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Match Preview: Carlisle United

4 November 2022

There’s a break in Sky Bet League Two action as Rovers look ahead to facing a trip to Carlisle United in F.A. Cup action this weekend.

It’s the second meeting in three games between the two sides after Carlisle won the first encounter last Saturday, running out 0-2 victors at Prenton Park.

But after a goalless draw against Stockport County on Tuesday night, Micky Mellon’s side will be hoping to build positively on the stalemate by progressing into the second round of the F.A. Cup.

As for the home side, Carlisle have been in fine form under Paul Simpson going unbeaten in nine league games but after losing their last three since that unbeaten run before the game at Prenton Park, they’ll be keen to build on the win over Rovers and start building momentum towards their promotion push once more.

Team News:

Paul Lewis came on as a substitute against Stockport after returning from injury so will be in contention this weekend.

Tom Davies returned to the matchday squad on Tuesday night which is a positive for Rovers.

Charlie Jolley had his first light session back on the grass this week in his long road to recovery from a serious knee injury.

Luke Robinson and Joel Mumbongo remain sidelined.

One to Watch: Kristian Dennis

After being born in Manchester, Dennis came through the ranks at Macclesfield Town where he made four professional appearances before moving around teams within the non-league system.

In 2016, he joined Chesterfield where he had a decent spell in front of goal and then moved for two seasons at Notts County before moving North of the border with St Mirren.

After yet another two-year long spell, 2022 saw the striker join Carlisle United where he has hit the ground running, certainly in this campaign.

So far in 22/23, Dennis has nine goals in 15 appearances so far this season and with his contract up in 2023, he may well be earning himself a new deal with some impressive performances including getting a brace at Prenton Park during his last outing.

Manager: Paul Simpson

After re-joining his hometown club, Paul Simpson has loved being back at Carlisle United and has the Blues in good stead once again after steering them away from relegation last season.

His first spell saw his win back-to-back promotions before experiencing time with Preston, Stockport and England Under 20s where he won the World Cup in 2017.

Now back at Brunton Park, Simpson is hoping Carlisle can build on a positive start and finish in the top part of the table whilst also looking for an exciting cup run starting this weekend. 

Match Coverage:

This weekend's live commentary is only available for supporters who have already purchased a monthly or season audio pass due to competition rights. You can buy a monthly or season audio pass by clicking here.

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Carlisle United 2-1 Tranmere Rovers

5 November 2022

Tranmere Rovers fell to defeat at the hands of Carlisle United on Saturday to exit the Emirates FA Cup at the first attempt.

Despite Neill Byrne’s header in the last ten minutes, Carlisle goals either side of the break was enough to see the Cumbrians into the hat for the second round.

Rovers had the first clear sight of goal when Kane Hemmings found space in behind courtesy of a Kieron Morris pass but his effort on the stretch was foiled by Holy.

The home side responded by carving out a chance of their own when Jack Ellis got to the byline and cut back to Callum Guy who shot low towards the bottom left corner but Tom Davies was there to block.

On the 18th minute Carlisle had a golden chance to open the scoring. Jordan Gibson’s shot from the edge of the box deflected into the path of Jon Mellish who rifled a shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Just before the hour mark, the home side took the lead. Toby Sho-Silva broke the offside trap to get in behind before firing a shot towards goal which Ross Doohan spilled into the path of Gibson who fired into an empty net from close range.

Sho-Silva showed his pace again not long after by finding space in behind once again but Davies recovered well to deflect his shot wide of the front post.

Tranmere made a change at the break with Josh Hawkes replacing Kyle Jameson and a change of shape and it nearly paid dividend immediately.

Ethan Bristow’s cross looped up into the air and Dynel Simeu leapt highest to beat Thomas Holy to the ball but the referee signalled for a foul however there didn’t seem to be much in it.

Rovers seemed to have found their rhythm for the first time in the game and should have been level if it wasn’t for an excellent block by Huntington. Kieron Morris beat his man down the right and picked out Josh Hawkes who shot first time and was unlucky not to score.

It was a sucker punch for Tranmere a few minute later when the Cumbrians doubled their advantage. Jayden Harris got into the Rovers box and rounded Ross Doohan before bundling the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Dynel Simeu.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Tranmere gave themselves a lifeline. A quick free kick gave Kane Hemmings a chance to get a shot off inside the box which Holy parried into the path of Neill Byrne who duly obliged to head into an empty net.

Rovers huffed and puffed in the closing stages with crosses and set pieces into the box but Carlisle stood firm to secure their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Tranmere Rovers team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Simeu (Taylor 90’), Davies (Byrne 75’), Jameson (Hawkes 45’), Bristow, Merrie, O’Connor (McAlear 60’), Morris, Lewis (Nevitt 60’), Hemmings

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