Port Vale v Aldershot preview

Date published: Monday 8th April 2013 12:33

Port Vale manager Micky Adams is likely to have an unchanged squad for the visit of the bottom-of-the-table Shots.

After recording the club’s biggest win for 53 years by beating Burton 7-1, Adams must decide whether to name the same starting XI or make changes.

Adams had the luxury of being able to withdraw Lee Hughes, who scored a hat-trick against Albion, and Jennison Myrie-Williams before the midway point of the second half on Friday night after both players went into the game with knocks.

The extra rest may see them retain their places, although Adams has Louis Dodds, Chris Shuker, Calvin Andrew and Ben Williamson, who came off the bench to score twice against Burton, in reserve.

Rob Taylor will be assessed after an Achilles problem while Ashley Vincent, absent for almost a month with an ankle injury, could return for Vale’s trip to Rochdale on Saturday.

Relegation-threatened Aldershot could be handed a triple boost for their trip to the second-placed Valiants.

Influential striker Danny Hylton has returned to training having missed the last five matches with a knee injury, while defender Troy Brown has rejoined his team-mates after spending the past seven weeks on the sidelines with a similar complaint.

Goalkeeper Jamie Young has also recovered from a thigh injury which ruled him out of the 3-2 victory over Oxford on Easter Monday, but boss Andy Scott must decide whether the trio are fit enough for selection at Vale Park.

Midfielder Aaron Morris will definitely miss out, however, having suffered cruciate ligament damage against the U’s, the Shots’ first win in seven matches.

Aldershot, who were not in action at the weekend and now boast two games in hand, find themselves propping up the League Two table but are just two points from safety.

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Port Vale v Aldershot preview

Date published: Friday 22nd March 2013 11:01

Captain Doug Loft is expected to go straight back into the Port Vale starting line-up on his return from suspension.

Loft has missed the last three matches and is the obvious choice to replace fellow midfielder Chris Birchall, who is away on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager Micky Adams will also be boosted by the return of full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones as he looks to get Vale back on track at Vale Park, where they have lost three times during a four-game winless run, against the Football League’s bottom team.

Right-back Duffy comes back into the reckoning after a virus and left-back Jones is fit again following a knee injury.

However, veteran centre-half Darren Purse and the versatile Rob Taylor look set to miss out along with suspended midfielder Sam Morsy, who completes a two-match ban.

Purse has missed the last two matches with a calf strain while Taylor broke a bone in his hand in training this week.

Winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with the ankle injury he suffered against Bristol Rovers on March 12 but the problem is not as bad as initially feared and he is expected to return before the end of the season.

Anthony Tonkin hopes to return to the fold for Aldershot but Lionel Ainsworth will play no part after his loan spell came to an end.

Left-back Tonkin has missed the last three matches due to a side injury but is back in training as the Shots aim to haul themselves off the foot of the npower League Two table.

One player who will not be involved, however, is attacking midfielder Ainsworth who, having started Aldershot’s last two games, has been recalled by parent club Rotherham.

Defender Troy Brown is back in training after being sidelined for over a month with an ankle injury but the game comes too soon for him.

Striker Danny Hylton is also making good progress with his knee injury but it is not yet known when he will return to contention.

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Port Vale v Aldershot preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 11:00

Aldershot will be without top scorer Danny Hylton for the trip.

The striker collected his fifth booking of the season in last weekend’s impressive 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury meaning he now serves an automatic one-match suspension.

Hylton, who has been linked with a move to a host of bigger clubs, has found the net 12 times for the Shots in all competitions this term although none of those have come in his last eight outings.

His absence will come as a blow to manager Dean Holdsworth who would have wanted to make as few changes as possible having hailed the performance of his players last Saturday as they collected the club’s first league win since the start of November.

Holdsworth made just the one change against Shrews as Scott Davies came in for Michael Rankine, who is likely to find himself reinstated into the starting XI against Vale to replace Hylton.

Gareth Owen and Marc Richards are pushing for places in the Port Vale starting line-up.

Defender Owen resumed full training on Monday after missing the last five matches with Achilles and hernia problems.

Striker Richards came through the final 15 minutes of the victory at Dagenham last weekend unscathed on his return from a troublesome ankle injury.

On-loan defender Shane O’Connor and striker Ben Williamson are in contention to make the squad after playing the full 90 minutes in a reserve-team game on Tuesday.

On-loan defender Liam Chilvers will play for the final time before returning to Notts County.

Midfielders Lewis Haldane (broken leg) and Ryan Burge (knee) and on-loan striker Andrew Little (knee) continue their rehabilitation from long-term injuries.

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