After back-to-back home defeats this week, Carlisle will be hoping their away comforts continue in the short trip to Oldham.
Tuesday nights defeat at home to Grimsby was a dreary night to say the least at Brunton Park, with an attendance barely over 3,000 as well as losing to 2018’s whipping boys.
Grimsby went into the game on the back of six successive league defeats, however, managed to rally on towards a 1-0 victory away from home.
This weekends task, on paper, should be a harder contest for the Blues, nevertheless, recent form and inconsistency suggest anything can happen.
Of interest to both sets of supporters on Saturday will be Anthony Gerrard, former Oldham captain, who supposedly was sacked by the Latics when leaving to join Carlisle this summer.
Lets just say the fiery character will be in for a tough day presumably by the home support…
The home team, now managed by club icon Frankie Bunn, have got of too a respectable start in their pastures new – returning to League Two for the first time since 1970.
Bunn’s side are 8th in the table, nonetheless, they could easily be doing a lot better. As it stands they have five draws to their name, three of which coming in the last three games.
These though have been well-earned draws with scoreless results against Strong Swindon and Mansfield certainly being good enough results away from home.
If they went want to make the next step that is promotion they will certainly need to look to the leaders in the team.
Chris O’Grady and Peter Clarke seem like they have been around for ever and these experienced heads have the know-how to get out of a division.
- The two haven’t met in the fourth division for 56 years.
- Played 16 league games in a row, until Carlisle were relegated to League Two.
- Oldham won the last two league games, however, Carlisle have won meetings in the FA cup and Checkatrade Trophy since.
- Eighty meetings between the sides; Carlisle 34 wins to Oldham’s 27.
Carlisle: Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Slater, Devitt, Etuhu, Sowerby, Nadasen, Hope.
Oldham: Iversen, Hunt, Edmundson, Taylor, Dummigan, Missilou, Gardner, Lang, O’Grady, Miller.
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Richie Bennett was one of those unavailable on Tuesday and things didn’t get much better when star man Jamie Devitt was forced to come off late in the first half.
The time scales arent all known yet, though this is a massive loss whatever the severity.
On a more positive note Mike Jones could be back in action, while Jerry Yates has now seen out his suspension.
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