Hughes illness may hand Andrew second chance

Port Vale will make a late decision on who should partner Tom Pope upfront against Exeter City as Lee Hughes is still struggling with illness.

The news could mean Calvin Andrew will get another chance to lead the line for the Valiants.

Veteran forward Hughes has been Pope’s regular partner in recent weeks. But Hughes missed the away victory over Torquay United through illness and assistant manager Mark Grew told the Sentinel that “Lee has hardly eaten in the last two or three days, so he’s touch and go.”

However, Hughes’ stand-in Calvin Andrew scored his first goal for the club at the weekend and the club may be tempted to stick with the 26 year-old. Grew hinted at such a move when he added: “Calvin Andrew scored a goal at the weekend and his confidence will be up.”

The only other forward option is Louis Dodds as Ben Williamson is ruled out through injury.

Vale’s forward firepower

  • Tom Pope: 27 goals
  • Lee Hughes: 4
  • Louis Dodds: 7
  • Ben Williamson: 7
  • Calvin Andrew: 1