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30 March 2018 Venue Vale Park Attendance

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PREVIEW: Port Vale

29 March 2018

The Spireites will be looking to build on Sunday's impressive win over Notts County, when they head to the Potteries tomorrow, to take on Port Vale, 3pm. Here's our big match preview......

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, but supporters can purchase tickets on the day of the game, between 1-3pm from the away kiosk located outside the Hamill Road End. 

Any tickets bought on the day will be subject to a £2 price increase.

Category Price
 Adult £22
Seniors (62+)  £17 
Young adults  £17 
Juniors (12-17s)  £10 
Under 12s Free
Carers Free

Team news

Port Vale will check on the fitness of top goal scorer Tom Pope, who has missed out over the last month with a hernia injury.

The Spireites meanwhile can count on the availability of captain Robbie Weir, who despite his withdrawal last Sunday is ready to play.

Sam Hird, Giles Coke, Gozie Ugwu and Dylan Mottley-Henry all miss out through injury. Though Lester hopes to have both Ian Evatt and Jordan Sinnott available in the coming weeks, following their continued progress in training. 

The opposition

Manager - Neil Aspin

Current manager Neil Aspin has been in charge at Vale Park since October, replacing Michael Brown after Vale made a poor start to the season.

Despite an initial upturn in form, the Valiants have faltered recently and are one of several teams in an increasing tense League Two relegation battle, sat on 39 points from 39 games.

Aspin, 52, had a ten-year spell at Vale Park as player, notching up 348 appearances in that time. Prior to this, he also had a seven-year spell at Leeds United. His first step into management was at Harrogate Town in 2005, where he spent four years, before moving FC Halifax Town, where he led the club to three consecutive promotions, taking them from eighth tier to the Conference, before he was sacked in 2015.

He then moved on to Gateshead, where he kept the club in mid-table in the National League, before getting his first football league with Vale.

One to Watch- Nathan Smith

The centre-half is highly thought of at Vale Park, with the 21-year-old completing 100 consecutive starts in a white shirt, in last week's 0-0 draw away at Wycombe Wanderers.

His impressive form during that time has seen him attract interest from both Championship and Premier League clubs.

In the 2016-17 season Smith picked up five awards at the club’s end of season awards night, these included Young player of the year and Players player of the year. Prior to that, Smith enjoyed loan spells with both Stafford Rangers and Torquay United. 

Head to Head

Since the first meeting between the two sides back in 1899, the Spireites have held the upper hand over the Valiants, with the overall record standing as follows: -

Port Vale - 33 (wins)

Draws- 22

Chesterfield - 43 (wins) 

A performance which Chesterfield will be hoping to recreate tomorrow afternoon, was that of December 2012, when the Spireites came away from Vale Park 2-0 winners. Jay O’Shea opened the scoring for Town on the 37th minute, before Tendayi Darikwa doubled his side’s advantage with a goal in the second half.

Click on the link below to see the goals from that day.

From the dugout

Lester knows the significance of the fixture, given where the two teams sit in the Sky Bet League Two table.

However, despite Vale's win-less run in 2018, he's not expecting an easy fixture.

He said: "We know what's coming, we know what to expect.

"They've drawn a lot of games recently, which they could've won. So we're prepared. It'll be a good game."

Can't get to Stoke-on-Trent? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game. 

Across match day we'll have:

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.

- Stats and reaction across the weekend on the official site.

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Match Reports

Spireites Defeated at Port Vale

30 March 2018

A sublime free-kick in the second-half from Louis Read was not enough for the Spireites as they fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park on Friday afternoon.

A rather uneventful first half at Vale Park exploded just before half time, as Vale midfielder Danny Pugh gave his side the lead before being sent off just moments later. 

The Spireites did not take long to make their numerical advantage count in the second half as Reed curled home a free-kick. However, substitute Ben Whitfield claimed all three points for 10-man Vale in the 82nd minute with a curling strike. 

Spireites manager Jack Lester opted to name an unchanged starting line-up for this match following the impressive 3-1 win at home to Notts County last weekend. 

