Media Intern Chris Gadsby continues his look at our opponents this season with Carlisle United...
Carlisle United Football ClubFull Name:
Cumbrians, Blues, Blue and White armyNickname:
Brunton Park (Capacity 18,202)Ground:
Played 2, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 3, Goals Against 5Record against County:
20Last Season:th– Carlisle United had a difficult season last year, failing to get out of the bottom third of the league for its entirety. They also spent a period of the early season at the bottom of the league. From 46 games in the league, Carlisle were only higher than 20thon five occasions. Seven teams, including Newport County, did the double over the Cumbrians, and it was Cambridge United who dealt the biggest blow with a 5-0 thrashing. They finished nine points clear of the bottom two but their fans will be hoping for a much more comfortable season next time around.
Kyle Dempsey – he scored ten goals in the league last season but also got into a bit of trouble with discipline, being sent off with numerous bookings. The young player was a product of Carlisle United’s youth team and has a promising future although Newport were able to keep him away from goal both at Rodney Parade and Brunton Park.Key Player:
26Fixtures:thSeptember (A) 13thFebruary (H)
Prediction:After struggling so much in the league last season it is difficult to predict anything other than a repeat for Carlisle United in the upcoming campaign. Unlike some other teams in the division though, United do not appear to rely heavily on a single player to score their goals. The trouble that they may have over the summer is bringing in players that are really capable of performing at League 2 level. Their performance last year has not made Carlisle an appealing target for players that are already in the football league and players from non-league are often unproven. Carlisle could well be in a relegation battle again next May.