Accrington v Gillingham preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Accrington and Gillingham at the Crown Ground.

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Rob Atkinson: Set to return for Accrington

Rob Atkinson: Set to return for Accrington

Accrington welcome back Rob Atkinson.

The on-loan defender was ineligible to face parent club Fleetwood in midweek and was absent for the first time this season.

But Atkinson may struggle to make an instant return to the team after Aristote Nsiala put in a strong showing as Stanley beat Fleetwood to record their first win in four games.

Craig Lindfield was also handed a start, for the first time in over a month, and is expected to continue alongside James Beattie in attack.

Beattie ended a goal drought of three years by netting the opener from the penalty spot in the 3-1 victory at Fleetwood.

Accrington boss Leam Richardson has no injury or suspension worries ahead of the game.

Gillingham could welcome back Bradley Dack as they aim to get their promotion charge back on track.

The midfielder has been sidelined for three weeks with a foot injury but played in Tuesday night's Kent Senior Cup tie at Bromley and may now be included in Martin Allen's matchday 18 if deemed fit enough for first-team duty.

Full-back Joe Martin continues to be troubled by his wrist injury and went to see a specialist on Thursday.

Fellow defender Tom Flanagan again misses out with his fractured metatarsal, while midfielder Jack Payne is still sidelined with his ankle problem.

However, League Two leaders Gills do not have any new injury problems to contend with as they aim to get back to winning ways following their midweek 3-2 defeat against Exeter.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Sat, 12 Apr 2014

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