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Sky Bet League 2: Matchday 18 preview

20 November 2015

It's been quite a week for Carlisle United and they host Portsmouth on Matchday 18 in Sky Bet League 2.

That game is one of 12 taking place at 3pm on Saturday – here's a look at the fixture list:

Saturday 21st November

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
Barnet v Morecambe
Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United v Portsmouth
Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers
Dagenham & Redbridge v Oxford United
Leyton Orient v York City
Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United
Newport County v Yeovil Town
Notts County v Northampton Town
Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City
Stevenage v Luton Town

Just over 240mm of rain – half of the expected total for November – fell on Cumbria at the beginning of the week, with most of it making its way onto Carlisle's Brunton Park pitch.

But the superb work of the club's stadium manager Dave Mitchell and his team saw the water removed, making this weekend's game against Pompey playable.

BEFORE & AFTER: Well done to all involved at @officialcufc in clearing their flooding today!

— The Football League (@football_league) November 16, 2015
At the opposite end of the country, Plymouth have a healthy lead at the summit of the division and they meet Devon rivals Exeter City on Saturday. The Pilgrims have three wins on the spin and have already overcome the Grecians in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this term.

Read more: Devon Derby - Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City

Dagenham & Redbridge prop up the table, meanwhile, with only one league success so far, and play second-placed Oxford United. Wayne Burnett's Daggers did manage to beat Morecambe 4-2 in an FA Cup replay in midweek, though.

Northampton Town are third and go to Notts County, while there's a local battle between Stevenage and Luton Town at the Lamex Stadium.

There's a first ever meeting of Newport County and Yeovil Town at Rodney Parade, and Leyton Orient and York City will renew acquaintances in The Football League for the first time since 2004. The Minstermen go into that match winless 11, which is a League-worst run.

Match official appointments

The officials appointed to the weekend's Football League matches have been announced.

Click here to see which officials are on duty in Sky Bet League 2

Don't miss it!

You can follow all of this weekend's Sky Bet League 2 action on our divisional Twitter feed, @SkyBetLeague2.

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