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Match Preview | Port Vale (h)

12 March 2018

EFL Sky Bet League Two – The Hive London – Tuesday 13th March 2018 – KO 8pm

Team News:

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is back in training. However, after picking up a knee injury in last month’s game with Accrington, Richard Brindley still remains in doubt to feature.

Despite good progress in their recoveries, a knee injury is likely to maintain Elliott Johnson and Dave Tarpey’s place on the side-lines.

Harry Taylor is still out with a broken metatarsal sustained in the Bees’ trip to Chesterfield.

Last Time We Met:

The Bees failed to climb out of the relegation zone when they last met Port Vale after a Tom Pope penalty secured a 1-0 win for the hosts at Vale Park.

Jamie Stephens prevented the hosts from taking an 11th minute lead when he denied Pope the chance to break the deadlock.

Both sides had the opportunity to go one up after the break but the three points were to be Vale’s when referee Anthony Blackhouse pointed to the spot with 11 minutes of normal time remaining. It was Valiants’ number nine who fired home.


Neil Aspin, who featured over 300 times for Vale between 1989 and 1999, took charge of the club at the start of October.

The 52-year-old began his managerial tenure at Harrogate Town in 2005 and after four years at the helm, he left for Halifax Town.

Before succeeding Michael Brown as manager at Vale Park, Aspin spent two years at National League side Gateshead.


Midfielder David Worrall joined Vale in the summer on a two-year deal after his contract was mutually cancelled by previous club Millwall.

The 27-year-old has four goals to his name this season in 31 league appearances. Worrall isn’t afraid to put in a tackle and his 32 shots so far this season shows he has an eye for goal too.

Alongside Millwall, Worrall has also spent time at West Brom, Bury, Rotherham United and Southend United along with loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Shrewsbury Town and Oldham Athletic.

The midfielder also scored Vale’s only goal in their previous game away at Grimsby.

Last Time Out:

Port Vale travelled to fellow league strugglers Grimsby Town in their last outing on Saturday.

A 10th minute David Worrall goal wasn’t enough to take maximum points back to Stoke-on-Trent as Mariners midfielder James Berrett equalised in stoppage time.

Ultimately, Vale failed to overtake Grimsby and remain 22nd, six points adrift of the bottom two.

Ticket info:

Supporters can find out more about tickets details here.

Keep up with the game:

Full match commentary from every game is available on iFollow. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can watch the game live on iFollow.

You can also get live match updates on Twitter throughout the afternoon. We are also on Facebook and will go behind the scenes on our Instagram.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Barnet FC 1-1 Port Vale

13 March 2018

The Bees’ played host to fellow league strugglers Port Vale on Tuesday night and climbed off bottom spot after a 1-1 draw.

Alex Nicholls’ fourth league goal of the season was cancelled out by a second half Anton Forrester header as the points were shared at the Hive.

The hosts opened the scoring with only four minutes on the clock after Ryan Watson’s strike cannoned off the bar, finding the feet of Nicholls who blasted home.

Neil Aspin’s men had the chance to equalise after 25 minutes when Cristian Montano’s effort from the edge of the box flew high over George Legg’s crossbar.

The visitors continued to pose an attacking threat six minutes later when Forrester’s shot on-the-turn was tipped past the post by the Barnet goalkeeper.

It was Vale on the attack once again six minutes from the break when David Worrall’s effort fell high and wide of the post following a one-two with Forrester.

The Bees could have doubled their lead three minutes after half-time when a Watson corner met the head of Ricardo Almeida Santos but he failed to convert.

The missed chance proved costly as Vale equalised soon after when Forrester nodded home from close range after Legg failed to keep out Michael Tonge’s cross.

A long-range thunderbolt from Barnet midfielder Curtis Weston looked to be heading on target but his effort could only find the stands.

The Bees skipper tried his luck again on the hour mark but his chest-and-vollied attempt failed to trouble Ryan Boot in the Valiants’ net.

With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Vale substitute Donovan Wilson was played through on goal but his low drive fell wide of the post.

Despite multiple chances from either side to claim maximum points, it finished one-a-piece.

The Bees host fourth placed Wycombe on Saturday in their next fixture.


Legg, Santos, Watson, Weston (C), Akinde (Briggs 75’), Tutonda, Bover (Akpa Akpro 82’) , Shomotun (Nicholson 75’), Vilhete, Nicholls, Sweeney.

Unused Subs: Ross (GK), Brindley, Coulthirst, Taylor.

Port Vale:

Boot, Raglan, Davis (Gibbons 75’) , Harness (Wilson 69’) , Pugh, Worrall, Montano, Forrester, Smith, Tongue, Hannant.

Unused Subs: Hornby (GK), Howe, Barnett, Whitfield, Middleton.

Attendance: 1153 (193 visitors)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Back the Bees against Port Vale tomorrow

12 March 2018

Our rearranged fixture against Port Vale is almost upon us, get your ticket now for this big game at The Hive London!

It will be the final league game under the floodlights this season and need your support in the fight for survival!

Tickets are available in advance online or on the day from the ticket office.

The South Terrace and South East Stand will be shut for this fixture, but the North East Stand has a reduced price to match that of the South Terrace, these tickets can be purchased on the night.

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