JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, October 12, 2012
The international date puts England's club soccer spotlight on the lower leagues, as Mike Grella and Scunthorpe host Brentford, and Frank Simek's Carlisle United takes on Notts County.
Scunthorpe United - Brentford
Mike Grella takes on his old team in Scunthorpe United's game against Brentford.
The American striker went the distance in last week's loss to Stevenage and is likely to see action once again on Saturday.
Grella spent time last season with Brentford, appearing in 18 games for the Bees. The former Duke Blue Devil went on to play for Bury before arriving at Scunthorpe this season.
The Iron is having a difficult season thus far and has lost three straight league games. They find themselves currently in the relegation zone, but a win could bolt them out of it temporarily.
Brentford is on a five game unbeaten run and will hope to extend that streak this weekend. They sit in ninth place in the standings, but victory could see them reach a playoff position.
Damien Mozika, Paul Reid, and Michael Collins are all injured and likely to miss out for Scunthorpe.
Carlisle United - Notts County
Frank Simek and Carlisle United host Notts County in a crucial League One matchup.
Simek did not feature in Carlisle's win over Walsall last week, but the American defender could find his way back into the lineup this weekend. The Arsenal youth product has been a staple for the Cumbrians since he arrived in 2010.
Carlisle's win over Walsall last week ended their two game losing streak. They sit in 12th place in the standings, but a victory can bolt them up to seventh, just one position below the playoffs.
Notts County is currently in seventh place and eying a playoff position with a win this weekend. However, they have only won once in their last six games and have lost two straight going into Saturday's matchup.
Rory Loy, Lee Miller, Jon-Paul McGovern, Alex Salmon, and Brandon Gwinnutt are injury worries for the Cumbrians.
Gillingham - Aldershot Town
Robbie Findley hopes to help Gillingham keep their lead atop the League Two standings when they face lowly Aldershot Town this weekend.
The American forward played the final 32 minutes in Gillingham's draw with Oxford United last week. Findley looks to break into the starting lineup on Saturday.
Gillingham has had a strong season thus far, but the last three weeks have only produced one victory. Port Vale now just trails them by three points in the standings, so the home team will need to get back to winning ways to protect their spot in the standings.
Aldershot Town is having a tough season. They sit in penultimate place in League Two, and have won just once in their last ten games. With just two teams in League Two relegated, Aldershot will have every opportunity to climb out of the cellar.
Robbie Rogers is back to health and hopes to break the starting lineup in Stevenage's game against Colchester United.
Jon Paul Pittman is not likely to feature in Oxford United's Monday game against Port Vale.