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Preview: Port Vale

18 February 2019

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers face their second away game in a row on Tuesday night when they visit Port Vale for a rearranged League Two fixture at Vale Park.

The initial match was due to be played on Saturday 2nd February, but it was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Micky Mellon’s side head to Staffordshire having earned a battling point in Saturday’s goalless draw at Cambridge United to move up to 11th in the fourth-tier.

Standing in Tranmere’s way on Tuesday night are a Port Vale side who have a new manager, John Askey.

Currently 20th in the table, the Valiants slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Morecambe, with Aaron Collins scoring a late winner for the Shrimps.

The Valiants’ season so far

It has been a tough campaign for the Burslem outfit, a season which has seen a change of manager following Neil Aspin’s departure last month, with Askey tasked with steering the club away from the bottom two places. 

Former Macclesfield Town boss Askey, once a youth team player on the books of the Valiants, returns to the club looking to revive their fortunes.

From their 32 games in League Two, they have won eight, drawn nine and lost 15.

Should they earn three points on Tuesday night, Vale could move up to 18th position.

One to Watch

Striker Tom Pope currently leads the way in the club’s goal-scoring charts this term.

The Stoke-on-Trent-native started his professional career in the youth set up at Crewe Alexandra but left Gresty Road to drop down to non-league with Biddulph Victoria after he was not offered a professional deal.

He returned to Crewe as a professional in October 2005, scoring 17 goals in 56 league games in four years with the Railwaymen.

In June 2009, Pope joined Rotherham United for £150,000 – spending two seasons with the Millers in South Yorkshire.

Pope then moved to Port Vale permanently in August 2011 following a loan stint at Vale Park. He scored 31 goals in 2012/13 as the club won automatic promotion up to League One. In total, he netted 56 times in 163 games throughout his four year stay.

The 33-year-old made the switch to Bury in June 2015, remaining at Gigg Lane for two years before re-signing for his boyhood club on a free-transfer in May 2017.

And since returning to Vale, club captain Pope has 25 goals to his name from 69 league appearances, including nine strikes this season.

Tickets

The SWA will be housed in the Hamil Road stand, where 4,500 fans can be accommodated.

Tickets from the original fixture will be valid to be used for the new date on Tuesday.

If you wish to get a refund on their original ticket, they will need come in to our Club Store with the ticket. If purchased from Port Vale, you will need to contact them.

Adults: £20
Seniors (62+): £15
Young Adult (18-21): £15
Junior (2-17): £8
U12: Free with full paying adult

There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities which is a mixed supporter area. Tickets for wheelchair bays must be booked through Port Vale, by contacting their ticket office at 01782 655821.

The supporters’ coach will depart Prenton Park at 4pm and there are still spaces available. Please click here or call 0333 014 4452

To visit our ticket website, please click here.

Match Coverage

Can’t make it to Rovers’ away game at Port Vale on Tuesday night? Don’t worry as you can keep up with goings on at Vale Park.

You can now sign up to Tranmere Rovers’ iFollow, which allows access to extended highlights and interviews with manager Micky Mellon and a player, after the game.

To sign up, click here

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @tranmererovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

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Match Reports

Report: Port Vale 1-2 Tranmere

19 February 2019

A brace from Sky Bet League Two top goalscorer James Norwood, his 21st and 22nd league goals of the campaign, sealed a deserved 2-1 win for Tranmere at Port Vale.

The striker scored in the first and second half to seal the win in front of more than 800 Tranmere supporters. Vale’s Ben Whitfield scored for the hosts shortly after Norwood’s second, but the visitors held on for a deserved three points to move up to ninth in the division.

Tranmere named an unchanged line up and bench from the 0-0 draw at Cambridge United last weekend.

Port Vale were seeing more of possession in the opening stages, but with their first attack, Rovers took the lead through Sky Bet League Two top goal scorer, Norwood.

The goal came about when winger Kieron Morris cut in from the left to drive a shot at the goalkeeper, Scott Brown. The ball deflected just behind the striker, but he did well to turn away to retrieve the ball and fire home.

Port Vale had chance to react immediately through Ben Whitfield, through on goal, the number 24’s shot was tame and easy for Scott Davies in the TRFC goal.

Tranmere’s Connor Jennings had the next opportunity, a half chance on the edge of the penalty box, but lashed his half volley over the bar.

Both Norwood and manager Micky Mellon were handed yellow cards but referee Trevor Kettle after the striker thought he was fouled in the penalty box, but their retaliation to a penalty not being awarded earnt the pair bookings.

Norwood nearly wriggled home his second of the night in the 40th minute, but from a tight angle, the keeper saved well with his feet. At the other end, veteran centre forward Tom Pope leaped above the TRFC defence to send a header into the away crowd behind Davies’ goal.

The second half began with the rain starting to come down in Burslem but the travelling support stayed with their team, and soon enough, Norwood had his 22nd league goal of the season.

The striker broke through to collect Jennings pass and with a perfect left footed strike, found the bottom hand corner to put TRFC two goals to the good.

But before the hour mark, Vale pulled a goal back as Whitfield drove through the heart of the TRFC defence to fire past the outstretched arm of Davies.

Jennings hit another strike just wide of the mark for TRFC before Zoumana Bakayogo heroically kept the visitors level with an excellent goal line saving header, before the follow up chance was saved by Davies.

Norwood came within a whisker of scoring his first hat trick for Tranmere only a couple of minutes later, firing a shot from the right-hand side slightly wide of the left hand post.

Tranmere made two changes as they looked to keep ahead in the game, Jonny Smith and Harvey Gilmour replacing Morris and Ben Pringle.

Port Vale were pushing for an equaliser but the TRFC defence stood strong with a late strike from substitute Ricky Miller the final throw of the dice for the hosts as Rovers collected a deserved three points.

Tranmere: Davies, Caprice, Ellis, Monthe, Bakayogo, Morris (Smith 76), Perkins, McCullough, Pringle (Gilmour 62), Jennings, Norwood. Unused subs: Pilling, Buxton, Mullin, Dagnall, Banks.

Attendance: 3,835 812 away.

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Ticket News

Port Vale ticket information

28 January 2019

Tranmere Rovers have been given an initial allocation of 1,020 in the Hamil Road Stand for our League Two match against Port Vale on Saturday 2nd February, 3pm kick-off. 

Tickets for the game will go on sale from Monday 14th January, with prices as follows...

Adults: £20
Seniors (62+): £15
Young Adult (18-21): £15
Junior (2-17): £8
U12: Free with full paying adult

The admission price for disabled supporters (with a carer) is based upon their relevant age category of adults, concessions and junior, whilst the carer is admitted free of charge. They may sit in the away stand, but there are no facilities for supporters with disabilties. 

There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities which is a mixed supporter area. This is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the away end. Tickets for wheelchair bays must be booked through Port Vale, by contacting their ticket office at 01782 655821. 

Supporters will be available to purchase on the day, the allocation for the stand is 4,000. There will be a £2 increase per age category for match day tickets. This will be cash only sales from the away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand. Supporters can purchase from 1pm on the day of the game. 

Postage tickets will go off sale on Tuesday 29th January 2pm. All other tickets will go off sale on Friday 1st February, 12pm. 

To visit our ticket website, please click here. 

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