It’s a committed football fan who would even consider making a 700 mile round trip to see their heroes play. Nevertheless the away end certainly won’t be empty at Carlisle’s Brunton Park as Exeter City embark on the second-longest journey of any club in the Football League.
It’s too early to say with any conviction whether Carlisle United have turned a corner or not. Hopes are continually dashed in the far North-west as hard-fought victories are cancelled out by defeats which should never have been. The story of Carlisle’s season.
Much was expected of new manager Keith Curle when he arrived earlier in the season and so far he appears to be making the most of the players at his disposal. New signing Charlie Wyke would appear to be an inspired signing having found the back of the net five times since his arrival in late January and come the summer transfer window, Curle will have the opportunity to perhaps make some further inspired choices.
That is all in the future however. Much needs to be done now to ensure that Carlisle United maintain their league status for next season and they can go a long way towards ensuring that if they can beat Exeter City on Saturday.
The Grecians have had an indifferent sort of season and whilst they remain safe from the relegation zone they are making no threat whatsoever to the play-off places. Nevertheless, the side are without a win in their last seven outings and this doesn’t exactly bode well ahead of their journey to Cumbria on Saturday.
Indeed, they will be facing a Carlisle United side which will be buoyed by some promising performances of late. That’s not to say that Carlisle have been setting the bottom half of the table alight, although there are signs that team spirit has improved immeasurably and this is certainly being reflected on-field.
Let’s cut to the chase then. This isn’t going to be a pretty encounter and a typical League Two hard-fought scrap is the order of the day. It is one which Carlisle should win though, based on their more determined approach which has been missing for much of the season.
It hasn’t been easy escaping the relegation zone and much still needs to be done, however three points on Saturday will send the Cumbrians very much on the road to recovery and send Exeter on a long road home empty handed.
Our betting tips
Carlisle to win – Bet365 17/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Charlie Wyke – Coral 15/8