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3 September 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to this evenings Leasing.com Trophy trip to Vale Park

Tonight we face Port Vale in the ever-popular Football League Trophy, sponsored by Leasing.com. It's our first fixture in the competition this season and we've been grouped together with Macclesfield, Newcastle United under23's and Port Vale, in the Northern Section. Vale has had a decent enough start to the season and sit in tenth place after two wins, three draws and a defeat, giving them nine points.

Manager John Askey made a fair few changes in the closed season with over twenty players moving in or out, including Kieran Kennedy who Askey also signed for us last closed season. Two of his new signings top the Vale scoring chart, midfielder David Amoo and forward Richard Bennett with a couple of goals each.

Bennett arrived from non-league football a couple of seasons ago after Carlisle signed him on a free from Barrow and were repaid with 12 goals in all competitions. By contrast, midfielder Amoo started as a Liverpool trainee and has never played outside the football league apart from a spell with Partick Thistle. He arrived during the closed season from Cambridge where he scored seven times in 67 games including sub appearances.

Head to Head

We've played the Valiant's 64 times and have won 20 to Vales 16 with 18 ending as draws. Our most recent meeting was last season in this competition with the game ending in a 1-1 draw at Vale Park. Vale won the resulting penalty shoot-out by 4 goals to three. Before that we played in the previous seasons version of this competition but that time we won and eventually made it to the final.

Squad News

Town’s two new strikers won’t be available, as they didn't sign in quite enough time to play in this game. We have a few injuries, which makes predicting the line-up quite difficult.

John Askey may also make changes to give his squad players more game time.

Summary

A game against Vale can't is discussed without mentioning the fact that the Vale manager started last season with us. I thought he was particularly unlucky with the timing of his appointment. He had a great deal of expectation to swim against and had his seasons plans thrown into chaos when the lynchpins of his team were unsettled, days before the season by his predecessor. Had that not happened, no doubt things would have been different but its all water under the bridge now. Askey ended up at a club where he had a long-lasting affinity with and both Vale and Town are in the top half of their divisions.

Tonight's game is difficult to call with both teams set to make changes. It could go either way but we should have the better chance of winning given our higher league status. However, that gap can be breached with a decent performance so we should take nothing for granted.

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Port Vale 2 Shrewsbury Town 1

3 September 2019

Town start their Leasing.com Trophy campaign with a defeat at Vale Park

Shrewsbury Town (3-5-2)
Murphy, Love, Ebanks-Landell, Walker, Barnett, Thompson, Goss, Laurent, Golbourne, Whalley, Udoh
SUBS: O'Leary, Edwards, Morison, Rowland, McCormick, Taylor, Ward

Port Vale (4-3-3)
Brown, Gibbons, Crookes, Kennedy, Pope, Montano, Smith, Taylor, Evans, Amoo, Lloyd.
SUBS: Joyce, Legge, Worrall, Cullen, Burgess, Archer, Maddison

Referee – Leigh Doughty
Attendance – 1008 – 146 Town fans

Ethan Ebanks-Landell captained Town tonight after a 2-1 loss at Vale Park. The hosts come from behind to secure all three points in The Leasing.com Trophy. Sam Ricketts made six changes to his squad from Ipswich on Saturday. The Valiant's began the game with two debutantes, ex-Town man Kieran Kennedy and Callum Evans.

Town went into half-time with a one-goal lead after being the stronger team for the first 45. The goal came just shy of the 30-minute mark after Town produced a very good move.

Dan Udoh got the game underway after a productive first 45 minutes that allowed Town to produce some quality football. Town's first chance came within the first two minutes as Udoh was pressing high and quick, forcing errors on Vale's backline.

Shortly after, Vale's first chance of the game came, after a cross by Cristian Montano landed at the feet of David Amoo however, Donald Love was quick off the mark to clear the ball.

After the ten-minute mark, Town began to dominate play. Keeping possession, applying the high press and causing all kind of trouble for Vale's backline. A long goal kick from Joe Murphy fell into the path of Josh Laurent, who went toe-to-toe to win the ball. Laurent won a Town throw by the corner flag however; the possession was turned over.

Adam Crooks with a bad pass-back finds Udoh and pinched it, then Udoh laid it off to Whalley but James Gibbons was there to put it out for a corner. Up steps Sean Goss, but it found captain Tom Pope's head went back out for another corner. However, this time it was too deep meaning Callum Evans couldn't control it. Laurent won the ball, but Evans did well to win back possession and put it out for a throw deep in Vales half. Ryan Barnett with a good delivery was cleared by Vale.

