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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40

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