unbeaten with a victory at Carlisle United on Tuesday night (6.30pm kick-off).

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6 April 2021


Neil Cox's side come into the match on the back of a 0-0 home draw against Crawley Town on Good Friday, which was our fourth draw in the last five fixtures.

Away from home, his team are unbeaten in three as well and will be looking to extend that with victory at Brunton Park.


Right-back Jordan Clarke will be assessed after missing the Good Friday game as a precaution with a tight thigh, while forward Kevin van Veen will also be looked at ahead of the match after undergoing an injection on his knee.

Left-back Junior Brown has been ruled out for five-to-six weeks with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford City, while centre-back George Taft is ahead of schedule with his recovery from an ankle injury but probably won't be available for a couple of weeks.

Their fellow defender Harrison McGahey (thigh) is back running on the training ground and should return to full training at the end of this week, while attacker Jordan Hallam has undergone an injection on the hamstring injury he suffered against Oldham Athletic and will be assessed again in a couple of weeks.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.


Carlisle have won their last two matches 2-0, winning at Southend on Saturday and at home to Crawley last Tuesday. Those two wins have boosted their play-off push and they'll be seeking another as they look to close in on the top seven. Prior to then, they'd gone four matches without a win.

Jon Mellish tops their scoring charts with 11 goals to his name, with Lewis Alessandra following on seven.

They've been two of the mainstays of the side, with goalkeeper Paul Farman, defender Aaron Hayden and midfielder Callum Guy also regulars all season.


We met at the Sands Venue Stadium in September, with Jordan Hallam striking the decisive goal in a 1-0 success.

