POSTED 20th JULY 2018

City made it 15 goals scored in two games as they beat Newlaithes FC 8-0 last night at the D Marks Carpets stadium. To be fair to the visitors, they made it very tough for City in the first half-hour when neither keeper had a save to make. It all changed with two goals in quick succession on 35 minutes as the first was scrambled over the line, and Tom Lucock added the second.
Lucock quickly added his second after the break and Tyran Taylor scored the fourth as he tapped past the keeper. Rob McCartney scored a ten-minute hat-trick to take the score to seven before Lucock also sealed his hat-trick with a last-minute penalty.

POSTED 19th JULY 2018

At the D Marks Carpets Stadium tonight, ko 7.00, City host Newlaithes FC. A long-established junior side in the area, Newlaithes made their debut in senior football last season as they joined the County League and they also experienced a County Cup tie away at Penrith. City should have an 18-man squad this evening, and admission for the game is just £2 for adults and £1 concessions. Food and drink will be on sale at the Little Griddle.

POSTED 18th JULY 2018

City beat Lochar Thistle 7-2 last night at the D Marks Carpets Stadium. With an 18-man squad on the night, City rang the changes during the game whilst Thistle had just the three replacements available. City were ahead virtually from the kick-off as Shiel danced around the keeper before slotting home. In the 17th minute, it was 2-0 with a goal from McCartney but Lochar’s Anderson pulled one back after 24 minutes, despite the best efforts of Townsley and Gallimore who produced great blocks just before.
City were then awarded two penalties in the space of ten minutes, both converted by Kyle Armstrong, sending City in 4-1 up at the break. This lead was quickly increased as Nathan Johnstone scored his first senior goal, following up after Earl’s shot was blocked. Lochar’s Anderson scored his second to reduce the deficit to 5-2, but Marc Shiel added two well-taken goals to give him a hat-trick on the night, and seal a 7-2 win for City.
The friendlies continue tomorrow night at home to Newlaithes ko 7.00 pm

POSTED 17th JULY 2018

We are delighted to report that, for the next three seasons, our home ground here at Gillford Park will be known as the D Marks Carpets Stadium.
Anyone attending tonight’s friendly against Lochar Thistle will notice the re-branding we are doing around the ground, with huge advertising boards being installed at the river end.
Don Marks has been a huge sponsor of Carlisle City since we first moved to Gillford Park, and his business name adorns one of our stands. His carpet business is based on Dalston Road and he is more than happy to visit your home with samples to meet your carpeting needs.
We are all excited with this new venture and we look forward to working with Don over the next three years.

POSTED 17th JULY 2018

In the next pre-season game this evening, City are at home to Lochar Thistle (k.o. 7.30). This is a regular pre-season meeting between the two teams, since the first match in Dumfries in 2015 which was won by Lochar. Since then, City have won twice but it is generally a close game.
Playing in the South of Scotland League, Lochar were in contention for the title last season before eventually losing out to Threave Rovers, who won at Gretna the other evening.
Admission tonight is £2 adults and £1 concessions.

POSTED 16th JULY 2018

The fixtures for the 2018/19 Hallmark Security League season have been released this morning. For the first time in our short history in this league, we begin our campaign with an away game as we travel to Atherton LR on 4th August. This is followed on Tuesday 7th August with a home game against Holker OB, and then on 11th August we go to Chadderton, a team who we have yet to score against in four matches to date. The first home Saturday fixture is not until 18th August, when Bacup Borough are the visitors.
Cup action begins on 15th September in the FA Vase 2nd qualifying round when we travel to the winners of Thackley v Thornaby, who play on 1st September.
The full fixture list is here.

POSTED 15th JULY 2018

City won 3-1 at Whitehaven yesterday in the latest pre-season game. An early goal from Rob McCartney got City off to a flying start and it was 2-0 when Tom Lucock converted a penalty after he had been fouled in the box. After the break, the home side were sharper and they made it 2-1 in the 63rd minute.
City still created chances though and Josh Simpson twice made the keeper work from free-kicks outside the penalty box. City scored the last goal of the game when the home keeper struggled with Scott's cross, and Reece Robinson bundled in from close range.
The next fixture is this Tuesday evening, 17th July, when Lochar Thistle are the visitors (k.o. 7.30)

POSTED 13th JULY 2018

City travel to Whitehaven tomorrow in the next pre-season friendly fixture (k.o. 2.30). The West Cumbrians applied to join the Hallmark Security league this season but were unsuccessful, however a tough test is expected after their 2-2 draw with local rivals Workington Reds last night.
We are afraid that we have had to cancel the planned Reserves fixture due to unavailability of players, and we apologise to Whitehaven for the short notice cancellation.

City Navy under 12s have been invited to Manchester tomorrow morning for a match against Manchester City's academy side.

POSTED 11th JULY 2018

City beat Wigton Harriers 3-1 last night in the second pre-season game. It proved to be a tough test with Wigton holding the lead for over an hour, after taking a 5th-minute advantage with a fine goal. City were sluggish at the start and could easily have fallen further behind. It was Tom Lucock who was most prominent for City in the first period but he failed to convert a chance from very close range, from McCartney’s cross. Just before the break, Wigton had two further chances to score, one saved by Ballantyne and the other being a weak header that wasted the chance.
Wigton did tire quickly in the second period and substitute Kyle Armstrong equalised with a penalty after 66 minutes, before adding a second goal ten minutes later after McCartney’s strong run. Lucock wrapped up the scoring with just four minutes to go.
The friendlies continue on Saturday, with City taking two sides to Whitehaven for a 2.30 ko. The first teams will play on grass with a second game played at the same time on 3G.

POSTED 10th JULY 2018

City meet Wigton Harriers tonight at Gillford Park ko 7.00 pm in our second pre-season game. The Little Griddle will be open for refreshments.

POSTED 6th JULY 2018

City began their pre-season campaign last night with a 3-1 defeat at home to a young and experimental Workington Reds side. City had no new faces in the starting eleven, although striker Marc Shiel has returned to the club after two years away, and defender Chris Nixon was in the starting line-up after playing County League football last season. On the bench was keeper Kyle Townsley, who has joined from Northbank. A mixture of injury, accident, holidays and illness meant that City’s only other outfield substitute at kick-off time was Kieron Foster along with player-coach Carl Carr, and they were joined by Michael Slack who arrived at the ground after his cricket commitments.
Workington began with their star signing Jason Walker in attack, and he gave them the lead after a poor Hoolickin back-pass. Reds rang the changes at half-time, with eight substitutions, and City did well throughout most of this half, having a goal unluckily disallowed as Greenslade’s header dropped into the net only for the assistant’s flag to be raised. However, Reds added the second from a Maguire shot in the 70th minute and the same player scored from the penalty spot five minutes later.
City had the last word as James Earl scored against his old side with a well-placed effort with ten minutes to go. City’s next friendly is home to Wigton Harriers on Tuesday evening, ko 7.00 pm.

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