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Ardley: Maiden game in charge

Ardley: Maiden game in charge

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between AFC Wimbledon and Cheltenham at Kingsmeadow.

New AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has inherited a host of defensive injury problems ahead of his first game in charge.

Dale Bennett, who last week extended his loan spell from Watford, remains doubtful with a back injury while skipper Mat Mitchel-King (back) and fellow centre-halves Pim Balkestein (groin) and Callum McNaughton (knee) are still out.

Right-back Curtis Osano is still struggling with an ankle problem, midfielder Stacy Long is battling to overcome a foot injury and striker Jason Prior continues his recovery from last season's broken leg.

Former Wimbledon defender Ardley, named successor to long-serving boss Terry Brown on Wednesday, could opt to stick with the side which beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 last weekend under caretaker manager Simon Bassey.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates has a defensive crisis.

Yates has failed in a number of attempts to land a loan player in time for the weekend after some poor defensive displays.

The Robins chief slammed his side's performance at the back following Tuesday's defeat to Oxford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Skipper Alan Bennett serves the final game of his suspension while youngster Harry Hooman has been loaned to non-League Bath. Yates took the decision after Hooman's showing in midweek but his exit leaves him short of options.

"I'm trying to get someone in but I'm not getting the right answers from my club and other clubs," he told BBC Gloucestershire. "I've had a chat with Harry. I think he needs to go out and get a month's worth of games, where he's playing Saturday and Tuesday."

Keith Lowe is expected to slot in alongside Steve Elliott while Yates' search for new faces continues.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39