DANNY CADAMARTERI is hoping for the chance to help boot his old club Bradford out of the Carling Cup tonight.

And Luke Beckett, who had talks with the Bantams over a possible transfer during the close-season, could line up alongside him as Town aim to improve their recent dismal record in the competition.

Boss Stan Ternent, once assistant manager at Bradford, is giving little away about his team plans, but has confirmed Andy Booth will miss the Galpharm tie (7.45).

The star striker picked up an ankle injury during Saturday’s League I opener against Stockport, when he scored Town’s goal in a 1-1 draw.

Ternent is confident he will be available for Saturday’s trip to Colchester but is taking no risks as he plots the club’s first Carling Cup win in three attempts.

With no like-for-like replacement for Booth, Ternent could adopt a new system, with Cadamarteri, Beckett, who replaced Booth on Saturday, and Keigan Parker all pushing for starting berths.

“I’m settled in my own mind, and we worked on our approach in training yesterday,” said Ternent, who can name seven substitutes for tonight’s tie, although only the usual three can be used.

“Other than Boothy, Shane Killock (throat infection) and Danny Broadbent (ankle), all the lads are fit and raring to go, so I have options.

“It’s a cup-tie and a derby, so nobody should need any geeing up for this one. It’s a tie I very much want to win, and the players do too.

“There are some big clubs coming in at the next stage and a good cup run breeds confidence as well as generating income.

“But we certainly won’t be taking Bradford lightly.

“I know both their manager Stuart McCall, from my own time at Bradford, and his assistant Wayne Jacobs, who played for me at Hull, and they are both capable blokes.

“They got off to a good start by beating Notts County (2-1) on Saturday, and like us, they will be desperate to earn bragging rights.”

Chris Brandon, who joined Bradford after being released by Ternent at the end of last season, is ruled out by an ankle injury picked up in a friendly.

And his fellow midfielder Joe Colbeck misses out as he completes a three-match ban carried over from last season.

Town, knocked out of the Carling Cup by Mansfield in 2006-07 and Blackpool last time around, haven’t been beaten in their last four clashes with Bradford.

Tonight’s tie, which is pay on the gate, will be settled by extra time and penalties if necessary.