The first big opportunity of the game fell the way of the hosts, but top scorer Tom Pope, who had just returned from injury, could only head David Worrall’s cross wide of the target. 

Despite a strong start from Vale, the Spireites were inches away from taking the lead in the 16th minute. Zavon Hines shrugged off a challenge from Charlie Raglan before unleashing a shot that was tipped onto the post by Ryan Boot. 

Aaron Ramsdale was being regularly tested in the Chesterfield goal throughout the first half. He first kept out Cristian Montano’s curling effort with relative ease before having to get down quick to push Luke Hannant’s low drive around the post just moments later. 

The combination of Worrall and Pope caused the Spireites problems again before half-time. Worrall’s cross was met by Pope who headed back across goal towards Tyrone Barnett. The 32-year-old forward forced a good save from Ramsdale before the offside flag was eventually raised by the linesman. 

However, the home side did take the lead just moments before half-time in the 43rd minute. Worrall was the architect as he found space down the right wing and his cross was converted from close range by Pugh. 

The 35-year-old’s euphoria did not last for long though. He was sent off by referee Tony Harrington just moments after he gave his side the lead for a strong challenge on Jacob Brown.

It did not take the Spireites long to make their numerical advantage count following the restart as they equalised in the 56th minute. Reed curled a free-kick from the edge of the area into the top corner to send the travelling supporters into delirium. 

The home side did not let their heads drop after being pegged back and could have retaken the lead in the 65th minute. Montano drove into space down the left wing before his cross was dealt with by Reed as he diverted it behind for a corner. 

Another chance went begging for the hosts in the 73rd minute. Montano’s low driven cross found Pope in the area but he failed to connect properly. 

This was shortly followed by Chesterfield’s best opportunity to score since they levelled things up. Bradley Barry produced a delightful cross into the box from the right wing but Kristian Dennis’ header rattled the crossbar. 

The Spireites were dealt a bitter blow in the 82nd minute as 10-man Vale retook the lead. Substitute Whitfield closed in on goal before curling a right-footed effort into the bottom corner past Ramsdale.

Dennis had a great opportunity to set up a grandstand finish when Boot came rushing out of his goal. However, the Spireites’ top scorer could only find the roof of the net with his effort as his side fell to a disappointing defeat.

Port Vale: Boot, Raglan, Pugh, Pope, Worrall (Myers-Harness 89), Montano, Barnett (Whitfield 57), Smith, Tonge (A. Kay 54), Howkins, Hannant.

Unused subs: Davis, Hornby (gk), Turner, Gibbons, Whitfield.

Chesterfield: Ramsdale, Barry, Nelson, Whitmore, Talbot, Weir, Reed, Kellett (Dodds 81), Hines (J.Kay 81), Brown (O’Grady, 86), Dennis. 

Unused subs: Anyon (gk), Smith, Maguire, McCourt. 

Attendance: 5,713 (879 from Chesterfield)

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Ticket News

Port Vale Ticket Update

29 March 2018

Tickets for tomorrow's match with Port Vale, 3pm, will go off sale at the Proact ticket office and online at 12pm today (Thursday).

Tickets for the game at Vale Park are priced as follows: -

Category Price
 Adult  £20
Seniors (62+)  £15 
Young adults  £15 
Juniors (12-17s)  £8 
Under 12s Free
Carers Free

Tickets will also be available on the day of the game, from the away kiosk situated outside the Hamill Road End between 1-3pm. Any tickets bought on the day will be subject to a £2 price increase.

Ambulant disabled supporters will be charged at the relevant category, they are able to sit in the away stand, but are advised that no disabled facilities are available in this area. Vale Park does have a dedicated stand for disabled supporters, though this is a mixed area and is located at the opposite end of the ground to where the away supporters will sit.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for this stand must do so in advance, by calling the Vale ticket office on 01782 655821. Car parking priced at £10 for this stand can also be booked in advance if needed.

Meanwhile, matchday parking is also available at Vale Park, though this can not be purchased in advanced, it is priced as follows:-

Vehicle Price
Cars £5
Mini bus £16
Coach

£25

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