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Port Vale Preview - Darrell Clarke's side are our next Easter Opponents

3 April 2021

Match Previews

Port Vale Preview - Darrell Clarke's side are our next Easter Opponents

3 April 2021

After taking a point from our Good Friday trip to Walsall, Simon Weaver will be looking for his Town side to go one better when we entertain Port Vale this coming Monday.



With five of our remaining eight games to be played at The EnviroVent Stadium, there is a huge opportunity to ensure as high a finish as possible in our debut season in the Football League.

Since we last met

The two sides last faced each other way back at the end of September when a goalless draw was contested at Vale Park.



After the departure of John Askey in January, a difficult start to life under Darrell Clarke left Vale glancing over their shoulders at the relegation positions, but Clarke his seen his side hit form of late, with Friday's 1-0 win at home to Exeter their fourth in succession and they come into the game one spot and two points behind Town.

The man in charge

Clarke arrived at the club in mid-February from fellow League Two outfit Walsall. After taking charge he had to wait until his eighth game at the helm before toasting his first win.

Clarke previously also managed Bristol Rovers and made over 400 appearances for Mansfield, Hartlepool and Salisbury City in his playing career.

Ones to watch

Devante Rodney, who Town fans will be familiar with from his time at National League sides Stockport County and Halifax, leads the way in the scoring charts having netted 11 times, including three in his last four games.

Tom Conlon has hit the target seven times as well as assisting on a further seven goals, whilst David Worrall has starred with ten assists on the season.

History

The Valiants have spent the majority of their time in the lower two divisions of English football but with John Rudge and then Brian Horton at the helm they spent the 1990's in the second tier, achieving an eighth-place finish in 1996/97.

Notable former players include Chris Birchall, Ray Walker, Robbie Earle and Gareth Ainsworth, who has the distinction of holding the record for highest transfer fee paid and received. Roy Sproson holds the most appearances for the club having played 761 times across three decades, whilst Wilf Kirkham scored 154 times before World War II.

Team news

With the exception of Simon Power and Josh March, Weaver will have a full squad of players to select from.

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