Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Yeovil

Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Yeovil

Here’s our brief guide to Port Vale’s next fixture – an FA Cup second round tie against Yeovil


Match details

  • FA Cup
  • Saturday 2nd December
  • Vale Park

Team news

adam-yates-altWhat will the Vale look like?

Neil Aspin will make a decision on Ben Whitfield before the game but with the training pitches frozen the winger’s return from injury hasn’t been ideal and so he is likely to make the bench at best. The likes of Tyrone Barnett and Rob Lainton are also approaching fitness but this match may come too soon for them. One player ruled out for sure is veteran defender Adam Yates (right) who suffered an awful injury in the reserves. We wish him well!

Pre-match quote

“On Saturday it is vital that we give supporters a chance to enjoy the FA Cup and get through to the next round. But you could argue Yeovil will feel exactly the same. It is a good opportunity. It depends who you draw in the next round but everybody has that dream and you want to keep that dream alive for as long as possible…”

Neil Aspin

Boss watch

Darren Way

The 38 year-old former Yeovil player took over as manager in 2015 as spells on the coaching staff. He has been in charge for over a hundred games.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 4
  • Port Vale losses: 3
  • Draws: 2

pope-non-watermarkLast time…

The last time the two sides met was earlier this season when Vale secured a 1-1 away draw thanks to a Tom Pope goal. The last time the two sides met at Vale Park it finished 4-1 to Vale with Pope again on target – this time with two goals.

Played for both…

Port Vale loanee Ben Whitfield had a prior spell at the Glovers where he made 42 appearances and scored three times. Other players to appear for both sides in recent years include:

  • Striker AJ Leitch-Smith
  • Midfielder Gary Roberts
  • Defender Ryan Inniss
  • Forward Gavin Tomlin
  • Defender Gareth Owen
  • Defender Colin Miles