Town played some very good football in the first 45 minutes, with one-touch football between Golbourne and Laurent which then allowed Udoh to join in on the fun. With Town keeping the ball and being the better team, they managed to find the back the net with another good piece of play.

With Ryan Barnett creating it down the right-hand side with some quick-fire step-overs leaving his man confused, he fires in a low cross that reaches Scott Golbourne who crossed the ball himself which then fell to Josh Laurent and his effort lands on the bar and it hit ex-Town man and Vale debutante, Kieran Kennedy.

Vale bounced back quickly after Amoo hit Murphy's post as he was on the end of Montano's cross. Shortly after, Vale began struggling to get out of their own half after Town once again were on top and were playing great football.

Midfield-maestro Goss played a brilliant ball from the middle of the field out to Golbourne on the right-hand-side and found Louis Thompson. Thompson used his energy and speed to power through Vale's midfield and defence but is bought down just outside the edge of the box. Shaun Whalley stepped up and hit the target, but Scott Brown easily made the save.

Town ended the first-half full of energy and on top searching for another goal, or two.

HALF-TIME Port Vale 0 – 1 Shrewsbury Town (OG Kennedy)

Vale's Ryan Lloyd got the second half underway. Vale came out second half like a new team with a high press.

Goss accidentality gave away a free-kick around 30-yards out. Youngster James Gibbons steps up to take the free-kick and was deflected off the Town wall and out for a Vale corner. Lloyd took the corner that was headed out by Udoh and allowed Thompson to break. Thompson and Whalley linked up well down the right-hand-side. Thompson released the ball to Goss in the middle and crossed a brilliant ball over to Golbourne. Golbourne touched the ball first time that played into Udoh, Udoh is then bought down but the linesman called offside.

Just after the 50 minute mark, Vale began to pick up and start to create chance after chance as Town lost possession in the middle of the park with Laurent as Pope won the ball and played a cute through ball to striker Amoo, however; Brad Walker was there before him and he played it out for a Vale corner. Minutes later again, Montano fired another cross in that lands on Pope's head, but he struggled to convert it into the goal as it is fired well over Murphy's goal.

Shy of the 60-minute mark, both Town and Vale make a chance, Thompson came off for youngster Luke McCormick and Vale bought new boy Jordan Archer on for Pope.

A harsh penalty was awarded for Vale as Amoo was softly bought down by Love. Amoo steps up and places the ball in the middle of Murphy's goal and gets the equalising goal. Vale were full of confidence and were on the hunt for another goal. A great chance for them as a long ball was being chased down by Archer as Love couldn't quite make it. Love got frustrated and pushed Amoo to the ground. Love received the first yellow of the game.

15 minutes before the final whistle was about to blow, Vale got their second and the winning goal. New boy Archer was on the end of it after a cross from Gibbons fell to his feet. Vale were in the lead with 15 minutes remaining.

Town had a great chance cleared off the line as Goss whipped in a corner onto Walker's head and somehow it never managed to cross the line. Town were unlucky to not get their second and the equaliser. Another two chances came for Town after Whalley hit a bouncing ball just over Brown's top right corner. McCormick had another great effort, but it was deflected out for a corner. The corner came flying in quite deep at the back post and found Whalley's head that set McCormick up on the volley but sliced it wide.

Town are now on international break. They will be in action again on Saturday 14th September at The Cherry Red Records Stadium against AFC Wimbledon.

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Ticket News

Port Vale Ticket Details

3 September 2019

Ticket details for our Leasing.com trip to Vale Park

Port Vale v Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday 3rd September - 7:45 pm kick-off
Vale Park
Leasing.com Trophy

Tickets are now on sale for our Leasing.com Trophy trip to the Vale Park.

We have been allocated just over 500 tickets for our Leasing.com trip to Vale Park.
 
Tickets go off sale from our ticket office at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd, after that it is pay on the day at Vale Park.

Prices:

Adults (22-61) - £10
Concessions (0-21) - £5
Concession (62+) - £5
Carers - Free

Patrons with a disability who are ambulant are receiving medium or high ratings may have a helper with them free of charge.
These supporters will be charged the appropriate price for their age.
They may sit in the away stand but please be aware there are no facilities for supporters with disabilities in this stand.
Port Vale do 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 uses. Tickets for this stand must be booked directly with Vale in advance by calling 01782 655821.
Car parking for this stand can be booked in advance if needed, with tickets.

Matchday parking is available priced as follows.
Cars - £5
Minibus - £16
Coach - £25
All are 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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