Exeter is a considerable distance from Carlisle – some 350 miles in fact – however this didn’t deter a sizeable contingent of travelling fans from making the lengthy trip to St James’ Park in the final game of the regular season and it certainly won’t be stopping those same fans from making the same journey just eleven days later.
Reports suggest that over 700 away tickets have already been sold for this week’s match and given that some sixteen goals have been scored in the three matches between these two sides already this season, it is little wonder that a huge amount of interest is being generated.
Carlisle United enjoyed two 3-2 wins over the Grecians in the regular season, however their meeting in the play-off semi-final first-leg at Brunton Park was even more of a thriller. Nearly 10,000 crammed into the ground to witness a thrilling end-to-end affair in which the visitors stormed into a 3-1 lead only for the hosts to score twice in a two-minute spell in the second-half. Indeed Carlisle United have lost a mere five times away from Brunton Park this season and the manner in which they fought back to level the scores in their last outing will certainly give Exeter City food for thought on Thursday evening.
Can the Cumbrians once again enjoy an edge over their rivals at St James’ Park on Thursday evening? One will certainly fancy their chances. The Grecians have been far from consistent at home this season with only eight wins to their name in front of their home fans and ten League Two sides heading home with the three points in the bag.
Keith Curle’s men have had to fight back from behind in all three of their meetings with Exeter City this season and whilst the home side start as 21/20 favourites to win in ninety minutes, we’re anticipating a closely-fought affair in which the visiting Cumbrians will once again take the fight very much to the home side and be rewarded with the win which will take them to Wembley.