Friday, 19 April 2013

Dare Carlisle spoil the Cherries' party?

There is an invited guest to AFCB's final home match of the season and while its always exciting to have a highly competitive game, do you know what? Most AFCB fans would probably rather Carlisle Utd did not put up too much resistance on Saturday. Who wants to be a party pooper anyway?

Well let's see what the have to offer in the way of danger men and their current form going into this match.

Carlisle are 15th in League One and well clear of relegation worries but could perhaps have done slightly better this season. I was rather surprised that they never managed to secure a higher position than the eighth spot they had in the table after the first week of the season.

They have let in a staggering 72 goals this season by far the most of any team in the division so defence is not their strong point. However
, keeper Mark Gillespie has been in great form between the sticks of late - he has had to be when so many of his defenders have gone awol I suspect.

January was their low point when they plummeted to 20th position, but they have steadily recovered their form since then under manager Greg Abbott's guidance.

Their away form has certainly been a mixed bag having won 7, draw 6 and lost 9. They certainly excelled in their last away game beating Doncaster 2:0 with Liam Noble scoring both goals. Noble also scored in the Cumbrians' away outing before that at Oldham, so he is one to watch. Top of their goal scoring chart are strikers Lee Miller, Joe Garner and defender Matt Robson all of whom are on 8 for the season.

You may also remember striker Danny Cadamarteri who has played for Everton and more recently Huddersfield Town, well he is on Carlisle's books and featured in their last outing as a sub against Preston.

While Carlisle managed a 1:1 draw with us last season at Dean Court, when Robert and Stephen were the mascots (not much luck from them on that day then!), Bournemouth beat then 2:4 in the reverse fixture last October and AFCB are likely to be aiming for a similar target of 4 goals this time around, but with a clean sheet at the other end as well.

The Cherries are going for a club record of 8 wins in a row. Automatic promotion form don't you think? Meanwhile, Pitman has Defoe's consecutive goal record to go for as well.

I am hoping it could be a long drive back home for the Cumbrians.

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