Midweek football returns to Borough Park on Tuesday evening with Reds’ Cumberland Cup tie v. Maryport Athletic scheduled at a time when home games have been scarce.
Once again, Reds will play a mixed squad for the game against our County League neighbours, as they did in the previous round v. Whitehaven. That game produced a thrilling last-gasp 5-4 victory for Reds thanks to Reuben Jerome’s four goal blast, which included what is believed to be the quickest hat-trick in the club’s history.
Nine Development players and seven first team squad members went into battle against Whitehaven with the game offering field time to several injured players taking the first steps back to competitive action.
Nearly four weeks on, we still have players short of match practice so several in that category will feature against Athletic.
Management duo Chris Willcock and Steven Rudd have named the following squad for the Second Round fixture:
Danny Eccles, Aidan Howarth, Dan Whitehead, Tom Skinner, Reuben Butterworth, Conor Tinnion, Donae Lawrence, Sam Smith, Iyrwah Gooden, Reuben Jerome, Louis Rowe, Carl Lightfoot, Ceiran Casson, James Bell, Tom Houghton, Leon Dmytrowski, Scott Paden-Gale.
Maryport will need very little motivation for the County Cup derby with several former Workington players expected to play.
The Reds Development team are league rivals of Athletic and the first match between the two earlier this season resulted in a 1-1 draw with Taylor Hambling scoring for Reds and one of our former players, Cam Harker equalising.
- Carlisle United, the last team to lift the Cup in 2019, are already through to the 3rd Round having inflicted a 3-0 defeat upon Northbank last week. The Blues included Keelan Leslie in their line-up after his recent impressive spell on loan at Borough Park whilst our physio, Ronan Irving, actually turned out for Northbank that night, as a player.
- Carlisle City are due to host Windscale on Tuesday, whilst Cleator Moor Celtic meet Keswick next week. Celtic knocked out Penrith in the first round in a game which was every bit as exciting as Reds’ clash with Whitehaven. That game also went to extra time finishing 6-5 in favour of the ‘Hoops’.
- Top scorers in the first round were Pirelli, who won 11-1 at Braithwaite, and Wetheriggs United, 10-2 winners v. Silloth.
- The 2nd Round ties are:
Workington Athletic v. Aspatria
Cleator Moor Celtic v. Keswick
Gosforth v. Pirelli
Carlisle City v. Windscale
Wetheriggs United v. Cockermouth
Kirkoswald v. Eden United
Maryport Athletic v. Workington