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Last Time We Met: Cheltenham Town

14 December 2018

Port Vale welcome Michael Duff's Cheltenham Town to Burslem in Sky Bet League Two action this weekend, but what happened last time the two sides met?

The last time Vale hosted The Robins, Neil Aspin's side ran out 3-1 winners courtesy of goals from Tom Pope and Ben Whitfield.

Vale headed into the game on a poor run of 11 games without a win, though you wouldn't know it as they put in a stellar performance at Vale Park to get back to winning ways.

In typical fashion, Pope gave The Valiants the lead, powering a header past Scott Flinders in the Cheltenham net following a James Gibbons cross.

Whitfield scored a brilliant volley from the edge of the box to double Vale's lead. Tyrone Barnett's initial shot was blocked, before Whitfield took range from 20 yards to slam home and put Aspin's side well and truly in the driver's seat.

Pope's day got even better with just ten minutes to play as he added his second of the afternoon. This time he rounded Flinders before tapping in from a tight angle, to score his fourth goal in five games and well and truly put the game beyond The Robins.

Cheltenham did go onto find the net, though it proved a mere consolation as Kevin Dawson smashed home from close range following a goal-mouth scramble.


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