Ten things about Carlisle United away!

  1. Brunton Park is a ground that can best be described as ‘one of character.’ Much like places like Grimsby Town’s Blundell Park, it is a stadium that has most definitely seen better days, but  is one that you would much prefer travelling to than soulless ones such as Chester City’s Deva Stadium, because you can literally taste / smell the history behind it, and long may such stadium’s remain amongst the echelons of the English Football League!
  2. The manner of our defeat to Carlisle felt like a dagger to the heart of the Silkmen faithful who had travelled the three hour journey to the English Scottish border to  support their beloved blues, and how it must have felt to our eleven heroes on the pitch must have been intensified a thousand times! They say that ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ and I sincerely hope that this is the case because the lads really did not deserve to lose that game, and I am sure that even the most myopic of Carlisle fans would agree that we deserved a draw at the very least!
  3. The Silkmen team have been seriously blighted by an incredible run of lengthy and significant injuries to key members of the squad; something that was palpably absent during our glorious Vanarama National League Championship winning season of 2017/18. I have to admit that when I saw the Silkmen line up prior to the game, I genuinely feared a hammering against the in form Cumbrians who had recently been banging the goals in for fun; most notably the 6-0 hammering of Oldham Athletic that had led to the demise of manager Frankie Bunn over the last several days! How wrong was I?
  4. The Silkmen started off like the proverbial ‘bat out of hell’ and deservedly took the lead through Scotty Wilson who appears to be like a striker reborn under Sol’s tutelage, and the goal itself was an excellent finish as a consequence of a very slick Silkmen move. The Cumbrians showed they were more than a useful side, forcing the excellent O’Hara into several very decent saves, most notably a one on one which drew huge accolades from the Silkmen faithful before they deservedly drew level.
  5. As we sipped our half-time brews / pints in the concourse, a number of my Silkmen brethren contemplated as to the state of play, and felt that a draw was a fair reflection of the game thus far. We expected a Carlisle onslaught but all that I spoke with shared my view that a draw against the high flying Cumbrians would demonstrate an excellent return to our away day efforts over the Christmas period!
  6. To our surprise, the second period of the game was a lot less traumatic than expected, and to be fair it was the Silkmen who posed the greatest threat. The further the game went on, the more confident yours truly and his counterparts felt as to us achieving at least a point which which we scarcely believed was possible at the start of play!
  7. As the dying embers of the game were being played out, it seemed to yours truly that if anyone was going to get all three points, it was us. Then completely against the run of play the Cumbrians broke to score a decisive winning goal to provide them with a victory that they scarcely deserved! Yours truly kicked at an imaginary ball in utter disbelief, and within a few minutes (that appeared to fly by), we had lost to a side that we had deserved a minimum of a point against!
  8. At the end of the game, the 179 travelling supporters rose as one to acknowledge the fantastic efforts of our under strength team who had so nearly achieved a modern day miracle in drawing against / defeating a team riding high in our league!! The support as always was incredible and the players rightly acknowledged the support given by coming over to us en-masse to recognise the acclaim given despite our loss!
  9. The fantastic support away from home for our beloved blues remains a constant positive and this is evident by the way in which the players came over to the away following who chanted for their team loudly and proudly despite defeat! I have to be honest in stating that I was gutted by our loss which was so undeserved and this appears to be verified by many of my Silkmen compatriots in attendance who recognised the contribution given by the team.
  10. Only a few short weeks ago, if anyone had told me that we would be second bottom on 20 points and only a few points from those around us, I would have ‘bitten your hand off’ in the proverbial sense of course!! We now have 21 cup finals to go, and there can be nothing but this continuation of positive support home and away to help us achieve another footballing miracle and remain in the Football League. I am Silkmen till I die!!

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