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PREVIEW | Port Vale v Yeovil Town

Glovers have chance to leapfrog the Valiants

11 March 2019

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Town are back in action on Tuesday night (7.45pm) with an important trip to Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two.

The Valiants sit just one point and one place above the Glovers in the bid for EFL survival, making the midweek match a cliched six-pointer.

Claiming their first win in eight outings on Saturday, John Askey's side will look for back-to-back home wins whilst the green and whites will aim to bounce back from defeat at top of the table Lincoln City.

The 1-0 loss on Friday night stopped Town matching their best winning streak of the campaign of three straight wins. 

Looking to start another run, Darren Way will have no fresh injuries to contend with as Gary Warren (hamstring) and Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) edge closer to a return. 

Academy product Gabby Rogers featured for the Under-18s at the weekend as a comeback from an ankle injury to leave a virtually fully-fit squad to choose from. 

For Vale, they'll look for talismanic striker Tom Pope to add to his nine goals so far in 2018/19 with former Glover Ben Whitfield a threat from further back with four goals. 

Head-to-head
Tuesday night will be the 14th meeting between the two sides with the Glovers looking to even up the record of five wins each. 

Meeting four times last season, Town remained unbeaten in all of them by picking up two draws in League Two and a victory in the Emirates FA Cup after a dramatic replay. 

Jordan Green's late header at Vale Park earned a replay in the Second Round, before the Valiants had two sent off to eventually lose 3-2 to strikes from Otis Khan (x2) and Francois Zoko.

Officials
Geoff Eltringham will be the man in the middle for midweek action.

Refereeing primarily in the Championship this season, it'll be his 32nd match of the campaign and first involving the green and whites. 

The last Town match he took charge of was in September 2014 when he oversaw at 3-1 win at Bradford City.

On Tuesday he'll be assisted by James Wilson and Jonathan Hunt with Matthew Donohue acting as fourth official.

Coverage
If you’re unable to attend the game, overseas and domestic supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service buy buying a match pass HERE

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Port Vale 3-0 Yeovil Town

Glovers fall to defeat on the road

12 March 2019

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The Glovers couldn't bounce back with a win in Sky Bet League Two after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Port Vale.

With little between the two sides in the table before kick-off, the hosts took an important lead on 26 minutes through Manny Oyeleke. 

Taking their lead into the break, tempers became frayed after the restart before Tom Conlon made it 2-0 just past the hour-mark.

Unable to find a way back into the match Cristian Montano added a third late on to condemn the green and whites to a costly defeat at Vale Park.

In action four days after the visit to league leaders Lincoln City, Darren Way stuck with the same eleven for the midweek trip to Stoke-on-Trent. 

Altering shape to the conventional 4-4-2, Tom James reverted to right-back to give Rhys Browne a start in his more natural right wing position whilst Sessi D'Almeida was involved for the first time in a month following a shoulder injury to replace Alex Fisher (ankle) on the bench. 

With a settled side the green and whites started on the front foot and had the first shots on goal of the game.

Tristan Abrahams and James both saw efforts fly high and wide whilst at the other end the commanding pair of Omar Sowunmi and Adel Gafaiti stopped the Valiants from registering their first attempt on goal. 

Marshalling Vale's extra man in midfield well to start with, the hosts began to build up a head of steam towards the midway point of the half. 

Moving the ball into some threatening positions both Ricky Miller and David Worrall had chances to fire at goal, but Nathan Baxter remained untested as the strikes flew over the bar.

Acting as warnings, the home side continued to fly forward as Town's boss was forced to match John Askey's 4-3-3. 

However, before the tactical switch had a chance to take effect the deadlock was broken from a corner. 

Worrall's cross flew over the head of James and allowed Oyeleke to power a header into the back of the net as the half-hour mark approached. 

Buoyed by the opener the attacking wave continued as Oyeleke almost turned provider by playing in Luke Hannant whose eventual shot lacked any power. 

Becoming a half to forget for the visitors they were dealt an injury blow as the break approached, with D'Almeida making his comeback in place of a limping Browne. 

Needing the 15-minute break it was almost a 2-0 deficit to come back from when Leon Legge headed wide another Worrall cross, but the score stayed the same at the halfway stage to leave plenty of work to do for Town.

Knowing the damage a defeat could do to any survival hopes a second change was made for the restart as veteran striker Francois Zoko replaced Santos in a switch back to 4-4-2 as Abrahams moved wide.

Taming the Vale onslaught the game became a scrappy affair with a stop-start nature. 

With no chances for either side it became a battle in midfield as tempers began to approach boiling point with a number of clashes. 

Seemingly frustrating the hosts the final half-an-hour looked to be promising for the green and whites prior to a moment of magic. 

The ball fell nicely to Conlon 25 yards out and the midfielder's first-time dipping strike left Baxter with no chance as it looped into the net.

With only a tame Zoko strike to show for their attacking endeavors the Glovers had Baxter to thank for keeping the score at 2-0. 

Working the ball into the box Miller unleashed a venomous strike from the angle that forced the Chelsea loanee to palm away from danger. 

Surviving that scare to head into the final 10 minutes, Town then had a chance of their own through substitute Ryan Seager. 

Picking up the ball in the box after beating the offside trap the poacher saw his stabbed effort tipped away by Brown to prevent a nailbiting end to the match. 

Just about retaining their two-goal advantage the hosts looked to assure their victory and managed it thanks to a substitute.

Montano, introduced moments earlier, was on hand to poke home from close range from Worrall's wide free-kick to round off the scoring and conifrm a second straight defeat for Way's side.

Port Vale: Brown; Clark, Legge, Smith, Crookes; Joyce; Worrall, Oyaleke, Conlon (Kay 89'), Hannant (Montano 83'); Miller (Harris 88').
Bookings: Clark 49'.
Subs not used: Hornby, Howkins, Gibbons, Whitfield.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Sowunmi, Gafaiti, Grant; Browne (D'Almeida 39'), Santos (Zoko 46'), Pattison, Dobre; Duffus (Seager 73'), Abrahams. 
Bookings: D'Almeida 55', Abrahams 63', Gafaiti 76'.
Subs not used: Nelson, Mugabi, Worthington, Arnold. 

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Back the boys at Vale

Tickets on sale for midweek action

11 March 2019

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The Glovers are straight back in Sky Bet League Two action with a trip to Port Vale on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Tickets for the visit to Stoke-on-Trent remain on sale with savings to be made when bought in advance. 

With a £2 matchday surcharge, supporters are advised to purchase prior to Tuesday night via the Huish Park ticket office (in person/01935 847888) or online

Town have the chance to leapfrog the Valiants and pull further away from the relegation zone. 

Suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat at table-toppers Lincoln City on Friday night, Darren Way's side will look to rediscover the form that saw them win their two games prior to the trip to Lincolnshire.

PRICES

Adult - £20
62+ - £15
18-21 - £15
Under-18 - £8
Under-12 - FOC

For more information including coach travel to the match and parking, visit our Away Tickets page.

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