Cumberland Cup Winners Carlisle City one win from promotion but need some help


As the sun rises this Saturday morning, ordinary people will go about their every day business, but for the staff, player’s and management team of Carlisle City FC, the only thought that fills their head is the upcoming opportunity to create their own legacy at City as they look to secure a historic league and cup double for the Cumbrian side.

Photo; Carlisle City FC

These men, these few, these band of brothers will know that if they fight for every inch, for every ball and for each other, then as the final whistle blows to end their season, they could finish the season as league and cup winners.

Yes they may need a favour from the gods, some kind of intervention, but ultimately all manager Jim Nichols (sponsored by this site) can hope for, is they go out there and fight as a team and do their jobs and believe that anything is possible.

“It’s tremendous but it’s only half time this week.  Two more wins and we could be really celebrating.

“But the lads were so focused and professional tonight.  Delighted for everyone at the club”.

Brian Hall, Carlisle City FC Chairman

As a group of players, Carlisle’s second club has been through so much over the past few years. Now, as their relentless quest for success draws to an end, they are almost within touching distance, as their charge to be champions comes down to 90 minutes of hard work, pride, passion and above all belief.

Belief that after all the madness and disruption caused by Covid 19, all the sweat and hard work put in during this long arduous season, they stand on the shoulders of giants, and what better way to reach immortality than to win a historic league and cup double.

Sam Atkinson, Jordan Palmer, Jordan Holt who have provided the flair in attack and guys like Dan Kirkup who have battled hard on the pitch for every ball, for every inch, it’s these men who will dig in and will come out victorious.

“The lads gave everything tonight to make sure we won the cup, its always nice to get a couple of goals but the result is what matters and the boys delivered”

“We now turn our focus to the league game on Thursday away at Esh Winning to keep the pressure on Heaton Stannington at the top of the league”.

Sam Atkinson, Carlisle City FC

The equation is simple for Jim Nichols’ side on Saturday – go out do your business on the field and worry not about any other results else where. This is the motto that will be installed to each and every single player, as ultimately, only fate will decide what occurs elsewhere.

Whatever the outcome on Saturday, this team has provided the fan’s of Carlisle City with some outstanding moments and special memories that will no doubt be spread across various social media platforms for many years.

This week City after an emphatic win over Wetheriggs FC in the Cumberland Cup Final, City returned to EBAC Northern League action as they travelled to Esh Winning FC in Division 2.

“The players have been brilliant for us all season. As a club this was one of our aims, and we’ve beaten the 2 highest ranked sides in the competition to do it”.

Jim Nichols, Carlisle City FC Manager

City once again produced another outstanding display beating them 4-0 and that man, Sam Atkinson, who sadly will not be available for Nichols’ side this Saturday, was on the score sheet again.

Second-placed City host fifth-placed Ryton and Crawcrook Albion at Gillford Park, while Heaton Stannington – who are two points ahead but with an inferior goal difference – go to fourth-placed Easington Colliery.

It is all set to be a truly dramatic climax to the EBAC Northern League Division 2 season.

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