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Preview: Port Vale (H)

29 November 2019

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Cheltenham Town and Port Vale come head-to-head for the first time this season in the FA Cup second round at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday (kick-off: 3pm).

With both sides going strongly in League Two, they meet to decide which club will progress to the third round stage of this year's competition, with the potential to draw a Premier League or Championship club dependent on Monday's draw where either club will be ball number 62.

A replay win over League Two leaders Swindon Town helped the Robins to this stage, and having not reached the third round since 2013 when Premier League Everton were the visitors, the possibility of getting through and the excitement of extending the club's FA Cup campaign into the New Year is an enticing one for Michael Duff's charges.

Tickets for the match are £3 cheaper if bought online in advance before 11am on matchday. Buy online to take advantage of this discount in all areas of the stadium.

Team news

Charlie Raglan will be pushing to be fit to play after missing Tuesday's trip with an infection. Sean Long is likely to be involved after featuring as a second half substitute at Blundell Park.

Luke Varney and Tahvon Campbell are definitely out. Josh Debayo has been back in training and is edging closer to fitness.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference previewing the tie:

Defender Will Boyle was back in the starting XI at Grimsby on Tuesday and has also been sharing his thoughts.


Much like the Robins, Port Vale have shown encouraging signs of progress in League Two this season, and again similarly to Cheltenham their manager, John Askey, is now in his first full season in charge having been appointed in February.

The man who led Macclesfield Town to the Football League has steered his side into 9th and a position just outside the play-offs. In fact they are only three points behind Cheltenham and up to last weekend's loss away at improving Scunthorpe United had recorded four straight wins in all competitions in a run of seven unbeaten.

Goalkeeper Scott Brown brings a huge amount of experience and is someone Robins fans will know very well having made 300 appearances in two spells with the club.

Defensively another experienced header, Leon Legge, offers leadership at the back, while youth product Nathan Smith has developed into an impressive part of their back line since coming through their set-up.

In midfield they've used the loan market to bring in Jake Taylor on loan from Nottingham Forest, while Luke Joyce knows this level well having played regularly in it for Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United. David Worrall will miss the tie having been sent off last weekend.

Their attacking options include former Liverpool youngster David Amoo and ex-Luton man Mark Cullen. They'll welcome back fans favourite Tom Pope on Saturday, while another physical presence up top is ex-Morecambe loanee Richie Bennett.

They are the only team in League Two who are yet to lose at home this season, while they've struggled a little more on their travels when it has come to league commitments - winning twice, drawing three and losing five times.

Vale got to this stage though with a notable first round win at League One side MK Dons. A goal from Worrall in the first half secured their progression against the third tier side at Stadium MK.

Last season's meetings

Both sides scored late on at Vale Park last season in the first of the two League Two clashes between the Robins and Saturday's opponents.

On a freezing cold afternoon in December Cristian Montano's opener gave Vale the lead. Sam Jones equalised though when he finished from close range to draw Cheltenham level.

Nigel Atangana's neat finish looked to have won the game on 89 minutes for Michael Duff's men. However a set piece saw Antony Kay force the ball home on 93 minutes to earn a dramatic point for Vale.

The return clash at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium took place in late February. A single goal earned three points for Cheltenham.

It came from a well worked corner routine as Chris Hussey played the ball into the box and Luke Varney claimed his tenth goal of the season with a first half finish that secured all three points.


Buy tickets in advance online for the match and save £3 off the cost of each purchased ticket. To make the saving you must buy online before 11am on Saturday. Tickets are otherwise available on the turnstiles at normal matchday prices.

The ticket office will be open before the match selling for future home games and the upcoming away trip to Mansfield Town.

With Christmas just around the corner the club shop will be open from midday selling merchandise and match programmes.

Match programme

Available for £2, Saturday's match programme features a big interview with defender Charlie Raglan. He looks back on his time with Vale as a player, his FA Cup memories in his time at Oxford United and Chesterfield, and how the Robins got here with victory over Swindon in round one.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders is also interviewed after his fine showing on Tuesday evening, while there's also a look back at how the club has fared in its 16 previous FA Cup second round ties.

Manager Michael Duff pens his usual notes and chairman Andy Wilcox also writes pre-match.


Stay up to date with events at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. Goal and score updates will also be available on the club's Facebook page.

Hear full match commentary of Saturday's match by tuning in on iFollow with an audio match pass.

After the match visit the club website to read a match report and hear reaction from the manager.

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Match Reports

Report: Robins 1-3 Port Vale

30 November 2019

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Cheltenham Town missed the chance to be in the hat for the FA Cup third round after losing 3-1 to Port Vale at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Reuben Reid’s first Robins goal put the hosts in front but an eight-minute hat-trick from Tom Pope turned the game on its head.

