Can John Askey’s side make it four wins in a row with an FA Cup win over their National League opponents?
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Teams: Port Vale v Kings Lynn Town
Competition: FA Cup first round
Venue: Vale Park Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday 7th November, 3pm
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It’s fair to say that after their blip, Vale are now back in good form. Three straight wins including two away from home has put the club into the play-off picture and with finances under strain, Vale will be desperately keen to reach the second round and pick up some prize money.
Opponents Kings Lynn have had a tough start to life in the National League. A run of four straight losses was ended at the weekend when they picked up a welcome win, defeating Woking 3-2 at home.
Port Vale team news:
The Valiants could be missing isolating trio Danny Whitehead, David Fitzpatrick and Devante Rodney (pictured) while Cristian Montano is an injury worry. Luckily, Vale have plenty of strength in depth. Adam Crookes looks set to continue as left-back while two goal Tom Pope should start upfront. It will be interesting to see if John Askey gives Dino Visser a run out or sticks with first-choice Scott Brown.
Our guesswork XI is exactly that…
Visser – Clark, Legge, Smith, Crooked – Joyce, Burgess, Conlon – Amoo, Pope, Worrall
Adam Crookes was expected to be selected more as a centre-half this season but injury to Cristian Montano and David Fitzpatrick’s isolation saw him start at left-back on Saturday. He did himself no harm with an assured display and will be keen to notch up another start this Saturday.
Opposition team news:
Veteran Ryan Jarvis is injured and is doubtful for this game. Cameron King played for an hour of the game against Woking after returning from injury and could make this game. Meanwhile, sub Jamar Loza will be pushing for a start after he scored twice as a sub against Woking.
The opponents may not be well known to some Vale fans so here’s a guide to some of their squad:
The captain is midfielder Michael Clunan who joined in the summer.
Experienced winger Ryan Jarvis played for the likes of Walsall and Leyton Orient earlier in his career.
There are two loanees from Norwich City in the squad in goalkeeper Archie Mair and striker Simon Power.
Midfielder Kyle Barker is also on loan from Peterborough United.
Adam Marriott is the side’s top scorer with three league goals this season.
Striker Jamar Loza was once linked with a move to Vale Park in 2016.
Forward Kairo Mitchell is an International for Grenada.
The visitors are managed by former Norwich City and Swindon Town player Ian Culverhouse. Culverhouse has been assistant at Aston Villa, Norwich City and Colchester United before taking his role, his first managerial position, in 2018. He led Kings Lynn to the Southern League Premier Division play-offs which they lost. Culverhouse then left for a brief spell at Grantham Town before returning in November. The side finished as runners-up and won the play-offs to enter the National League North for the 2019-20 season. The side were in second place last season when the campaign was halted but due to the points per game calculation Kings Lynn were promoted to the National League for the first time.
The day is about going to a Football League club, a lovely stadium and trying to compete with them. We’ve had a couple of reports on them. They had a good win at the weekend and seem to be hitting form at just the right time. It’s a big old pitch and a big stadium, it has got to get your juices flowing as a player. The first 15 minutes is going to be massive for us, it’ll be about trying to stay in the game. After that we will try to play our game. I can’t see us going there, sitting in behind and trying to hit them on the break…
Kings Lynn manager Ian Culverhouse
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The Valiants will be reunited with former winger Sam Kelly who has been a regular starter for Kings Lynn this season. Now 27, Kelly joined Kings Lynn in 2019 and has amassed 26 appearances and one goal for the National League side. Kelly’s stint at Vale Park started in 2015 when he was signed by then manager Rob Page on a free transfer. Kelly made a total of 57 appearances for the Valiants during a two year spell and scored three times. He later moved on to Grimsby Town and Hamilton Academical before spells with Braintree and Billericay.Town
The only other players we could find who featured for both sides were:
- Winger Marc Goodfellow (Port Vale 2004 / Kings Lynn 2013-14)
- Striker Jake Speight (Port Vale 2010 / Kings Lynn 2015)
Goodfellow is pictured during his loan spell with the Valiants.
Last time we met:
The two sides have never met before.
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How to watch:
Finally, let’s deal with watching this behind closed doors game. It will be available to watch on the iFollow service. Here’s how to watch it…
Q: Do I have to set up the account/buy the pass on the day of the match?
A: No, you can set up your iFollow account and/or buy your match pass in advance if it is easier. All you need to do then is log onto iFollow on the day of the match go to this page and there will be an option at the bottom to watch live video.
Q: Can I watch it down the pub?
A: No, it’s illegal to show iFollow streams in public so they would be breaking the law. The service is for private use only.
Q: Can I watch it on the TV screen?
A: The iFollow service is available via an app or a browser. Probably the simplest way to watch it on the TV screen is to watch the stream on a browser and connect your computer to your TV via a HDMI lead. The video and audio should then show on your screen.
Q: What about the programme?
A: Ahead of the game Port Vale will also be sending all season ticket holders a link to a complimentary digital copy of our new-look matchday programme! If you do not receive your digital copy by 1pm on Saturday, then please contact us on the numbers provided above. Additionally, if you wish to collect a physical copy of the programme ahead of kick off – please contact the club shop.
Q: What commentary will be provided?
A: Usually commentary from both teams (home and away) is provided. In Vale’s case it is usually the BBC Radio Stoke commentary team. When the match starts, click on the cog on the bottom RH corner to select home or away commentary.
Q: Does Port Vale make money from iFollow?
A: Yes and in these days of behind closed door matches, the revenue from iFollow can be vital. Clubs like Vale earn around 80% of the cost of an iFollow ticket regardless of whether the game is played home or away.
Q: What about if I still have an issue?
A: If you are experiencing problems with iFollow should contact EFL iFollow by telephone – 0207 8264577 (three hours before kick-off and running until three hours after matches finish) or by email – iFollow@efl.com (staffed from 8am to 7pm every day).
Need more information? We have a dedicated forum thread with help and advice right here. There’s also a guide on setting up an iFollow account while here is a guide for season ticket holders redeeming a code