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Brunton Park (ATT 3,866) 7th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Brown

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Gavin Tomlin: Could make return

Gavin Tomlin: Could make return

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Carlisle and Port Vale at Brunton Park.

Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott could hand debuts to new signings Leon McSweeney and Conor Townsend for the home game with Port Vale.

Former Leyton Orient utility man McSweeney and defender Townsend, on loan from Hull, could bolster the Cumbrians' shaky defence as Sean O'Hanlon continues his recovery from a groin injury.

Townsend will become the fifth player to start for Carlisle at left-back this season if selected, while centre-half Troy Archibald-Henville is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up after making his debut in last week's draw at Brentford.

But two other on-loan defenders, Mansfield's Paul Black (groin) and Manchester United's Reece James (thigh) are both sidelined as Carlisle chase their first win of the season.

Dan Jones remains an injury concern for Port Vale but Gavin Tomlin could come back into the reckoning for the trip to Carlisle.

Jones was forced off with a groin injury during the first half of Vale's league defeat to Wolves last Saturday causing the left-back to miss the victory over Bury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and he is likely to remain on the sidelines this weekend. However, striker Tomlin looks set to return to the squad following the knock that has kept him out recently.

Manager Micky Adams made five changes against the Shakers on Tuesday night, bringing Richard Duffy, Liam Chilvers, Chris Birchall, Louis Dodds and Ben Williamson into the side.

Adams admitted after the 2-1 first-round win that he did not know what team he would pick at Carlisle because a hard-working effort against Bury had compensated for some defensive frailties.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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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