CARLISLE City stage their final home match of the 2018-2019 season tomorrow evening at the D Marks Carpets Stadium, Gillford Park, Carlisle, when they play hosts to Cumbrian neighbours Cleator Moor Celtic (7.45pm ko).

Having gained promotion to the HSL League only 12 months ago, Celtic can be very proud of how they have adjusted to their new, more challenging situation. They have acquitted themselves well and with only a couple of games to play they sit in a comfortable mid-table position having gained 48 points from 36 games.

Carlisle City are 15 points better off than Celtic and yet only five positions higher in the table. The Sky Blues have scored 13 goals more than their west Cumbrian visitors while conceding 10 goals fewer.

However such statistics, whilst of interest to football statisticians, count for nothing when local pride and bragging rights are at stake.

City certainly know the way to goal having netted 19 times in their most recent five games. However, they are also generous defensively, conceding 13 goals in those five games. Their pocketing of 12 points from a possible 15 might justify their defensive frailties.

One doesn’t need to mention recent form or past results between these clubs in an attempt to lift them for the battle that lies ahead.

Tomorrow night, there will be no quarter asked or given as these Cumbrian non-league giants go toe-to-toe for success, pride and just sheer joy at putting one over their rivals.

It promises to be an occasion not to be missed and you can be there for only £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. Young people (Under-16s) are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.