Carlisle play Preston today without Captain Thirlwell who was injured in the game against Doncaster Rovers. Matty Robson is also out.
Greg Abbott is likely to give his new loan signing Jake Jervis his first start against Portsmouth. The 6'3 forward may play as a lone forward or partner the veteran Danny Cadamarteri as the blues look to avenge a 3-0 humiliation at Brunton Park midweek.
Footballers from league teams across the North will compete with the general public in a charity golf contest.
Carlisle United Football Club has committed to the inaugural Great North Air Ambulance Service tournament by pledging a team, joining the likes of Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.
David Hodgson, former Liverpool striker and manager of Darlington FC, came up with the idea and set about pulling together friends and former colleagues from his long career, both on the field and off it.
The event will be held at Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, on Wednesday 5th September 2012.
It's hoped the competition will raise money for GNAAS, which runs the Pride of Cumbria aircraft from its base at Langwathby, near Penrith.
The charity also covers the North-East and North Yorkshire.
Carlisle Utd are holding their first training session ahead of new season. Our camera's will be there later on today.
Calrisle United were celebrating a win on Saturday as they beat Exeter 4-1.
Zoko started the scoring and finished it with goals form Jordan Cook and Liam Noble in between.
Exeter will now be relegated and because sixth placed Stevenage drew at Sheffield United it means Carlisle could still make the play off places.
All of the scores have to go the Blues way though. To make the play offs they must win at Oldham and hope that neither Notts County or Stevenage win their games.
It's crunch time for Carlisle United. The Cumbrian's know they must beat Exeter City at Brunton Park tomorrow to stand any chance of making the League One playoffs.
It's also a must win for the visitors - but for very different reasons.
Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott says his team must beat Exeter this weekend to stand any chance of making this season's League One promotion playoffs.
The Cumbrians are three points adrift of sixth-placed Stevenage with just two games left, and could miss out on a playoff spot if other results don't go their way.
But Abbott says his side must focus on winning at Brunton Park on Saturday before looking at results elsewhere.
It's a crucial night for Carlisle United in the League One promotion race. The Cumbrians are currently just outside the play-off places, but victory away at Stevenage would see them break back into the top six.
The home side also have promotion ambitions though, and if THEY win this evening they'll go ahead of the Blues in the table. It's all desperately close, but Carlisle remain confident.
Police in Carlisle have said they dealt with a number of people for disorder incidents prior to the Carlisle United vs Preston North End match yesterday.
In a statement Cumbria police said:
– Cumbria Police
"A number of Preston supporters travelled up by coach to Penrith then took a train to Carlisle and were escorted by Police officers into The Griffin, which is the designated supporters club.
Prior to the game there were some altercations between the two sets of fans. A number of supporters were escorted to the ground and there was some minor disorder inside The Griffin pub. There were further minor incidents of disorder reported near to the ground and over 50 dispersal orders were issued by police which resulted in a group of Preston fans being directed to leave Carlisle. "
Six arrests were made and four men were subsequently charged.
They added there was no disorder during or after the game.