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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 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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