It means his side are in the hat for the draw on Monday, Cheltenham on the other hand can now focus solely on League Two, having been knocked out of both cups.

Cheltenham made the ideal start after Sean Long was brought down in box in the second minute for Reid to fire the spot-kick into the roof of the net for his first for the club.

Reid had a golden chance to double his tally when found in yards of space by Long, but the striker could only miskick it into his standing leg.

Port Vale's Jake Taylor had a go from distance on 17 minutes in what was his sides first effort on goal, but it was straight at Scott Flinders who caught it easily.

David Amoo went close soon after, hitting the bar from a tight angle although he was marginally offside.

Alex Addai squandered a glorious chance to make it two when Ben Tozer controlled it on the chest and slipped the striker through, but a heavy touch allowed former Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Brown to gather.

The home side pressed for a second and after good work down the right from Addai, Jake Doyle-Hayes saw a shot blocked 12 yards out.

Another chance was wasted 10 minutes before the interval, Broom slid in Long who squared it to Chris Hussey, but the wing-back could only miscontrol it with his weaker right foot and the chance was gone.

Reid had another chance to score again after beating two defenders and cutting inside on his left deep in the penalty area, but as he got set to shoot he pulled his hamstring and was forced off.

In first-half stoppage time, Vale ought to have levelled. Browne found space in the area but his cross was missed by both Pope and Amoo when it looked like a certain goal.

The visitors threatened once more just before half time, Cristian Montano crossed it in and captain Leon Legge, who had stayed forward after a corner, saw a deflected header save by Flinders.

Pope missed two guilt-edged opportunity to equalise early in the second half. First, Flinders dropped a corner delivery straight to the striker, who could only stab it into the side netting.

Moments later, he was found by a deep cross to the far post, but directed his header across goal and nobody was there to finish it off.

Hussey went close with his own headed attempt not long after, nodding Doyle-Hayes’ fantastic lofted pass just wide of the far post.

Pope did get an equaliser on the hour mark and it was Pope who finally netted, nodding in Rhys Browne’s cross and although Flinders got a hand on it, the ball nestled in the bottom corner.

Pope got a second two minutes later and turned the game on its head, with a brilliant diving header that squirmed under Flinders again.

Pope got his hat-trick, just eight minutes after his first, rifling home after the ball broke loose in the box from a corner kick.

Will Boyle was inches from pulling a goal back on 70 minutes, Hussey put a great ball in from a corner but the centre-back couldn’t connect at the far post.

Jonte Smith saw a close range header saved on the line by Brown, as the game started to fizzle out for the Robins.

ROBINS: Flinders, Tozer (c), Boyle, Greaves; Long, Doyle-Hayes (Smith, 82’), Ince, Hussey, Broom (Sheaf, 60’); Addai, Reid (Reilly, 45)’.

Subs not used: Lovett, Raglan, Clements.

PORT VALE: Brown, Gibbons, Legge (c), Smith, Montano; Taylor, Joyce, Conlon (Brisley, 90’); Amoo, Pope, Browne.

Subs not used: Maddison, Atkinson, Cullen, Evans, Burgess, Bennett.

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 2,725 (443 away)

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Ticket News

Save money and buy in advance for Port Vale tie

29 November 2019

Today is the final opportunity to buy in advance from the ticket office and save £3 on your match ticket for Saturday's FA Cup second round tie with Port Vale.

Fans can still make the most of the saving online up to 11am on Saturday, but for supporters wanting to buy in person the ticket office is open today for advance sales.

Open between 10am and 3pm, supporters can save on their match ticket in all areas of the stadium for the visit of fellow League Two side Vale, as both sides battle it out to see who will advance into the third round when Premier League and Championship teams enter the competition.

Prices for Saturday both in advance and on matchday are:

Completely Motoring Colin Farmer Stand

Adults: In advance: £19 Matchday: £22
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £13 Matchday: £16
Under 18s: In advance: £5 Matchday: £8

Autovillage Main Stand

Adults: In advance: £18 Matchday: £21B
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £12 Matchday: £15
Under 18s: In advance: £5 Matchday: £8

Terracing (Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock & Tunnel)

Adults: In advance: £14 Matchday: £17
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £10 Matchday: £13
Under 18s: In advance: £3 Matchday: £6

Block 7 of the Colin Farmer Stand will be open for this fixture for the singing section.

Fans can buy online with no booking fee until 11am on Saturday morning.

The ticket office opens on Saturday and tickets will be available on the turnstiles at usual matchday prices.

The club shop is also open today and on Saturday selling Robins merchandise ahead of the Christmas period.

Tickets and away travel for the next League Two fixture at Mansfield Town on Saturday 7 December are also available to buy from the ticket office. 

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