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23:44 21st March 2013
By  Dave Johnson

Can Vale shoot the Shots?

Hopefully Vale’s victory over York City last weekend will prove to be the stepping stone that gets our season back on track, and now, with respect to Saturday’s visitors we have an opportunity to press on even further.

After midweek results went against them, York are now second bottom in League Two with only this week’s opponents at Vale Park, Aldershot Town, below than in the table.

On paper the game should be a walk in the park fr the Vale but we know full well that will not be the case, especially at this stage of the season when the teams at the bottom are scrapping for their very survival in the Football League.

On Tuesday night, four teams who were level on points with Aldershot all won, so that should be a warning, if in fact we needed one. Neither the Shots nor York played on Tuesday, or perhaps they may have had positive results themselves.

Our recent form on home turf hasn’t been too impressive, but the confidence gained from our win last weekend will hopefully go a long way to restoring confidence and hopefully that will show in the run-in.

Aldershot had a poor start to the season, winning just twice in their opening 13 league fixtures, before recovering a little with a few decent results.

They won back to back games in February, beating both Torquay United and Fleetwood Town, but those victories have been the only ones on a run of fourteen matches.

Tom Pope has struggled to find the net recently after a fantastic 27 goals saw him top the scoring charts in the whole of the country, and it will be interesting to see how he performs this weekend.

It was the breakdown of his relationship with then manager of Rotherham United, Andy Scott, which saw him leave the Millers to join his boyhood club, Port Vale.

Scott is now in charge of Aldershot Town. Will that prove as extra motivation for the Vale striker?

Vale will be without the services of midfielder Chris Birchall, who is on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago, but skipper Doug Loft is set to return after serving a three-man suspension.

Vale are hopeful of a return for Daniel Jones, who was forced to pull out of the squad in the warm-up at Bootham Crescent last weekend, but Ryan Burge is still serving an internal suspension implemented by the club.

Rob Taylor is doubtful after breaking a bone in his hand in training this week and defender Darren Purse has been unable to train so is effectively ruled out.

If you are unable to attend Saturday’s game, make sure you tune in to Valiant Player for full match commentary, courtesy of Radio Stoke.

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