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Pope prays for good weather

30 January 2014

Striker hoping the snow stays away

Vale will be keeping one eye on the weather forecast this weekend with a long trip to Gillingham ahead of them and snow forecast in places.

Tuesday’s home game against Crawley Town was postponed at midday due to a waterlogged pitch, but to travel down into deepest Kent and then have no game would be more frustrating.

It is important Vale can get back into League One action following their defeat to Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend and keep up the momentum.

Vale striker Tom Pope has experienced a similar scenario three years ago when he was with Rotherham United and their game was called off following a long journey and he doesn’t fancy a repeat.

He said: “You don’t want to be travelling all of that way and finding the game called off. It happened a couple of years ago to me, going down to Torquay when we had all of that snow.

“They had given out proper weather warnings and we travelled on the Friday and got up on Saturday morning and it was absolutely covered.

“You don’t want a wasted journey at any point, but especially when you are travelling for four of five hours.

“Once you have got down there you want the game to be on, so hopefully the game will go ahead and we can carry on in the League where we left off.”

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