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Port Vale Preview - A trip to Vale Park is next!

16 September 2021

Match Previews

Port Vale Preview - A trip to Vale Park is next!

16 September 2021



After last weekend's 2-2 draw at home to Newport County Simon Weaver and his Town side are on the road this Saturday to take on Port Vale.


And not only will they be looking to continue their record as the sole remaining unbeaten club in the division but seek to regain top spot after being leapfrogged by Forest Green last Saturday.

Our opponents

The Valiants have taken seven points from their opening seven games, and currently sit in 11th position - although their two victories to date have come in their past three games. They head into Saturday's clash on the back of a 2-1 away win at Swindon courtesy of two highlight reel efforts from Ben Garrity.

However, they are yet to win on home soil having experienced two draws and a defeat in their opening three game at Vale Park.

The club finished 13th in 2020/21, with a late season rally hoisting them up the table away from danger.

Following this the club added a dozen new players at the start of this season: goalkeepers Lucas Covolan and Aidan Stone, defenders Lewis Cass, Ryan Johnson, Aaron Martin, Mal Benning and Dan Jones, midfielders Ben Garrity, Brad Walker and Tom Pett and forwards Jamie Proctor and James Wilson.

In overhauling the squad a similar number of players headed out of the door as the club looked to rebuild and aim for promotion.

Last season

Honours were even at Vale Park at the start of last season with the game ending in a goalless draw. Vale took the points at The Envirovent Stadium however towards the end of the season when second-half goals from David Worrall and Kurtis Guthrie secured a 2-0 victory for Clarke's side.

Ones to watch

Jamie Proctor's four goals in as many starts has seen him top the scoring charts for Vale in the early stages of 2021/22. He will likely be supported up front by Devante Rodney, who Town fans will recall from National League days.

Last weekend also proved that Ben Garrity has an eye for goal with his brace downing Swindon. David Worrall has also been an ever present so far this season in midfield.
Former Town left back Dan Jones has featured in every game for the Valiants so far this season.

The man in charge

The club are managed by Darrell Clarke, who took charge in February 2021 after leaving Walsall. After taking charge towards the end of last season. Sat in 18th position in League Two at the time, Clarke steered them towards safety and into the top half with a late season run that saw them take 16 points from a possible 18 in April.

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

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 current Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth, who has the distinction of holding the record at the club 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

Town head into the game with a clean bill of health as they look to consolidate their position at the top end of the table.

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