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Matchday in feature: Port Vale v Crawley Town

12 March 2022

It’s back to the Sky Bet League Two for this weekend’s featured game as Port Vale host Crawley Town.

📅 Match details

Kick-off at Vale Park in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 12 March is 15:00 when the Reds make the trip up from West Sussex.

Match officials have been named as Ross Joyce, assistant referees Christopher Husband and Adam Ricketts and fourth official Hristo Karaivanov.

👔 At the helm

Vale’s assistant boss Andy Crosby has stepped in in the absence of boss Darrell Clarke, who is taking a period of leave following a close family bereavement. The Burslem team have suffered just one defeat in their last five since the 49-year-old took the reins on a temporary basis.

Crosby, who joined the Club in March 2021, extended his stay at Vale Park to serve as Clarke’s number two, relinquishing his role with the Northern Ireland national team to focus his efforts on his position with the League Two team.

Crawley boss John Yems returned to the Club for a second spell in December 2019, with the 62-year-old already known to the Town fan base, having steered the side to National League safety in 2006/07 as caretaker boss.

Yems returned to West Sussex on an initial agreement until the end of the 2019/20 campaign before inking a longer-term deal with Crawley as the Reds finished 13th in League Two.

🔑 Key man

Midfielder David Worrall became one of the Valiants’ new signings after suffering relegation to the fourth-tier for the 2017/18 campaign and, four terms later, has now amassed over 100 appearances in a Vale shirt.

Worrall, who fell out of favour under former manager Neil Aspin, has flourished since the arrival of boss Clarke, with 30 appearances under his belt this season so far.

Reds stopper Glenn Morris has become a mainstay in this Crawley side, having initially joined the Club in a coaching capacity, before stepping in between the sticks and reclaiming the number one spot.

The 38-year-old, who clocked his 500th career appearance earlier in the campaign, has been a constant presence for Town and continues to prove his worth in the net.

📈 Form guide

Tenth-placed Port Vale sit six points outside the League Two Play-Off places, with two games in hand on Tranmere Rovers, sitting in seventh. Vale, who suffered defeat to Colchester last time out, have registered just one defeat in their last 10 League outings, however, six of those have ended in deadlock.

Crawley, on the other hand, occupy 13th place and have found points easier to come by on their travels. Hitting the road for the first time since the beginning of February, Yems’ side boast just one defeat in their last nine away from home, picking up 18 points from a possible 27 since November.

  The last five
Port Vale

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Crawley Town

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