PREVIEW: Vale take on The Bees at Vale Park this weekend

Will Vale sting The Bees into submission and take the honey?

Although Vale boss Neil Aspin is doing everything he can to play down the importance of tomorrow’s clash against Barnet, at this stage of the season, and given the league positions of the two sides, it’s a big fixture for both clubs.

A defeat for the Valiants would see Aspin’s side slip back into the bottom two, on the other hand, a win would open up a four-point gap to see Vale pull away a little.

And with another home fixture coming up just three days later on Tuesday when Steve Evans’ Mansfield Town visit Vale Park, with two good results things could be really looking up.

Vale’s recent revival hopes were given another boost on Thursday when the appointment of former favourite Jon McCarthy was announced. McCarthy will take over the role of Fitness Coach and also have a hand in coaching.

It is another positive step as far as the club and its supporters are concerned and it sends out another positive message that the club is finally heading in the right direction.

Saturday’s opponents Barnet earlier this week appointed former Wolves manager Mark McGee, but at the time of writing it isn’t clear whether or not he will be allowed to take his place in the dugout on Saturday

Following and incident when he was in charge of Motherwell he was handed a six-match touchline ban, but he was sacked before it had chance to take effect.

McGee was charged over his conduct towards a match official during Well’s 7-2 defeat against Aberdeen back in February and lost his job with the Steelmen after a further two matches.

Vale have no fresh injury concerns and are expected to start Anton Forrester alongside Tom Pope after showing impressive form since his return from injury.

The striker has scored two goals and apart from his display in the pitch, he has been impressive in training according to his manager.

There will be no return just yet for the injured on-loan midfielder Ben Whitfield, however, after Aspin confirmed he is two weeks away from full recovery.


Dave Johnson – 6TR


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