We take a look ahead to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture with Bury with our OVF two minute guide…
Vale are expected to make changes and one definite absentee will be left-back Dan Jones, who is also a doubt for Saturday’s game against Carlisle. Vale are allowed to make up to five changes so picking a starting eleven is something of a gamble – keeper Sam Johnson may be given a run-out while Lee Hughes is unlikely to play twice in a matter of days so Ben Williamson may replace him.
Gavin Tomlin is not considered fit enough for this game but he could be in contention for the weekend visit to Carlisle.
Bury boss Kevin Blackwell looks set to include veteran goalkeeper Brian Jensen in his squad to face Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The 38-year-old shot-stopper joined the Shakers on Monday and is expected to be named in Blackwell’s match-day squad at Vale Park.
Possible Vale XI:
Yates – Robertson – Dickinson – Loft
Myrie-Williams – Griffith – Lines – Dodds
Williamson – Pope
“There’s quite a few of us that have been waiting for the opportunity so hopefully if I get it I can take it and hopefully nail down a place. That’s what I want to do, it has been a long old few weeks waiting and watching and getting 20 minutes. Hopefully I can get a start and show him (Micky Adams) what I can do.”
– Louis Dodds
“If we do make a lot of changes I think it will be blood and guts out there with players trying to keep their places for Saturday.”
– Mark Grew
The two sides last met back in March 2011 when a goalless draw was played out at Vale Park.
The Vale team for that game was:
Tomlinson, Yates, McCombe, Owen, Collins (R.Taylor), Griffith, Loft (Dodds), Morsy, M.Richards, Haldane, Pope
Subs: Martin, Sutton, K.Taylor, Roberts, J.Richards
Vale wins: 23
Bury wins: 28
Last time we…
Won at Vale Park was 2001 when a Chris Killen goal gave us a 1-0 victory.
Players to appear for both sides include:
- Sam Collins
- Darren Beckford
- Sean McAllister
- Gerry Keenan
- Ken Beamish
- Terry Alcock
- Ken Hancock
- Ray Hancock
- Kevin Young
- Adrian Littlejohn
- Kevin Tully
- Alan Woolfall
- Peter Farrell
- Tommy Gore
- Phil Charnock
- Ronnie Jepson
Player to watch
Lee Sinnott was not a success as a manager at Vale Park and he now plys his trade as manager of Altrincham.
However, there is a Sinnott connection for this game with Lee’s son Jordan in the Bury squad. Jordan, a centre-half like his father, is on the books of Huddersfield Town but has joined Bury on loan.