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Carlisle v Sutton preview

28 January 2022

It's the longest trip of the season for Sutton on Saturday with a first ever visit to Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground. U's will be wearing all black.

September's meeting at Sutton was an important one for U's, a convincing 4-0 victory setting aside the disappointment of the previous week's defeat at Exeter (above, Ali Smith scores the second of his goals), while for Carlisle it was the first of three defeats without scoring which were to cost Kenny Beech the manager's job as the Cumbrians languished in 22nd place in the table.

Former Bristol City and Crystal Palace manager Keith Millen has subsequently taken over, and although it took five games for him to register his first League Two win Carlisle's recent form has been good, last week's defeat at leaders Forest Green ending a run of five games unbeaten which has seen them move eight points clear of the bottom two.

One signing this week has been highly rated defender Dynel Simeu, a centre back who was with Chelsea as a youngster before moving at the start of this season to Southampton, from where he has signed on loan for the rest of the season.

Sutton are unbeaten in six league games and also now in the semi finals of the Papa John's Trophy, the draw for which will be at around 7.30 on Saturday evening, but lost third place in the league on Tuesday with Newport's win at Leyton Orient. Will Randall limped off during Tuesday's defeat of Harrogate and faces a fitness test, otherwise with the exception of long term absentees Coby Rowe and Harry Beautyman U's have no injury worries.

Referee tomorrow is Darren Handley from Bolton, who has been a Football League referee since 2014 and whose only previous game in charge of Sutton was the FA Cup 1st round tie at Cambridge United in November 2017.

Tickets are available on the day from the away ticket office in the Pioneer Stand. Prices are Adults £22; Senior (65+) £19; Young Person (18-22) £16; Junior (11-17) £10; Child (7-10) £7; Child (6 and under) free. A family junior is £8, and a maximum of two family junior tickets can be bought with an adult ticket, and a maximum of one with a senior ticket. 

Full travel information is in the news item posted on Wednesday which can be linked to here .

If you can't make it to the game you can listen as always to an audio commentary through the iFollow system. If you don't have a valid monthly or seasonal pass, you can buy a match pass for £2.50 here.

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