After a solid point away to Barrow this past weekend which consolidated Town's position in mid-table we welcome playoff-chasing Port Vale to the Envirovent Stadium tomorrow evening.Due to the recent postponement of the Leyton Orient fixture it will be the first home fixture for Simon Weaver's side since the 3-1 defeat to Crawley three weeks ago.
Vale come into the game on a solid run of form, now unbeaten in eight games and having taken 16 points from that run to move themselves into ninth position and just three points off the final playoff spot.
They can boast the sixth best away record in the division this season, having taken 23 points from 15 games so far.
Town head into the game looking for both their first win and goal against Port Vale since being promoted to the EFL.
They fell to a 2-0 defeat at Vale Park earlier this season, a first defeat of the campaign which also saw Jack Diamond red carded, with strikes from David Worrall and James Wilson securing all three points.
The spoils were shared at Vale Park in 2020/21 with the game ending in a goalless draw with Vale then taking all three points at The Envirovent Stadium later in the season as second-half goals from David Worrall and Kurtis Guthrie secured a 2-0 victory for Darrell Clarke's side.
The man in charge
The club are managed by Darrell Clarke, who took charge in February 2021 after leaving fellow League Two side Walsall to make the move to Vale Park, though the Vale boss is currently on compassionate leave.
Clarke has also previously managed Bristol Rovers and previously made over 400 appearances for Mansfield, Hartlepool and Salisbury City in his playing career.
Ones to watch
Both Ben Garrity and Jamie Proctor were brought to the club last summer, with the duo leading the scoring charts having netted eight and seven times respectively. Former Manchester United man James Wilson has also tallied five goals on the season.
David Worrall will also be looking to score for the third game in succession against Town, with the midfielder also having added three assists.
Vale of course also added Town defender Connor Hall in the recent January window, a move that saw Leon Legge head to North Yorkshire. They also have former Town loanee Kian Harratt in their ranks, with the young forward having arrived on loan from Huddersfield.
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.
Town are nearing a return to a fully fit squad, with Alex Pattison and Lewis Richards both on the bench on Saturday, leaving Rory McArdle and Simon Power as the only two yet to make the squad.