Carlisle United Vs Gillingham, Sat 27 Feb 2010


Carlisle manager Greg Abbott may opt to freshen his side up as they welcome Gillingham to Brunton Park.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy finalists were beaten 4-1 at Hartlepool on Tuesday night, their third loss in four since qualifying for the Wembley showpiece, and the United boss may be provoked into making changes.

Among those in line to get the nod to face Mark Stimson's men is on-loan striker Ben Marshall who scored twice for the reserves in midweek.

Goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is out with a broken hand so Adam Collin will continue between the sticks.

Long-term absentees David Raven (hip), Gavin Rothery (hernia) and Andy Cook (foot) are all on the sidelines.

Gillingham will be without Barry Fuller after the skipper suffered a broken arm against Leyton Orient in midweek.

The full-back took a kick on his forearm in the 1-1 draw and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, although boss Mark Stimson is hopeful he will play again this season.

Former Derby trainee Chris Palmer is expected to replace Fuller in the starting line-up as the relegation-threatened Gills look to extend their unbeaten run to four League One games.

Stimson took the positive approach of starting with a three-pronged attack against Orient, with Rene Howe playing just behind Simeon Jackson and Chris Dickson and has revealed he will stick with the same formation, but not necessarily the same strikers.

Simon King is still unavailable due to an ankle injury.

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