2020-21 - Sat Sep 26 LG 2 Iron 1-0 Carlisle Hallam
2019-20 - Sat Aug 21 LG 2 Iron 0-1 Carlisle  
2012-13 - Tue Feb 13 LG 1 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Sodje 2, Reid
2012-13 - Sat Jan 26 LG 1 Carlisle 1-1 Iron Hawley
2011-12 - Mon Apr 9 LG 1 Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
2011-12 - Sat Dec 10 LG 1 Iron 1-2 Carlisle Barcham
2008-09 - Sat Mar 14 LG 1 Carlisle 1-1 Iron Hayes
2008-09 - Sat Sep 13 LG 1 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Sparrow, Hayes
2006-07 - Sat May 5 LG 1 Iron 3-0 Carlisle Taylor, Sparrow, Beckford
2006-07 - Sat Dec 9 LG 1 Carlisle 0-2 Iron Sharp, Keogh
2003-04 - Tue Mar 24 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Carlisle MacLean 2
2003-04 - Tue Oct 21 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-4 Iron Torpey, MacLean, Sharp, Beagrie
2002-03 - Tue Mar 11 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-2 Iron Beagrie, Dawson
2002-03 - Mon Dec 23 FAC R2 R Carlisle 0-1 Iron Carruthers
2002-03 - Sat Dec 7 FAC R2 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
2002-03 - Tue Sep 17 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Torpey 2, Carruthers
2001-02 - Sat Mar 16 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Jeffrey, Hodges
2001-02 - Sat Dec 1 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-0 Iron  
2000-01 - Mon Apr 16 DIV 3 Iron 3-0 Carlisle Sparrow, Carruthers, Torpey
2000-01 - Sat Oct 28 DIV 3 Carlisle 1-2 Iron Larusson, Hodges
1998-99 - Tue Jan 19 FLT R2 Iron 1-1 Carlisle
(Carlisle win 4-3 on pens)
1998-99 - Sat Jan 16 DIV 3 Carlisle 0-1 Iron Eyre
1998-99 - Sat Aug 15 DIV 3 Iron 3-1 Carlisle Hope, Eyre, Gayle
1996-97 - Sat Mar 8 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
1996-97 - Sat Dec 21 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-2 Iron Clarkson, McFarlane
1994-95 - Sat Mar 25 DIV 3 Carlisle 2-1 Iron Kiwomya
1994-95 - Sat Sep 3 DIV 3 Iron 2-3 Carlisle Juryeff, Thornber
1993-94 - Sat Mar 12 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Goodacre
1993-94 - Sat Sep 18 DIV 3 Iron 2-1 Carlisle Carmichael 2
1992-93 - Sat Jan 16 DIV 3 Iron 0-0 Carlisle  
1992-93 - Sat Sep 26 DIV 3 Carlisle 0-2 Iron Helliwell 2
1991-92 - Sat May 2 DIV 4 Iron 4-0 Carlisle Elliott, Daws, Hill, Helliwell
1991-92 - Sat Oct 12 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
1990-91 - Sat Apr 6 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-3 Iron Hill, Hine, Dalziel (og)
1990-91 - Sat Dec 29 DIV 4 Iron 2-0 Carlisle Flounders, Lillis
1990-91 - Tue Sep 4 LGC R1 L2 Iron 1-1 Carlisle Lillis
1990-91 - Tue Aug 28 LGC R1 L1 Carlisle 1-0 Iron  
1989-90 - Sat Mar 24 DIV 4 Iron 2-3 Carlisle Flounders, Lillis
1989-90 - Tue Oct 17 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-1 Iron Lillis
1988-89 - Sat Feb 4 DIV 4 Carlisle 0-3 Iron Lister, Taylor, Flounders
1988-89 - Tue Sep 20 DIV 4 Iron 1-1 Carlisle Flounders
1987-88 - Tue Apr 12 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Carlisle Shearer
1987-88 - Sat Aug 22 DIV 4 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Johnson
1964-65 - Sat Mar 6 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-1 Iron Thomas
1964-65 - Fri Jan 29 DIV 3 Iron 0-1 Carlisle  
1957-58 - Thu May 1 DIV 3N Iron 3-1 Carlisle Davis, Haigh, Brownsword
1957-58 - Sat Oct 26 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-4 Iron Gleadall 2, Fletcher, Marriott
1956-57 - Sat Mar 23 DIV 3N Carlisle 0-0 Iron  
1956-57 - Sat Nov 10 DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Carlisle Luke
1955-56 - Sat 18 Feb DIV 3N Carlisle 1-2 Iron Haigh, Gregory
1955-56 - Sat Oct 8 DIV 3N Iron 4-0 Carlisle Gregory 2, Davies, Haigh
1954-55 - Sat Apr 30 DIV 3N Carlisle 1-2 Iron Brown, Brownsword
1954-55 - Mon Apr 18 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Apr 24 DIV 3N Iron 2-1 Carlisle Hubbard, Gregory
1953-54 - Sat Dec 5 DIV 3N Carlisle 5-1 Iron Gregory
1952-53 - Sat Dec 27 DIV 3N Iron 1-2 Carlisle White
1952-53 - Thu Dec 25 DIV 3N Carlisle 8-0 Iron  
1952-53 - Sat Nov 22 FAC R1 Iron 1-0 Carlisle Whitfield
1951-52 - Thu Apr 24 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Ottewell
1951-52 - Sat Apr 12 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-0 Iron  
1950-51 - Sat Feb 3 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Carlisle Clelland
1950-51 - Sat Sep 23 DIV 3N Carlisle 3-1 Iron Gorin
LEAGUE 27 11 18
FA CUP 2 1 0
CUP 0 1 0
TOTAL 29 14 19


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Match Reports

Report: Carlisle United 2-0 Iron

6 April 2021

Scunthorpe's five game unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night, as they lost 2-0 at Carlisle United.

A Jon Mellish brace on the hour mark sealed the victory for the play-off chasing hosts.

The Iron entered the game making three changes from the side that drew with Crawley Town on Good Friday. Rory Watson, Jordan Clarke and Lewis Spence came in for Mark Howard, Emmanuel Onariase and Abo Eisa.

There was early pressure from the hosts as Carlisle went direct, but the Iron dealt with the early crosses into the box before Clarke did well to see the ball out for a goal kick.

The first corner of the game came the Iron's way in the fifth minute as Mason O’Malley and Devarn Green combined before Alfie Beestin latched onto the ball and forced the corner.

