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The Big Match Preview: Carlisle vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of tonight's game.

17 October 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Carlisle United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 17th October 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
Brunton Park
Referee: Scott Duncan

It took the league leaders’ grittiest resolve to end Wanderers’ four game winning run at the weekend, but with performances reaching a superb standard on a consistent basis, the Chairboys carry plenty of belief into tonight’s clash at Brunton Park as they seek to continue their long unbeaten run on their travels.

February was the last time Wycombe tasted defeat away from home, at a period where Carlisle were on a seemingly unstoppable charge to League 1, but Keith Curle’s men suffered a drastic dip in form and ultimately lost out in the play-off semi-finals to Exeter.

Their bid to avenge that disappointment has begun slower than they might have liked, currently sitting 14th in the table, and while they have the second highest number of away wins in the division, they’ve only once at home, back in August.

They’ll be looking to put that right while Wanderers won’t want to face the long coach journey home with anything less than a point to show for their efforts.

Team news
Keith Curle could recall Jamie Devitt to the starting line-up after he netted the winner from the bench at Colchester last time out, while midfielder Jason Kennedy is still building up fitness after a spell out injured. Steven Rigg could earn a second debut, having rejoined the club recently.

Wycombe could only field six substitutes on Saturday and will be without the suspended Marcus Bean, while Gareth Ainsworth was assessing the fitness of Sam Saunders and Josh Umerah over the weekend in the hope of having either or both available again.

Wanderers hold the upper hand with seven wins from the 20 meetings in all competitions, which includes the play-off semi-finals in 1994.

However Carlisle won both meetings last year, including the 1-0 win at Brunton Park in September 2016. They hadn’t won in seven encounters prior to that.

Man in the middle
Scott Duncan has never officiated in a Wycombe game before, despite making his EFL debut in 2012.

So far this season he’s shown 26 yellow and two red cards in 12 games.

Wanderers will be wearing their second-choice Utilita-sponsored orange strip this evening.

Tickets for the game can now only be purchased on arrival.

Tickets, which will have reserved seating in the Pioneer Foods Stand, are priced as follows:

Adults: £22
Senior (65+): £19
Young Person (18-22): £16
Junior (11-17): £10
Child (10 and under): £7
Child (6 and under): Free

Please note: All tickets will increase by £3 on the day of the game with the exception of Junior and Child rates.

All child tickets must be accompanied and can not be purchased singularly.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the ticket office at the away end from 6.30pm.

By Adrian Wood

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). Continue on the M6 as far as J43. At the Rosehill roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A69. The blue roof of the Pioneer Foods stand can be seen on the right hand side, almost as soon as you leave the roundabout.  Keep going straight ahead along Warwick Road. After passing through the third set of traffic lights, you come to the ground on your right hand side. The Club Shop and Hugh McIlmoyle statue mark the main entrance to the ground.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 287 (average journey time 4 hours 35 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
From the M6 turn right at the 3rd set of traffic lights and drive through the gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park. Cars are charged £3.00. Otherwise there is some street parking available.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12 noon. Travel prices will be £33 for members. Non members are required to pay at the time of booking their seat. If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail ( you need to do so by Sunday 15th October at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
As this is an evening fixture, there is no return available on the day, the last southbound departure from Carlisle being 20:07 hours. If you are using the train to travel up on the day, Virgin Trains operate a regular direct service from London Euston with the quickest journey time 3 hours 16 minutes. Walking directions from Carlisle Citadel Station are as follows. Walk straight ahead across Botchergate and walk along The Crescent until you see the start of Warwick Road on the right, next to Nandos. Brunton Park is about a 20 minute walk from the start of Warwick Road.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are usually housed on one side of the Pioneer (East) Stand (towards the Petterill End). This is a relatively new covered and all seated stand located at one side of the pitch. It has food and drink outlets in the concourse underneath. The view of the playing area is good. Away fans can purchase tickets from the away ticket office behind the East Stand.

Spare time before or after match?
The nearest hostelry to the ground is ‘The Beehive’ on Warwick Road. This tends to get very busy on match days. There is also the ‘Howard Arms’ on Lowther Street. This is just off Warwick Road, towards the Town Centre, down from the ‘White House’. Another option is the Carlisle Rugby Club next to Brunton Park on Warwick Road which has a club bar, allows in away supporters, and is family friendly. Finally if you leave the M6 at Junction 43 and take the A69 towards Carlisle, you will pass a Toby pub/carvery which is not that far from the ground. At the ground there is a bar in the away section of the concourse.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Matt Cecil and Tom Jarvis, or if you’re overseas, you can watch a live stream via the service. There’ll be regular updates as usual across social media.

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