League Two takes a back seat tonight as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy takes centre stage with Stanley hosting Carlisle United.
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Stanley and Carlisle United meet at the Store First Stadium hoping that a change of competition will bring about a change in fortunes.
Both teams are looking for their first win of the season, with the visitors having sacked manager Graham Kavanagh yesterday and with a caretaker partnership at the helm.
A place in round two and a step nearer to Wembley is the prize for victory – as well as the confidence a win will bring for a return to league action at the weekend.
James Beattie’s options are somewhat limited by illness in the squad that could sideline a number of players for the game.
Full back Michael Liddle has returned to training and has an outside chance of playing some part.
Deadline day signing Andy Procter is fit and available but his move is awaiting ratification before he’s able to play.
Carlisle United were relegated from League One last season and began the new campaign with high hopes of competing at the top end of League Two.
The opening games have proved to be tough for the Cumbrians, who are without a win in their five league games and one cup tie.
That run led the board to the decision to dismiss manager Graham Kavanagh this week meaning that the club head down the M6 looking for their opening win and a new boss.
Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig
Following Kavanagh’s dismissal club captain Paul Thirwell and goalkeeping coach Tony Caig were handed temporary control at Brunton Park.
35-year-old midfielder Thirlwell knows all about the club having been there since 2006 and has now been handed the task of stepping up into the managerial vacancy.
Caig also played for the club, for almost a decade in the 1990s, before moving into coaching as his playing career drew to a close.
Carlisle’s signing of Paynter on a two-year contract from Doncaster Rovers was seen as a real coup for the League Two club.
The 29-year-old was released from his contract at the Keepmoat Stadium at
the back end of last season.
It was a move to Swindon Town which really kick started Paynter’s career as he
bagged 51 goals in 135 appearances.
The two sides have met on 55 previous occasions and it’s Carlisle who hold the upper hand with 28 wins to Stanley’s 18
Only five of those meetings have come since 1961 though, with the record since then standing at three Carlisle wins, one Stanley victory and one draw.
The last meeting was in the Capital One Cup in August 2012 when the Cumbrians won 1-0.
Stanley have won both previous JPT meetings, on penalties in October 2006 and then 3-2 at home in 2011 with the recently re-signed Andy Procter scoring the winner.
Both sides are without a win this season with Carlisle on two league points compared to Stanley’s one.
The Reds were impressive in taking the lead at Bury last weekend but ultimately lost 2-1 and were unable to build on their 2-2 draw with Luton of a week before.
Carlisle are also winless so far and were thrashed 5-0 at League Two new boys Cambridge United on Saturday.
Kal Naismith 2
James Gray 2
Luke Joyce 1
Brad Potts 1
Antony Sweeney 1
Lee Collins (Surrey)
Mr Collins has been refereeing at Football League level for the last three years after making his bow in the 2011/12 season.
He hasn’t taken charge of a Stanley game since November 2012 when he presided over a 1-1 draw at Barnet.
On Saturday he dished out ten yellow cards in Newport’s 1-0 win at Portsmouth.
This season: 5 games, 17 yellow cards, 0 red cards
Admission prices for the game are:
Over 65′s & Students £5
Under 16′s £2
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