Back to back league wins have left Carlisle just four points outside the play-off places, and just a point off Saturday’s opponents.
The 4-0 victory at Swindon was only the second the Blues have managed in their history. and impressively so against a Swindon side with a new manager in tow.
Many felt the appointment of Richie Wellens would galvanise the squad, nonetheless, an already battered squad of late seemed to capitulate.
Despite the hostilities at Swindon, John Sheridan’s side were well worth the three points and scored in a clinical nature – something that John has admitted has been a problem of late.
Ahead of the weekend, the Cumbrian faithful will be more optimistic of a result, of the back of breaking their dismal home run of defeats and winning two on the bounce. contrarily, failure to gain consistency and momentum has been key to Carlisle’s average start to the season.
Confidence could also be up as Forest Green are without a win in their last five, however, they are team aiming high who certainly wont be push overs.
Forest Green certainly split opinion among football fans for some more obvious reasons than others, though despite this Mark Cooper is certainly helping build the project at the heart of the club based in Gloucestershire.
After promotion from the National League, the club survived last season by just a solitary point.
This will just prove to be a single stepping stone in many, as owner Dale Vince has big plans for the club.
The ” green energy” industrialist made Forest Green the first all vegan club in the world in 2015, arguably met to some disappointment by travelling away fans when looking at the menus!
This year he has also caused ripples by having a faded star embodied on the clubs shirt, to signify that they will soon make it out of League Two.
These high aims may not be so laughable after all as the money being pumped in is proving dividends so far this season.
Reuben Reid is one player that they have managed to bring through the doors in the last year, and the experienced campaigner is still getting the goals into his early 30’s.
In a relatively new fixture Carlisle have so far come out on top.
Last year was Forest Green’s first venture into the Football League and both match-ups ended in narrow 1-0 victories for the Blues.
The visitors will be hoping for better fortune tomorrow, and to gain a first goal against the Cumbrians.
Unsurprisingly, I will go with 1-0 Carlisle.
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