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Match Preview | Port Vale (A)

16 September 2022

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Match Preview | Port Vale (A)

16 September 2022

Shrewsbury Town will make the trip to Vale Park this Saturday to take on newly promoted Port Vale in Sky Bet League One.

On Tuesday night, Shrewsbury beat Exeter City 3-2 at Montgomery Waters Meadow in a dramatic clash against the Grecians.

The visitors had gone 2-0 ahead with goals from Pierce Sweeney and Jonathan Grounds inside the opening 20 minutes. However, it was not long before Matthew Pennington and Tom Bayliss scored for the Shrews to ensure the game was level at the break.

As the game looked to be heading to a draw, Chey Dunkley scored the winner in the 93rd minute to claim all three points.

Meanwhile, Port Vale faced Barnsley where the points were shared at Oakwell stadium. Liam King had put Barnsley 1-0 up just before the first half was coming to an end. In the second half, Ellis Harrison then equalised for Vale in the 83rd minute to ensure his side gained a valuable away point.

Shrewsbury and Port Vale have faced each other on 56 occasions with Salop winning 20 of those, losing 18 and drawing 18. The most recent meetings between the sides were in the Football League Trophy. In September 2019, The Valiants won the group stage fixture 2-1 at Vale Park. Salop also faced Vale earlier that year in the third round in January 2019, drawing 1-1 before losing 4-3 on penalties. Shrewsbury won the second round fixture 2-1 in December in the 2017/2018 season.

Before this, the two sides last met in the league in the 2016/2017 League One campaign. The fixture at Montgomery Wasters Meadow ended 0-0 in November that season, with Vale winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in March 2017.

Name: Port Vale

Stadium: Vale Park

Founded: 1876 (146 years ago)

Chairlady: Carol Shanahan

Manager: Darrell Clarke

Record League win: 9-1 vs Chesterfield, Second Division, 24th September 1932

Record League defeat: 0-10 vs Sheffield United, Second Division, 10th December 1892.

Highest League finish: 5th in Second Division (second tier) in the 1930/1931 season.

One to watch: Ellis Harrison

New signing Ellis Harrison only joined Vale on 11th August this year but has already scored three times in six matches for his side. It was Harrison’s goal in the 83rd minute in their last outing that ensured Vale left Oakwell stadium with a point in their 1-1 draw at Barnsley in the week.

The 28-year-old centre-forward has spent most of his career at Bristol Rovers between 2011-2018, but has also featured for Hartlepool (on loan), and played for Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town before making the switch to Vale.


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