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9th April 2004 
Carlisle Utd
At Brunton Park
10/4/04 3:00pm
Many people will be thinking that this might be the last time that Carlisle and our good selves cross swords in League 2 for at least one season.  And not before time you'll say.

They always beat us.  It's a long way to go and they are our bogey team.

They may always end up winning and be our bogey team but I think we'll still be playing them next season because I don't think that they'll be relegated this time.  Carlisle have always been the proverbial Houdini merchants, escaping by the skin of their teeth and I think it'll be close again this time.  The final table could be decided on goal difference.

It doesn't help our cause, because we're not out of the woods yet, that we have to play a Carlisle side that have posted some good results in recent games.  The best one coming last weekend when they beat Swansea City 2-1 down in Wales.

They'll be without Kevin Henderson, Chris Billy and Will McDonagh.  They have been ruled out for the rest of the season but their manager, Paul Simpson, has bought bad boy Richie Foran back to the fold after he was almost sacked for loutish behaviour at a Carlisle nightclub a few weeks ago.  He seems to be back in favour so if he plays against us we shouldn't expect any favours from him.

Our biggest disappointment will be the missing Dean Bennett.  He was carried off with a knee injury against Hull City last week and it has now been revealed that he has cartilage damage.  He was due to see a specialist yesterday to determine the full extent of the injury and whether it needs surgery.  If it does then he played his last game of the season last weekend.

Sadly we also seemed to have seen the last of Adrian Viveash in that game too.  No matter how much we wanted him at Aggborough he has decided to return to Swindon to seek his fortune.  I know we shouldn't be spiteful about it but I hope Swindon release him from his contract during the summer.

Dean Keates is still out serving the last instalment of his three match ban and will be back for the Huddersfield game on Easter Monday.  Adam Willis and Kenny Coleman are still missing but there may be a place on the bench for Lee Jenkins now that he's on his way to full recovery.

Adam Murray could also be `highly doubtful' to play because of a stomach problem but I think he'll make it although Jan might opt to have him on the bench for an away game.

Tomorrows game against Carlisle will be the last of Ian Fosters loan spell but Jan Molby is convinced that Chester City will allow him to stay until the end of the season.  And beyond.

This is a game that we know from past experience will be tough one to crack but I think we'll be sharing a point with the Houdini experts.


Harriers from:
Danby, Brock, Stamps, Gadsby, Burton, Hatswell, Jenkins, Murray, Yates, Hinton, Parrish, Brown, Clarke, Ward, Christiansen, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.

Carlisle from:
Glennon, Keen, Arnison, Cowan, Raven, Shelley, Kelly, Murphy, Foran, Duffield, Rundle, Andrews, Gray, Summerbell, Langmead, Farrell, McGill, Jack, Simpson, Boyd, Preece.
Previous games against Carlisle
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
2 - 1
2002 - 03
1 - 2
2 - 2
2001 - 02
2 - 2
0 - 1
2000 - 01
0 - 1
0 - 2
2 - 1
0 - 2

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