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Standing room only for Carlisle United play-off clash

Brunton Park is expected to be full for the Exeter clash Credit: ITV Border

Fans looking to buy a last minute ticket for Carlisle United's match against Exeter this evening will only have the option of a 'standing' ticket.

All seated tickets have sold out in what's going to be one of the club's most important games of the season as they look to gain first leg advantage in the play-offs.

Ahead of the tie at Brunton Park, captain Danny Grainger says there's a lot of belief in the team:

Annan Athletic boss reflects on play-off defeat

Annan Athletic fail to reach play-off finals Credit: ITV Border

Annan Athletic boss Jim Chapman says it's time for his players to reflect and rebuild for next year, after their promotion hopes came to an end last night.

The Galabankies lost 4-2 to Forfar Athletic in the League One second leg play off.

It meant they were beaten 6-2 on aggregate and will remain in the bottom tier for next season.


Carlisle United prepare for play-off clash

Carlisle United are expecting their biggest crowd of the season for their play off clash with Exeter tomorrow.

It's the first leg of the semi-final and United's last home game of the season.

Ryan Dollard has been speaking to the manager and captain ahead of the biggest United match in recent years:

Annan Athletic chairman charged with match betting

Henry McClelland Credit: ITV Border

The chairman of Annan Athletic, Henry McLelland, has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with alleged match betting.

The complaint involves more than 4,000 bets with 430 including his own club.

The charges date from July 2011 until May 2017.

Mr McLelland has until 16th May to respond to the complaint, with the principal hearing date scheduled for 1st June.

In a statement, the club say they will support the chairman until the matter has reached a conclusion.

"Annan Athletic Football Club recognise the complaint that has been raised by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and the club will co-operate fully with the enquiry.

"In the interim, the club will offer its support to the chairman until the matter is resolved’

– Annan Athletic club statement

Play-offs back on cards after Carlisle Utd victory

Keith Curle Credit: PA

Carlisle United have kept their play-off dreams alive after a 2-1 victory over Newport County.

The Blues had to win the crucial tie, and thanks to second half goals from Ibehre and Adams, the fight for promotion continues.

They now face a tough end of season match against play-off rivals Exeter on 6 May.

"It means everything. To get the win is just fantastic and a big relief for us as well especially to do it on the last home game of the season gives us a big impetus for Exeter"

– Jabo Ibehre, CUFC


WATCH: Captain confident of Carlisle play-off spot

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger says he's confident the Blues can move back into the League Two promotion play-off places.

United travel to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the season the Blues had looked a certainty to claim a play-off place, but a dip in form means they're currently in eighth.

I think when you look through the league we've lost key players at key times, but when you look now we've got more or less a full squad back.

I'm more than confident the boys can get us across the line.

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United

Football star Michael Owen fined £300 for speeding

Owen also had four points put on his licence. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Former England football star Michael Owen has been fined £300 for speeding.

The 37-year-old ex-Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid player also had four points endorsed on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court.

Owen, of Lower Soughton Hall, Northup, Flintshire, is now a racehorse breeder and owner.

He pleaded guilty by letter to driving at 95mph on the southbound lane of the A74(M) motorway in Dumfries and Galloway, in February 2017.

'There's a nervousness about the players'- Keith Curle

Keith Curle was deflated in the post-match press conference Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says there's a nervousness in his squad as the team are on the brink of dropping out of the play-off zone.

The Blue were beaten 2-1 by Notts County at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The hosts led for the majority of the match but two late goals by the visitors meant it was another defeat for United.

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