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Away Days: Carlisle United vs Stevenage

17 March 2023

Second-placed Stevenage travel to Cumbria to face third-placed Carlisle in a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash…

Boro sit just two points above the Cumbrians as the race for automatic promotion reaches boiling point. Steve Evans’ side come into this match after two comfortable home victories against Walsall and Crewe, and they look to be regaining form.


After a 20th place finish in Sky Bet League Two last campaign, Carlisle went into this season looking to drastically improve. Under Paul Simpson, they have done exactly that as they currently sit third in the table after winning eighteen from thirty-five league matches. The Cumbrians are the current top scorers in Sky Bet League Two, having netted fifty-eight over the course of the season.

Carlisle have picked up twelve points from a possible twelve in their last four matches, with their most recent victory coming last weekend in a 2-1 win away to Swindon. Before that, The Cumbrians welcomed Grimsby to Brunton Park before Alfie McCalmont and Jordan Gibson’s first-half goals rounded off a 2-0 victory.

Paul Simpson took over as Carlisle boss in February 2022 when the side were in the relegation zone and, similarly to Steve Evans at Stevenage, has guided his side up the table in a relatively short period of time. As a player, Simpson appeared over 120 times for Manchester City in the 1980s and ended his playing career at Brunton Park.


Boro and The Cumbrians have become very familiar with each other over the past decade, but the 2004/05 Conference campaign was the first time the two clubs met. In both league fixtures, Stevenage pulled off 2-1 victories but ultimately when the sides met in the play-off final, Carlisle got the last laugh.

From eleven attempts, Stevenage have won at Brunton Park on just three occasions. In the 2017/18 campaign, Darren Sarll’s Boro travelled north and picked up a 2-0 victory, with Tom Pett and Ben Kennedy grabbing the goals. Terence Vancooten made just his second league start for Stevenage on that day.

This season’s reverse fixture went in Boro’s favour as they earned themselves a 2-1 victory at the Lamex Stadium, with wing-backs Max Clark and Kane Smith getting on the scoresheet.


Carlisle have played their home matches at Brunton Park since it was built in 1909. It is the largest football stadium in England which is not all-seater, and has a capacity of 17,949. A record attendance of 27,500 was set in 1957 as Carlisle hosted Birmingham City.


Tom Reeves has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s match with Mark Cunliffe and Blake Antrobus as his assistants, and Darren Handley as Fourth Official. Reeves has handed out ninety-five yellow cards and four reds in twenty-nine matches this season.


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Match Reports

Report: Carlisle United 0-0 Stevenage

18 March 2023

Stevenage pick up a well-earned point in Cumbria...

Stevenage made the extremely long trip North to face fellow promotion hopefuls Carlisle who, before the match, sat two points behind Boro in the fight for automatic promotion. Steve Evans made just the one change from Tuesday’s victory at home to Crewe as Jamie Reid replaced the injured Jordan Roberts.

The opening five minutes were reasonably open with both sides looking to go for it and break the deadlock. Jamie Reid, playing wider than usual, carried the ball forward before having the first shot of the game, but his low driven effort from range trickled past the post.

Ten minutes later, Carlisle’s Owen Moxon noticed Jon McCracken off his line and attempted to chip the goalkeeper from just past the halfway line, but his effort didn’t have enough power on it as McCracken caught with ease.

The Cumbrians regained possession of the ball just outside the area minutes later, with the ball falling nicely for Jack Armer who tried his luck but fired wide of the mark.

The hosts were piling on the pressure before the half-hour mark and even had the ball in the back of the net through Joe Garner’s tap-in, but the linesmen raised his flag for offside to keep the score level.

Jake Taylor went down with a knock minutes later and was subsequently replaced by Jake Forster-Caskey in midfield.

Carlisle returned on the offence once again five minutes before the break, with a dangerous cross being sent into the box, but Kane Smith superbly headed the danger away.

Boro continued to defend well for the remainder of the half as they withstood the pressure and went into the break with the deadlock yet to be broken.

Steve Evans’ men began the second half brightly as they looked to take the lead immediately. Luke Norris held the ball up well before picking out Alex Gilbey on the edge of the area, who took a touch and fired inches wide.

Gilbey was awarded another opportunity moments later as he raced forward to receive the ball, but again fired just wide. Stevenage were on the front foot at this stage and came close again with Dan Sweeney striking past the post from a corner.

With twenty minutes remaining, Dan Sweeney brought down his man just outside the area and was booked. From the resulting free-kick, Carlisle opted to go short, but it came to nothing.

Steve Evans made his second substitution of the afternoon five minutes later, with Michael Bostwick coming on for Josh March who went down with a knock. Bostwick slotted into midfield as Jamie Reid and Luke Norris played up top.

Michael Bostwick looked to make an immediate impact from midfield as he drove forward with the ball before striking powerfully towards goal, but his effort flew past the post.

With under ten minutes to go, Boro came ever so close to taking the lead as Jamie Reid played it into Luke Norris, but the ball was snatched from under him just before he could slot it home. Then, up the other end, Kristian Dennis looked to be through on goal, but Jon McCracken was quick off his line to clear the danger.

The Fourth Official held up five minutes of added time as the score remained goalless. Neither goalkeeper was tested as both sides defended well. Jon McCracken’s free-kick was the last kick of the game as Boro went home with a well-earned point.

Stevenage return to The Lamex Stadium next Saturday as they face another promotion hopeful in Salford City.

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Tickets & Travel: Carlisle United

16 March 2023

Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s trip to Carlisle United on Saturday 18th March 2023…

Kicking off at 3pm in Sky Bet League Two, Steve Evans’ men make the 545-mile round trip to Brunton Park to take on Paul Simpson’s Cumbrians.

Match tickets are available online at, from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm) and from Brunton Park’s away ticket office on the day of the game for a £3 increase.

Disabled supporters’ tickets cost £5 and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

*A maximum of x2 Family Junior tickets per adult or x1 Family Junior tickets per 65+.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 13th March but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until 7.45pm on Tuesday 14th March.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 8.30am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £40 for SA members and £45 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Carlisle at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to Brunton Park, click here.


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