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8 January 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to this evenings Port Vale t

Tonight we take on Port vale in the Checkatrade Trophy Northern Section third round at Vale Park. To get to this stage of the competition they've beaten Burton, Middlesbrough u21 and Walsall in the group stages and then Stoke U21 in the last round. In the other cup competitions, Vale lost to Lincoln in the League Cup first round and to Sunderland at home in the first round of the F.A. Cup. Their League campaign is at a bit of a low ebb at the moment with no League wins since late November. Their last game was a 1-1 draw at Lincoln in League Two on January 1st.

Head to Head

Town have played Port Vale 53 times and have won twenty of those games with Port Vale winning 16. We've met twice in this competition winning at Vale 2-1 in December 2017 and at home to Vale in 2002 at Gay Meadow where we won 2-1 again.

Top Scorer (Checkatrade Trophy only)

Cristian Montano 2
Rick Miller 2

Clean Sheets

Three from four games in this competition.

Referee - Eddie Ilderton from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 4. Yellow cards: 14. Red cards:0.
Assistant: Nik Barnard and Gareth Mellor
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

Squad News

Port Vale centre-back Connell Rawlinson may miss out because of a heel injury.

Town will be without Lenell John-Lewis and Shaun Whalley.


This looks likely to be a difficult game for us for a few reasons, one of which is their form in this competition with nine goals scored and just one conceded. They have also had a bit of a break since New Years Day when they drew 1-1 at Lincoln. They're likely to name a more regular eleven than we may with tired legs from the Christmas period. As ever though, if we play our best we can get something from this game.


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MATCH REPORT: Port Vale Shrewsbury Town

8 January 2019

Vale: Scott Brown, James Gibbons, Luke Joyce (Dior Angus, 68), Antony Kay, Manny Oyeleke, Tom Pope, Luke Hannant, Connell Rawlinson, Nathan Smith, Mitchell Clark, Ben Whitfield (Ricky Miller, 79).

Subs: Sam Hornby, David Worrall, Ricky Miller, Louis Dodds, Dior Angus, Theo Vassell, Tom Conlon

Town:  Joel Coleman, Josh Emmanuel (Alex Gilliead, 90), Kieran Kennedy, Omar Beckles, Lee Angol, Doug Loft, Abo Eisa, Ryan Sears, James Rowland (Fejiri Okenabirhie, 90), Ryan Barnett, Christos Shelis

Subs: Steve Arnold, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Alex Gilliead, Lifumpa Mwandwe, Kian Taylor, Jack Leask, Jamaine Turner.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Assistants: Nik Barnard and Gareth Miller

Fourth official: Simeon Lucas

Attendance: 1355 (192)

Town lose out in the Checkatrade Trophy with a penalty loss to Port Vale.

Ryan Sears’ goal wasn’t enough to see Town progress into the next round of the cup as the Valiants secured a late equaliser to see the game into penalties.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made a number of changes to the starting line up for the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Port Vale. A number of Town youth prospects were included in the match day 18.

First Half:

The first 15 minutes of the half under the lights at Vale Park went by with both teams lacking goalmouth opportunities. Town’s young players didn’t look out of Place against the Valiants and were providing the strong Vale side with a battle in the middle of the park.

Ryan Barnett was one of Town’s bright sparks in the early stages of the half. The midfielder was ensuring Vale’s Mitchell Clark was being made to work on the right side of the pitch. Amongst with Ryan Sears, the two combined well to look dangerous.

James Rowland was unfairly booked in the 39th minute by referee Christopher Sarginson. Rowland was covering on the left wing as the two went shoulder to shoulder as the Vale man went to the ground.

Josh Emmanuel came inches away from giving Town the lead just before the half-time whistle. Sears and Barnett were once again being a trouble down the right wing. Barnett lofted in a cross and Emmanuel managed to get on the end of the ball with a diving header but saw his effort glance past the post.

The half came to an end with the score sheet remaining unmarked. Both teams were entertaining a highly competitive half and the score line was a fair reflection of the first 45 minutes of action.

Second Half:

Just five minutes into the half James Gibbons was given a yellow card for a challenge on Lee Angol as he looked to break on the left wing.

Joel Coleman was having a relatively quiet night in the Town goal and didn’t have many problems to face. But when called into action, the keeper comfortably claimed a Luke Joyce shot which was fired from outside of the box.

Connell Rawlinson was the next player to be added to the referee’s book. The defender made a poor challenge on Eisa as the forward looked progress into the Vale box.

Sears finally broke the deadlock in the 64th minute for Town. Emmanuel floated a lovely ball towards the back post and Town’s young defender managed to get his head on the cross to lift the ball over the keeper – giving Town the lead.

A goal-line clearance was the only thing preventing the home side from getting back into the game with just 10 minutes to go. Sears proved to be vital at the other end of the pitch as well and cleared the ball to keep Town’s lead intact.

Shortly after, Town were punished for not clearing a cross as Tom Pope snuck in at the back post to stab home the ball from a low cross, which brought the home side level with very few minutes on the clock.

The game came to an end with the scores level and the tie was decided on penalties.


Okenabirhie: GOAL

Oyeleke: (Vale): Goal

Gilliead: Saved

Miller: (Vale) Goal

Angol: GOAL

Pope: (Vale) SAVED

Eisa: Saved

Kay: (Vale) Goal

Barnett: GOAL

Hannant: (Vale) Goal

The Valiants won the shootout and put themselves into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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Port Vale Ticket Details

6 January 2019

Ticket details for the Checkatrade game at Vale Park

Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 8th January – 7:45pm Kick-Off
Vale Park
Checkatrade Trophy Third Round

Tickets are now on sale for our Checkatrade Trophy Third Round trip to Port Vale.

Admission Prices

Adults (22-61) - £10
Concessions (0-21, 62+) - £5

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant ticket price (Adult/Concession/Junior) and are entitled to a PA ticket free as long as disabled supporter is on medium to high rate disability allowance. Please be aware that the buyer will need their documentation to enter the stadium.

Port Vale have a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed supporter area, and is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the away stand.
This is suitable for ambulant disabled who require accessible facilities and all wheelchair users. Tickets for this stand must be booked direct from Port Vale by calling their Ticket Office on 01782 655821.
Car Parking at £10 for this stand can be booked in advance if needed, with tickets.

Matchday parking ids available at Cars - £5, Mini Bus - £16, Coach - £25. All is pay on the day and no booking is required.

Tickets will be available to Town supporters on the day but there will be a £2 increase in ticket prices. A CASH ONLY sales point will be open from 6pm ahead of the game by the away stand.

Tickets go off sale on Tuesday 8th January, at 12 noon, after then it is pay on the day.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.


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