Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Buy tickets
17 March 2018 Venue Vale Park Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Buy a pass:

Listen live now

Watch live now

Listen or watch live now

Recent results


English Football League - League Two

Advertisement block

Advertisement block

Live commentary of this match has not yet started.

toggle inactive

key moments

Updated at

There are currently no key moments to display.

Advertisement block

Advertisement block

Advertisement block

Advertisement block

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW: Port Vale vs Stevenage

16 March 2018

Neil Aspin's Port Vale host Stevenage this weekend looking to build upon two away draws at Grimsby Town and Barnet in Sky Bet League Two. You can find all of the important information ahead of the clash below...

Fixture: Port Vale vs Stevenage

Competition: Sky Bet League Two

Date: Saturday 17th March 2018

Kick-off: 3pm

Venue: Vale Park



The Valiants return to home soil following two away trips in the past week, with Darren Sarll's Stevenage making the northbound trip to Vale Park.

In the reverse fixture back in September, it was Boro who picked up a deserved 2-0 win at the Lamex Stadium as Danny Newton and Jonathan Smith ensured their side continued their impressive form.

Vale will be looking for revenge this time out, and having secured two points on the road in the last week, they will be eager to go one better and pick up all three in front of the home crowd.

Mansfield were the last side to prevail in Burslem back in November, meaning Aspin's men hold an unbeaten record that provides encouragement heading into this clash.


The Opposition

Stevenage currently lie 16th in Sky Bet League Two, just two places and six points above Vale who moved up to 18th following the midweek stalemate at Barnet.

Last time out, Boro were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra, a side battling against the drop in the division.

Their away form has been a cause for concern all season, with only four successes coming on the road.

A slender victory over Chesterfield, the team that prop up the rest of the league, was their last on their travels on the 27th of January.


One To Watch - Danny Newton

Having spent the majority of his career thus far in the non-league pyramid, Newton's impressive form for Tamworth last season saw him given the opportunity to participate in the V9 Academy, a programe set up by Jamie Vardy.

The striker netted 28 goals in the National League North last season and he has continued to prove his worth after making the step up to the Football League.

Now 26 years of age, he will be hoping to become established in the professional game and he has fired home 11 league goals this campaign.

Blessed with pace, power and a natural eye for goal, Vale's back line will have to be alert to the danger on Saturday.


Team News

Vale remain without long-term absentees Kjell Knops and Adam Yates as they will be sidelined until the end of the season. 

Antony Kay has returned to training following his recent operation, but he is still a doubt for the clash, while Tom Pope is out recovering from surgery on a hernia. Joe Davis and Kyle Howkins will also be assessed ahead of the game.

Stevenage will be without Ben Wilmot after he was called up to the England Under-19s squad. Alex Revell serves his final match of a suspension, with Dean Bowditch likely to feature despite the striker missing the game with Crewe.

Matt Godden and Ronnie Henry are contenders to return to the squad, but Alex Samuel is still sidelined.



Neil Aspin: “I think it’s difficult for supporters when they haven’t gone anything to shout about, they’ve had a really poor season. We’ve got to make sure we can give them something to cheer about on Saturday and get behind us for the rest of the games”.

Darren Sarll: "They are all dangerous games, it is a big pitch, there is a lot of ground to cover when you play against Port Vale. We know a couple of their players very well, Michael Tonge, and I worked with Tom Pope at a previous club.

“You have to respect people like Tonge, Danny Pugh and players like that. They are good footballers, have had wonderful careers and are still going very strong with a high level of motivation may I add.

“It is a tough place to go Port Vale, it really is." 



Follow The Vale will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter and Facebook feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

There will also be build-up to the game with the official Snapchat account: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

Advertisement block

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage

17 March 2018

Vale had to come from two goals down in snowy conditions on Saturday, but second-half strikes from Donovan Wilson and Luke Hannant meant Neil Aspin’s men extended their unbeaten home record to eight games in Sky Bet League Two. Luke Amos and Ben Kennedy had put Stevenage into a commanding lead, but they were forced to sh

Stevenage created the first opening of the afternoon inside two minutes as the ball dropped kindly to Amos outside the area, but his snapshot flew over the crossbar. Seven minutes later, the visitors made the breakthrough as Jonathan Smith slid a pass through to Amos, with the winger controlling well before slotting a finish beyond Ryan Boot.

Despite the slow start, Vale were gifted a chance to level proceedings with 12 minutes played. Marcus Harness blocked an attempted clearance from Terence Vancooten and the ball fell fortuitously into his path, allowing him to drive forward into a dangerous position, but he was denied by a sprawling Tom King save.

Following a spell of scrappy football, the Valiants worked an opening again on 20 minutes as Anton Forrester found the feet of Hannant, but his low strike was team and easy for the goalkeeper to gather. John Goddard then set his sights on goal up the other end six minutes later, but his lobbed effort dropped over.

Just after the half hour mark, David Worrall sent in a cross from a wide free-kick and Charlie Raglan outjumped his marker to send a looping header inches wide of the far post. On 35 minutes, a scramble in the Stevenage almost saw Vale score after Hannant’s initial low cross was cleared as far as Harness. His strike was also blocked, and Forrester was unable to convert the follow-up.

Worrall then sent a stooping header narrowly wide in the 45th minute after connecting with a Danny Pugh delivery, but that proved to be the final chance of the half. Just two minutes after the restart, it was Stevenage who came out the strongest and they doubled their advantage through Kennedy who swept a finish past Boot.

As Stevenage looked to extend their lead, Smith saw a powerful strike blocked on 54 minutes before Amos smashed the rebound wide from 20 yards. The introduction of Donovan Wilson at half-time meant Vale had an extra man up front, but the away defence did well to restrict the space in the final third, Forrester seeing a shot blocked after 63 minutes.

That was until the 65th. mi, however, as Hannant did well down the byline to send in a low cross that found a hole in the Stevenage back line. Wilson then controlled expertly before planting a finish above the head of King and in to the roof of the net to bring the Valiants back in touching distance.

As the conditions continued to worsen due to the snow, there was a break in play on 75 minutes to clear the lines, but that did not stop the Valiants equalising two minutes later. Hannant cut inside before unleashing a curling effort into the top corner beyond the reach of the despairing goalkeeper.

It was the home side who carried the most attacking threat after finding a leveller, but they could not find a winner despite applying some real pressure in the seven minutes of additional time. The draw is Vale’s third in succession, and they will go into Tuesday’s clash with Exeter City at Vale Park hoping to pick up another positive result.

Team Line-Ups

Port Vale: Boot, Davis (Gibbons 45), Raglan, Smith, Montano, Harness (Wilson 45), Tonge, Pugh ©, Worrall, Hannant, Forrester

Unused Substitutes: Hornby, Howe, Howkins, Whitfield, Barnett.

Stevenage: King, Smith, Martin, King, Wilkinson, Sheaf, Kennedy, Goddard, Amos (Gorman 87), Newton, Vancooten (Franks 45 (Whelpdale 72)).

Unused Substitutes: Fryer, White, Slater, O’Donnell.


Attendance: 3,462 (104 away).

Advertisement block

Advertisement block