Our new-look guide takes a look at the first midweek game of the season for the Valiants…
Winger David Worrall (right) is expected to play despite suffering a broken nose in the 1-1 away draw against Salford City at the weekend.
Striker Richie Bennett scored in that game but he faces a tough task to break into the starting line-up with coach David Kevan saying that the newer signings need a little longer to adapt to the system played.
Meanwhile, Nathan Smith has become the latest player to praise new owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan saying that there is an air of optimism at Vale Park.
Defender Callum Evans (seen on the left after joining Forest Green) has yet to make a senior appearance for the Valiants due to the impressive form of James Gibbons. Former Man Utd youth teamer Evans spent a year with FGR in 2017 after signing from Barnsley. However, the youngster was to make just two first-team appearances before being sent on loan to Torquay United. He joined the Valiants this summer after being released by Macclesfield Town.
As a defender it’s upsetting to know that we’ve had the lead in all three games and we’ve let it slip all three times…
It’s something that as defenders we’re looking at. We need to get our first clean sheet under our belt and help the team…
DEFENDER NATHAN SMITH
The last game between the two sides was last season when the Valiants were defeated 2-0 at Vale Park in March. The Vale fared somewhat better in the previous fixture, picking up an away point thanks to a penalty from Tom Pope (right). The home side finished that game with ten men as Farrend Rawson was shown red.
The Valiants are yet to win at home against Rovers. having drawn in the only other fixture in Burslem.
A reminder that this game will be the first fixture this season which exiled UK Valiants can watch live. The Football League agreement means that midweek fixtures which are not being televised can be streamed live. It’s great news for those of us who live many miles away and struggle to make the journey to and from Vale Park in an evening. To watch the game go to the Port Vale iFollow page…