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Match Preview: Port Vale (A)

12 February 2016

Fleetwood Town travel to Port Vale on Saturday afternoon

A trip to Vale Park to play Port Vale on Saturday afternoon is next on the agenda for Steven Pressley’s Fleetwood Town side, with Town aiming to return to winning ways in Staffordshire.

Fleetwood go into the League One encounter having been involved in a goalless stalemate against Shrewsbury Town at Highbury on Sunday afternoon, a result which keeps them 21st in the league standings.

Elsewhere, Port Vale, who currently reside in ninth within the third-tier, fought back to earn a credible point at home to promotion-chasing Coventry City last weekend as Sam Kelly’s 84th minute equaliser cancelled out Jacob Murphy’s opener.

Team News:

Nathan Pond will miss the trip to Vale Park on Saturday as the defender is on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

So too are Pond’s fellow team-mates Danny Andrew, Joe Davis and David Henen, with the pair unavailable for the Vale game due to their respective injuries.

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan is likely to miss out, while Antoni Sarcevic and Eggert Jonsson are hoping to be back in contention.

New signing Shola Ameobi will travel with the Cod Army to Staffordshire, and will be in contention for a starting place.

Ticket information:

The travelling Cod Army supporters will be situated in the Hamil Road Stand and prices are as follows: 

Adults: £22

Seniors (62+2): £17

Young adult (18-21): £17

Junior (9-17): £10

Under 9’s: Free

Port Vale also offer the following family ticket prices:

One adult + one junior: £29

One senior + one junior: £24

One young adult + one junior: £24

One adult + two juniors: £38

Supporters will be able to pay on the day on Saturday for the same price at Vale Park’s cash only turnstiles.

Travel information:

Coaches will be departing Highbury Stadium at 10.30am, and are priced at £7 for season ticket holders and £14 for non season ticket holders.

One to watch:

Forward AJ Leitch-Smith will be looking to add to his current goal tally of eight league strikes on Saturday when Fleetwood visit Vale Park.

A native of Crewe, the forward began his career within the youth set-up at his hometown side, and progressed through the academy at the Railwayman to sign professional terms in 2008.

Loan spells at Halifax Town, Newcastle Town, Curzon Ashton, and Icelandic side IBV in a short space of time followed early on in his career.

Over a six-year stay at Gresty Road, Leitch-Smith made 103 appearances for Alexandra, scoring three goals, as well as helping them to a promotion to League One via the Play-Offs in May 2012, which was followed by a return to Wembley in 2013 as Crewe won the JPT.

The 25-year-old left Crewe in June 2014, as he spent a solitary season ay Yeovil Town with the Glovers relegated to League Two at the end of that campaign.

Leitch-Smith returned to League One last summer, penning a year long deal at Port Vale on a free-transfer, and has so far impressed for Rob Page’s men as they look to push for a Play-Off place.

Listen Live:

If you’re not making the trip to Vale Park on Saturday afternoon, Cod Army Player HD will guide you through the full 90 minutes courtesy of Gary Hunt.

After the match, interviews with Steven Pressley and a player will be available to subscribers.

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