Four minutes later, Jacob Bedeau blocked a volleyed shot, with Rory Watson getting down to seemingly keep the ball in play, but the assistant gave a corner. Bedeau cleared for another corner shortly after.

From that, Lewis Alessandra headed back across goal, with Jack Armer flicking his header wide of the target from close range.

With 14 minutes gone, a long throw by Joe Riley went as far as Aaron Hayden who saw his shot from the edge of the box blocked. The Iron then looked to counter with a ball across to Green on the left, but the hosts cleared.

Green went down in the middle of the pitch two minutes later, with play halted as he received treatment. Eisa came on to replace the wideman.

Carlisle's Offrande Zanzala took a tumble in the penalty area in the 21st minute as a cross was hung in from the right. The referee awarded a free-kick to the Iron though as the Carlisle frontman handled the ball on his way to the ground.

A minute later, Zanzala then sent a half-volley narrowly wide of the target from 12-yards out following a cross from the right from Omari Patrick.

On the half hour mark, Gilliead hooked clear a long throw into the box from Riley on the right side before Bedeau shielded the ball out of play under pressure from Patrick for a goal kick soon after.

Jem Karacan then came in with a brilliant tackle on the edge of the box to intercept from Zanzala as he shaped to shoot.

The Iron had their first chance in the 35th minute as Mason O’Malley drove into the box and sent a low drilled effort across goal, with the effort palmed away for a corner by Paul Farman. It came after a good build-up from the Iron.

Clarke then peeled away from his marker to head the resulting corner towards goal, with Farman getting down to his left to push the effort away.

On 41 minutes, Beestin and Spence battled to win the ball back in midfield and thread the ball to meet Loft’s run, but the Iron frontman had gone marginally too early and was offside.

Just a minute into the second period, Zanzala rolled an early second-half effort from 20-yards wide of Watson’s right-hand post.

Soon after, at the other end, Gilliead did really well down the right side to escape his markers before slipping in for the run of Howe, who won the Iron a corner - which Farman claimed.

In the 49th minute, Carlisle broke quickly with the Iron defence putting in two quick-fire blocks from point blank range following shots from Riley.

Five minutes later, Bedeau turned a low cross from Patrick away for a corner after the Carlisle winger surged down the right channel. The resulting corner went out for another one, before Watson claimed the second confidently.

The 55th minute saw the hosts come forward again with a looping cross towards the far post finding Zanzala, but he put his shot wide of the target.

Carlisle came close two minutes later as Hayden came in at the back post, heading the ball down into the ground, with the effort bouncing up off the surface and over the bar.

The 59th minute saw a brilliant save from Watson, as a free-kick came into the area with a header towards goal from point blank range. The Iron shotstopper managed to push the ball behind for a corner though.

Carlisle netted from the resultant corner though, with Mellish heading home.

There was a second for the hosts just two minutes later, as Riley’s powerful effort was initially blocked before a low cross from the left was turned home by Mellish.

On 70 minutes, Gilliead drove forward and slotted Howe in down the right. His low cross was smothered by Farman though.

There was a double Scunthorpe change in the 75th minute when Olufela Olomola and John McAtee replaced Loft and Beestin.

Carlisle had the next chance a minute later, but Patrick sent a left-footed 20-yard effort over the bar for the hosts.

With five minutes left, Spence passed to Howe, who played a give and go with Gilliead before his cross was turned behind for a corner.

There were four minutes of added time, but no further chances of note as the game ended 2-0 to Carlisle.

Scunthorpe return to action on Saturday when they play host to Tranmere Rovers (3pm kick-off).

CARLISLE: Farman, Tanner, Hayden, Riley (Furman, 80), Guy, Alessandra (Scott, 87), Zanzala (Toure, 73), Patrick (Walker, 87), Mellish, McDonald, Armer.

CARLISLE SUBS NOT USED: Norman, Anderton, Charters.

IRON: Watson, Clarke, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft (Olomola, 75), Green (Eisa, 18), Spence, Beestin (McAtee, 75), Karacan, Howe, O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Hippolyte, Rowe, Jessop.

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