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Brunton Park (ATT 6,367) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Carlisle Carlisle United vs Brentford Brentford

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Cumbrians & Bees to field new-boys in league opener

Last Updated: 07/08/09 3:50pm

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Abbott : Cumbrains hosting Bees

Abbott : Cumbrains hosting Bees

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott will have all of his summer signings at his disposal as the Cumbrians open their League One campaign at home to Brentford.

That means that Adam Collin, Matty Robson, Lenny Pidgeley and Tom Taiwo are all in line for their competitive debuts as Abbott looks to put last season's disappointments behind him.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Pidgeley is almost certain to replace Ben Williams as the club's No.1 shot-stopper, while Robson is another definite starter after impressing in pre-season following his switch from Hartlepool.

Abbott, who is still searching for a new striker to fill the void left by Danny Graham, will be without teenage defender Simon Lakeland (twisted knee) but is expecting to call upon the services of Danny Livesey (knee) and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (back) who have both trained this week.

New signings

Brentford boast nine new signings in their squad.

Bees boss Andy Scott has been busy over the summer bringing 10 new faces to Griffin Park and only Ben Strevens will definitely not make his debut.

The former Dagenham striker suffered a broken fibula in a pre-season friendly against Hayes and Yeading and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Veteran striker Carl Cort is in contention to make his bow for the Bees along with Steve Kabba, who joined on a free transfer following his release by Watford.

Goalkeeper Lewis Price is expected to start following his loan move from Championship side Derby, with Sam Saunders and Myles Weston also hoping to make their debuts, while Alan Bennett will start after returning to the club permanently from Reading.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30

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