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Match Preview: Carlisle United

1 April 2022

We’re back on home soil and looking to get back to winning ways to maintain the promotion push as Carlisle United are the visitors to Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

With the best home record in Sky Bet League Two, Micky Mellon will be hoping to pick up another key win at home as Carlisle look to continue their impressive start under club legend Paul Simpson after they have given themselves some breathing space from the relegation places.

After Saturday’s last-gasp defeat in Essex, the League Two table got even tighter with Tranmere slipping to seventh but still sitting just three points off Northampton Town in the 3rd and final automatic promotion spot, highlighting just how tight the league table is.

And with back-to-back home games, Rovers will look to build some momentum as the league’s final standings are sure to go down to the wire.

Team News:

Jay Spearing and Nicky Maynard returned to the bench last week at Colchester and have stepped up their fitness this week.

Kieron Morris is available for selection again after a shoulder injury, as if Lee O'Connor after being away on international duty.

One to Watch: Omari Patrick

Carlisle’s top scorer this season, Omari Patrick has thrived since the arrival of Paul Simpson.

After the new manager has revived the Cumbrians’ season, Patrick has been in fine form and helped United get out of what looked to be a dreaded end to the League Two season.

After a number of failed trials with the likes of Brentford, Barnet and Rangers, he finally made his way into the football league after a successful trial with Barnsley’s Under 23’s.

Following on from a couple of loan spells, Patrick completed a switch from Carlisle to Burton Albion before re-joining the Cumbrian side on an 18-month contract where he has found some form this campaign and will be hoping to build on it next year.

With seven goals so far in league action this campaign, he will hope to add a couple more before the season is out.

Manager: Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson’s return to Bruton Park has gone down a treat with the Carlisle faithful since a turn of results has seen them move out of the relegation spots and just a few wins away from safety for another season.

After being born in Carlisle, he eventually ended his playing career there and took over originally in a player-manager role.

After experiencing financial trouble and being placed under a transfer-embargo, Simpson oversaw the immediate return to League Two as play-off winners from the conference before gaining back-to-back promotions and getting the club to League One in 2005/06. 

Following on from his success, he left to join Preston North End before having spells with Shrewsbury and Stockport before taking up a role with the England Academy set up. 

Simpson was re-appointed as the Carlisle manager in late February and has since moved them out of the relegation places and look to be more than likely safe for this season.

Match Coverage:

TRFC Radio will be in position to provide live full match commentary on proceedings at Prenton Park.

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You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.
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Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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